|Parlophone Label EP Series
|Magical Mystery Tour (7inch)
Tour is a record by the English rock band the Beatles that
was released as a double EP in the United Kingdom and an
LP in the United States. It includes the soundtrack to the
1967 television film of the same name. The EP was issued
in the UK on 8 December 1967 on the Parlophone label,
while the Capitol Records LP release in the US occurred on
27 November and featured an additional five songs that
were originally released as singles that year. In 1976,
Parlophone released the eleven-track LP in the UK.
After the Beatles completed Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in April 1967, Paul McCartney wanted to create a film that captured a psychedelic theme similar to that represented by author and LSD proponent Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters on the US West Coast.
Titled Magical Mystery Tour, it would combine Kesey's idea of a psychedelic bus ride with McCartney's memories of Liverpudlians holidaying on coach tours.
The film was to be unscripted: various "ordinary" people were to travel on a coach and have unspecified "magical" adventures.
The Magical Mystery Tour movie was made and included six new Beatles songs. The film originally screened on BBC-TV over the 1967 Christmas holidays but was savaged by critics.