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Magical Mystery Tour (Double EP)
(Update: 13th. February 2010)


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#1 Magical Mystery Tour (1st. Press? "German Cover": SMO 39 501/2)
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TITLE
MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR
TRACK LISTING
RECORD 1
SIDE 1 Magical mystery tour (Lennon-McCartney)
Your mother should know (Lennon-McCartney)
SIDE 2 I am the walrus (Lennon-McCartney)
RECORD 2
SIDE 1 The fool on the hill (Lennon-McCartney)
Flying (Harrison-Lennon-McCartney-Starkey)
SIDE 2 Blue jay way (Harrison)
RELEASE DATE
1967? /Third Press? (First Press: 8th. December 1967?)
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jacket jacket Both the front and back covers were laminated, and inner pockets held the two 7 inch EP disks. jacket jacket
Catalog No. "SMO 39 501/2" was printed at the upper corner of the back cover. At the inner pocket, the old Apple mark, which looks like a drawing, and the word "apple presents" was printed. "LES INDUSTRIES MUSICALES ET ÉLECTRIAUES PATHÉ MARCONI" was printed at the inner sleeve.
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jacket jacket label label "ODEON" logomark and "BIEM" in rectangular box was printed on the label.
"MADE IN FRANCE" was printed at the right of the center hole.
The Odeon logo mark and the words "MADE & PRINTED IN GERMANY" were printed at the inside of the picture sleeve.
OTHER ITEM part 1: 24 page color booklet
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jacket jacket jacket jacket A 24 pages full color book packed with exclusive pictures, a strip cartoon of the original story.
OTHER ITEM part 2: Lyric Sheet
jacket jacket jacket jacket A 24 page book, plus a sheet of lyrics, was stapled into the middle. The lyric sheet was on light blue paper.
RECORD LABEL
Odeon Red Label
CATALOG NUMBER
SMO 39 501/2
MIX
MONO (from Stereo mix?)
MATRIX No. Side1 M3   256652    7XCE   18435   21
Side2 M3   256438    7XCE   18434   21
Side3 M3   256597    7XCE   18436   21
Side4 M3   256598    7XCE   18437   21
VINYL COLOR
BLACK
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME
Odeon
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES
The package came with a gatefold sleeve and a 28-page book, including lyrics.
Photo: John Kelly / Drawing: Bob Gibson / Notes: Tony Barrow
PRINTER CREDIT
COVER ELECTROLA GESELLSCHAFT  M. B. H. KÖLN
RECORD LES INDUSTRIES MUSICALES ET ÉLECTRIAUES    PATHÉ MARCONI
PRODUCER
George Martin
COMMENTS
In France, the "Magical Mystery Tour" soundtrack was released as a special double E.P. package, too.
As The Beatles had six songs for release, it was decided that they would release a double-EP set. The package came with a gatefold sleeve and a 28-page book, including lyrics.
Both the front and back covers were laminated, and inner pockets held the two 7 inch EP disks.
A 24 page book, plus a sheet of lyrics, was stapled into the middle. The lyric sheet was on light blue paper.
At the inner pocket, the old Apple mark, which looks like a drawing, and the word "Apple Presents" was printed.

In Spring of 1966, Odeon replaced their earlier label with a red label and their logo with a logo that more closely resembled those used in other countries. The red label appears on all Odeon releases of the time, but when France took up the EEC numbering in 1969, they stopped using the original catalog numbers on Beatles releases.

There are three variations of the EPs;
Type-1: Catalog number is SOLM 1/2 (mono) and SOLS 1/2 (stereo).
Type-2: Catalog number is MEO HS 39501/2
Type-3(=This record): Catalog number is SMO 39501/2
All three of the French issues are from 1967-68 and are all the "first issue.(maybe)"
It is probably true that since French Odeon used covers made in other countries, they decided to press some labels to match the catalog numbers on the covers. This means that they probably PRINTED the "German" and "Spanish" labels first, but all three were on sale at the same time.

The SOLM/SOLS issue has the Spanish catalog number and cover.
The SMO- issue has German catalog number and cover.
The MEO- issue is the "true" French one, being numbered as part of the French EP series; these, though, have German-made covers.

*BIEM=Bureau International de l'Edition Mécanique



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