Exposé Online banner

The Beatles — Magical Mystery Tour
(Capitol MAL-2835, 2835, 1967, LP)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 2017-03-23

Magical Mystery Tour Cover art

This is the first of four Beatles albums on my third tier list, and I would guess that one of the first Beatles tracks that got under my skin when I was much younger was this album's title track. Back in the day when there weren't as many television channels, I used to see the old Beatles movies quite a bit, and to my young eyes this was one of the most fascinating, in some ways there didn't seem to be a huge divide between children's programming and psychedelic imagery and this seemed to marry or perhaps obscure both. Anyway it's kind of hard to talk about the Beatles and say more than what has already been said before about their position in the grand scheme of rock and pop. In many ways you can trace most of the modern development of popular music back to these albums and I think the more you experience all music, the more brilliant the Beatles look, and in particular the songwriting duo of Lennon and McCartney. And this is a really strong collection of a lot of their classics from the title track to "Strawberry Fields Forever" to "I Am the Walrus," all of which time has not forgotten nor perhaps every will. They made it look so easy and did it all with a sense of wonder and an expansion of consciousness that made the well of creativity look forever endless. Cuz love is all you need…


Filed under: Archives, 1967 releases

Related artist(s): The Beatles

Latest news

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Lolli Zan - Ancient Girl – Well, you never know what might show up in your mailbox when you write for this magazine. This one was a pleasant surprise. It's fairly ambitious independent rock with a flavor of India, and maybe...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues