Magical Mystery Tour (Stereo - 2009 remaster)

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Release date:
Sep 09, 2009
Publisher:
Apple, EMI

Related sessions

This album has been recorded during the following studio sessions






























Mixing "Penny Lane"

Sep 30, 1971


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Track list

Disc 1


1.

Magical Mystery Tour

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:50 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Percussion
John Lennon :
Acoustic rhythm guitar, Percussion, Vocals
George Harrison :
Lead guitar, Percussion, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Mal Evans :
Percussion
Neil Aspinall :
Percussion
David Mason :
Trumpets
Elgar Howarth :
Trumpets
Roy Copestake :
Trumpets
John Wilbraham :
Trumpets
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Apr 25, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
25,26,27 Apr, 3 May, 7 Nov 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Nov 07, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


2.

The Fool On The Hill

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:59 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Acoustic guitar, Bass, Piano, Recorder, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Finger cymbals, Maracas
John Lennon :
Harmonica, Jew's harp
George Harrison :
Acoustic guitar, Harmonica
George Martin :
Producer
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer
Christopher Taylor :
Flutes
Richard Taylor :
Flutes
Jack Ellory :
Flutes
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Sep 25, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
25,26,27 Sep, 20 Oct 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Nov 01, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


3.

Flying

Written by Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison

2:16 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Maracas, Sound effects, Vocals
John Lennon :
Mellotron, Organ, Sound effects, Vocals
George Harrison :
Guitar, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Sep 08, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Sep 28, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Nov 07, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


4.

Blue Jay Way

Written by George Harrison

3:55 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Backing vocals, Bass
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon :
Backing vocals
George Harrison :
Hammond organ, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Peter Willison :
Cello
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Sep 06, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Sep 07, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
Oct 06, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Nov 07, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


5.

Your Mother Should Know

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:28 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Tambourine
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Organ
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer
John Timperley :
Recording engineer
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Aug 22, 1967
Studio :
Chappell Recording Studios, London UK

Session Overdubs:
Aug 23, 1967
Studio :
Chappell Recording Studios, London UK

Session Overdubs:
Sep 29, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Nov 06, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


6.

I Am The Walrus

Written by Lennon - McCartney

4:36 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass guitar, Tambourine
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Electric piano, Mellotron, Vocals
George Harrison :
Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Jack Rothstein :
Violin
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer
Sidney Sax :
Violin
Peggie Allen :
Backing vocals
Wendy Horan :
Backing vocals
Pat Whitmore :
Backing vocals
Jill Utting :
Backing vocals
June Day :
Backing vocals
Sylvia King :
Backing vocals
Irene King :
Backing vocals
G Mallen :
Backing vocals
Fred Lucas :
Backing vocals
Mike Redway :
Backing vocals
John O'Neill :
Backing vocals
F Dachtler :
Backing vocals
Allan Grant :
Backing vocals
D Griffiths :
Backing vocals
J Smith :
Backing vocals
J Fraser :
Backing vocals
Ralph Elman :
Violin
Andrew McGee :
Violin
Jack Greene :
Violin
Louis Stevens :
Violin
John Jezzard :
Violin
Jack Richards :
Violin
Lionel Ross :
Cello
Eldon Fox :
Cello
Bram Martin :
Cello
Terry Weil :
Cello
Gordon Lewin :
Clarinet
Neil Sanders :
Horn
Tony Tunstall :
Horn
Morris Miller :
Horn
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Ray Thomas :
Backing vocals
Mike Pinder :
Backing vocals
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator
The Mike Sammes Singers :
Backing vocals

Session Recording:
Sep 05, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio One, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
5, 6, 27, 28, 29 Sep 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Nov 06, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Nov 17, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Room 53, Abbey Road


7.

Hello Goodbye

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:29 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Bongos, Conga, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Maracas, Tambourine
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Lead guitar, Organ
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Lead guitar
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Ken Scott :
Recording engineer
Kenneth Essex :
Viola
Leo Birnbaum :
Viola
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Oct 02, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
2, 19, 20, 25 Oct, 2 Nov 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Nov 06, 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road


8.

Strawberry Fields Forever

Written by Lennon - McCartney

4:07 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Bongos, Electric guitar, Mellotron, Timpani
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Percussion
John Lennon :
Acoustic guitar, Bongos, Mellotron, Piano, Vocals
George Harrison :
Electric guitar, Maracas, Svarmandal, Timpani
George Martin :
Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Mal Evans :
Tambourine
Derek Simpson :
Cello
Norman Jones :
Cello
Neil Aspinall :
Guiro
Terry Doran :
Maracas
Tony Fisher :
Trumpet
Greg Bowen :
Trumpet
Derek Watkins :
Trumpet
Stanley Roderick :
Trumpet
John Hall :
Cello
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Nov 29, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Recording:
Dec 08, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
29 Nov 1966 and 8, 9, 15, 21 Dec 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Dec 29, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road


9.

Penny Lane

Written by Lennon - McCartney

2:58 • Studio versionC2009 • Stereo • 2009 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Harmonium, Percussion, Piano, Tambourine, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Handbell
John Lennon :
Backing vocals, Congas, Guitar, Handclaps, Piano
George Harrison :
Backing vocals, Guitar
George Martin :
Piano, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
David Mason :
Flugelhorn, Trumpets
Ray Swinfield :
Flutes, Piccolos
P Goody :
Flutes, Piccolos
Manny Winters :
Flutes, Piccolos
Dennis Walton :
Flutes, Piccolos
Leon Calvert :
Flugelhorn, Trumpets
Freddy Clayton :
Flugelhorn, Trumpets
Bert Courtley :
Flugelhorn, Trumpets
Duncan Campbell :
Flugelhorn, Trumpets
Dick Morgan :
Cor anglais, Oboes
Mike Winfield :
Cor anglais, Oboes
Frank Clarke :
Double bass
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Dec 29, 1966
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Two, Abbey Road

Session Overdubs:
30 Dec 1966 and 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12 Jan 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Sep 30, 1971
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK


10.

Baby You're A Rich Man

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:01 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Piano, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums, Maracas, Tambourine
John Lennon :
Clavioline, Piano, Vocals
George Harrison :
Guitar, Handclaps, Vocals
George Martin :
Producer
Keith Grant :
Recording engineer
Eddie Kramer :
Vibraphone
Mick Jagger :
Vocals
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
May 11, 1967
Studio :
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
May 11, 1967
Studio :
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Session Mixing:
Oct 22, 1971
Studio :
AIR Studios, London, UK


11.

All You Need Is Love

Written by Lennon - McCartney

3:51 • Studio versionB2009 • Stereo • 2009 remaster

Paul McCartney :
Bass, Double bass, Vocals
Ringo Starr :
Drums
John Lennon :
Banjo, Harpsichord, Vocals
George Harrison :
Guitar, Violin, Vocals
George Martin :
Piano, Producer
Geoff Emerick :
Recording engineer
Eric Clapton :
Chorus
Mike McCartney / McGear :
Chorus
Sidney Sax :
Violin
Pattie Harrison :
Chorus
Marianne Faithfull :
Chorus
David Mason :
Trumpet
Lionel Ross :
Cello
Eddie Kramer :
Recording engineer
Mick Jagger :
Chorus
Patrick Halling :
Violin
Eric Bowie :
Violin
John Ronayne :
Violin
Jack Holmes :
Cello
Rex Morris :
Tenor saxophone
Don Honeywill :
Tenor saxophone
Stanley Woods :
Trumpet
Evan Watkins :
Trombone
Harry Spain :
Trombone
Jack Emblow :
Accordion
Keith Richards :
Chorus
Jane Asher :
Chorus
Graham Nash :
Chorus
Keith Moon :
Chorus
Hunter Davies :
Chorus
Gary Leeds :
Chorus
Mike Vickers :
Conductor
Guy Massey :
Remastering
Steve Rooke :
Remastering
Allan Rouse :
Project co-ordinator

Session Recording:
Jun 14, 1967
Studio :
Olympic Sound Studios, London

Session Overdubs:
19, 23, 24, 25, 26 Jun 1967
Studio :
EMI Studios, Abbey Road

Session Mixing:
Oct 29, 1968
Studio :
EMI Studios, Studio Three, Abbey Road

About

From the liner notes:

The Beatles devised, wrote and directed a television film called Magical Mystery Tour, which was broadcast on BBC TV at Christmas, 1967. It featured six new songs and these were released in the UK on the unique format of a double- EP on 8th December. Two seven inch records with three songs on each – were presented in a gatefold sleeve with a 28- page booklet of photos from the film, lyrics and the story told in a comic strip. As with albums, record buyers were offered the choice of a mono or stereo version. However, in the USA and some other countries, the EP format was no longer considered viable. Instead, the film songs appeared on one side of a twelve inch disc with the reverse side’s five tracks drawn from recent singles that had never surfaced on an LP. The album was eventually released in the UK in November, 1976 and was added to the ‘core’ Beatles catalogue when their music was transferred to CD in 1987. 

