The Beatles Most Psychedelic Album: Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour album is often somewhat forgotten compared to Sgt Pepper, Revolver, Rubber Soul, The White Album, Abbey Road, Let It Be, A Hard Days Night, & Help! but in some ways its among their greatest albums. Although it may be hard to argue its their best album, it is reasonable to argue that it is their most psychedelic album and if you are great fan of psychedelic music like I am, that means a lot. Part of the reason the album is somewhat ignored is that it wasnt really originally intended as an album but instead as an EP. The album version (released in the United States originally) included songs that had long before been released as singles such as "Strawberry Fields Forever" & "Penny Lane." But those songs are not included on any other studio album so it does make sense to let them have a home on Magical Mystery Tour. And certainly "Strawberry Fields Forever" & "Penny Lane" are among The Beatles greatest songs. What I really like about the album is that every song is at least a little bit weird. I like weird music and The Beatles made some great weird music during this part of their career. A good example is "The Fool on the Hill." What kind of song is that anyway? Its a ballad I suppose but its not the usual "I love you" ballad, its about, well, a fool on a hill. And the instrumentation and arrangement is quite strange indeed. Perhaps its actually the instrumental 3rd track "Flying" that most gives the album its special psychedelic flavor. This is clearly a song meant to be listened to by those in another place. Its just bizarre really, and I love the ending. It goes perfectly into George Harrisons weirdest song, "Blue Jay Way." "Blue Jay Way" was The Beatles at their most experimental in the studio. They seemed to throw almost every studio trick they had at their disposal into this song. Some would say that makes it a bit over the top with effects, and there may be some point to that. But it works for me. In fact its the production that really does it for me, its not a great song but the insanity of it makes it interesting for me. The real centerpiece of the album is "I Am The Walrus" which is the ultimate weird Beatles song. Its the song that most defines this album for me and considering its easily among my very favorite Beatles songs, its a big reason why I think this is a great album. It includes most of the studio trickery of "Blue Jay Way" but in a much more controlled fashion, and the song is about 100X better too, which helps quite a bit. Im not a big fan of "Hello Goodbye" (even before the Target commercials) but the outro of the song is quite cool and it has some neat riffs in it. "Baby Youre a Rich Man" is a pretty unknown song by Beatles standards but I also think its one of their coolest songs. Its one of the highlights of the album for me. Its fantastically weird. ------ Marvin J. Markus thinks you buy your bass guitar online. You can also buy guitar parts online.