“Magical Mystery Tour” Review.

It was 48 years ago on Feb. 7 that The Beatles landed in America for their first U.S. tour. The Beatles are iconic in terms of rock history. Over winter break I was given vinyl records from a friend and one of the records in the collection was “Magical Mystery Tour.”
“Magical Mystery Tour” was released in the United States on November 27, 1967.  The album was in excellent condition including the original 24-page color picture book. As a Beatle’s fan from a younger generation, obtaining an original record left me speechless. It was Christmas morning all over again for me.
I never thought much of this album, but then again, I never listened to it on vinyl until now. It has its quality tracks. The album was a success in the U.S. when it was released and praised by critics. The film on the other hand was a failure because it was a bit chaotic.
Side one of “Magical Mystery Tour” has nothing on side two. Besides giving the psychedelic feel to what the album represented, the songs don’t compare to side two in popularity or quality.
Paul McCartney is the lead vocalist for the majority of side one. McCartney is overrated and I’m not partial to the songs he sings off of the record. It is hard to decipher the difference between “Fool on the Hill” and “Your Mother Should Know.” I can’t fully knock Sir Paul McCartney, because the man does have talent. His music is just too predictable for my taste.
George Harrison is the one Beatle that never got the credit he fully deserved on the talent scale. “Blue Jay Way” on side one is Harrison’s song that gives a complete psychedelic feel and puts the mind into a trance.
“I Am the Walrus” sung by John Lennon is one of the most well known tracks from the album. The common misconception about that song is that Lennon is saying “Koo Koo Ka choo,” but is actually saying “Goo Goo G’Joob.” I had been saying the wrong lyrics for years to this song until I read the words on the vinyl jacket.
“Magical Mystery Tour” picks up significantly after “I Am the Walrus,” because it is time to flip the record over to side two.
McCartney redeems himself with “Hello Goodbye,” and one of my favorite Beatles songs, “Penny Lane.” This side of the record has more of a variety musically.
“Penny Lane” helps the flow between “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Baby You’re a Rich Man.” Lennon’s vocals are astonishing on this album. Saying Lennon has a beautiful voice would be an understatement. Not only was he a poetic genius, but he sung his words with passion.
The last track on the album, “All You Need is Love,” is a symbol of what the sixties was all about. Hands down it is one of the more elegant songs the Beatles have ever recorded. Chills run down my spine every time the needle reaches that last song on the record. Lennon represented exactly what he sings about in this track, “All you need is love, love is all you need.”
It is important to appreciate the music of the past, because it will always be relevant. Whether or not record players will be existent, the music is available digitally.
Regardless if music fans own vinyl or not there should never be an excuse to not know the rock legends that started it for the current music generation.
The Beatles have influenced musicians and music fans of all generations. “Magical Mystery Tour” was not particularly the best of the Beatles albums, but many of the tracks from the album are still relevant in today’s music world.


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