A perfect companion to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the Magical Mystery Tour album rounds up all the other songs released in 1967. The double A -sided single ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ /’Penny Lane’ was released in February – the first new Beatles material for six months. ‘All You Need Is Love’ followed it in July – issued five weeks after Sgt. Pepper. An anthem for ‘the summer of love’, it was first heard on 25th June, 1967 by a massive global audience watching the historic TV programme Our World the first satellite link-up between countries from all five continents. Their sixteenth single ‘Hello, Goodbye’ had arrived in the shops at the end of November, 1967. 

By Christmas, The Beatles were at number one with ‘Hello, Goodbye’ and at number two with Magical Mystery Tour. ‘I Am The Walrus’ was on the flip-side of the single and also part of the EP package and so, for three weeks, the same song occupied the top two positions of the British chart. In the States, the Magical Mystery Tour album reached number one in the first chart of January, 1968 and stayed there for eight weeks. Its initial run in the Top LPs chart lasted for 59 weeks and it re-entered the list several times until the summer of 1970. 

Magical Mystery Tour contained the colourful recordings of what is often described as The Beatles’ ‘psychedelic’ period. At the end of 1968, the stark white cover of their new album signalled they had, once again, overturned any expectations of what they might do next … 
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Recording Notes 

Produced by George Martin
Orchestrations by George Martin
Principal Engineers: Geoff Emerick & Ken Scott 

The title track of Magical Mystery Tour was started on 25th April, 1967 – five weeks before the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and only four days after that LP was finished. The other songs on this album were recorded over a long period. The earliest ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ – dates from November 1966; the last – ‘Hello, Goodbye’ – from October of the following year. However, work on five of the six songs featured in the film was concentrated between August and October, 1967. 

The sessions for the film songs continued the experimentation evident throughout the recording of Sgt. Pepper. The Beatles’ ideas for arrangements were often a step ahead of what technology could provide. But it was a challenge that George Martin and the Abbey Road engineers rose to as ambitious ideas were converted into reality. Not surprisingly, the intricacy of their songs demanded more tracks than were available on a four-track tape and so extra ones were created by ‘bouncing down’. This process involved copying the first four tracks to another tape and simultaneously combining some of them to leave free as many tracks as were needed for additional overdubs. ‘Bouncing down’ was repeated several times to accommodate a complicated arrangement and, on this album, all the titles needed the procedure. Three songs even required copying to a fourth tape. 

One of these was ‘I Am The Walrus’, which evolved over nine unique tracks. These consisted of drums with tambourine, bass and additional drums, guitar, electric piano, lead vocal, eight violins, four cellos, three horns with contra bass clarinet and a choir of sixteen voices. There was a final overdub, which was only added during the mono mix. The sound of dialogue from a live radio broadcast being faded in and out of the song was not recorded on the four-track tape and so it meant it could not be replicated during the mix to stereo. 

The solution was to edit to the mono mix at the point where the radio effect first occurs but change the mono to fake stereo using ADT (Artificial! Automatic Double Tracking). The mock stereo continues until near the end of the song when it returns to mono and is panned between left and right. 

During 1967, there were a few occasions when The Beatles were unable to use Abbey Road at short notice and so they moved to independent studios in London. Despite visits to Olympic, De Lane Lea and Chappell, they still spent most of their time working in Studios Two and Three at Abbey Road. 

This remastered album has been created from the original stereo analogue master tapes. 

Remastered by Guy Massey and Steve Rooke
Project Co-ordinator: Allan Rouse 

Thanks to Simon Gibson 

Historical Notes: Kevin Howlett and Mike Heatley 
Recording Notes: Allan Rouse and Kevin Howlett 
Project management for EMI Records Ltd: Wendy Day and Guy Hayden 

All songs published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. 

copyright protection. All rights reserved. 
Artwork © 2009 Apple Corps Ltd. All photographs ©Apple Corps Ltd. 

Album Redesign: Drew Lorimer
Photo Retouching: Gavin O’Neill 

Photo editing and research: Aaron Bremner and Dorcas Lynn 

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