Get ready for a wild ride on CBS-FM today as we look at [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles[/lastfm] Magical Mystery Tour! All day long in the Hall of Fame, we’ll be playing you tracks from their 1967 LP, which was made as a soundtrack for a film by the same name!
After the success of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul McCartney[/lastfm] wanted to create a film based upon The Beatles and their music. The film was to be unscripted, with various “ordinary” people traveling on a coach and having unspecified “magical” adventures. The film was released in November of 1967 and was aired in the United Kingdom as a made-for-television film on BBC1. The reception was extremely critical, and considered a disaster.
Beatles biographer Hunter Davies said, “It was the first time in memory that an artist felt obliged to make a public apology for his work.” Paul McCartney was a bit easier on the Fab Four. “We don’t say it was a good film. It was our first attempt. If we goofed, then we goofed. It was a challenge and it didn’t come off. We’ll know better next time.”
Sir Paul went on to say, “I mean, you couldn’t call the Queen’s speech a gas, either, could you?”
The soundtrack, obviously, did not receive the same reaction. It was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for best album in 1968 and reached number one in the US where it stayed for eight weeks.
Jump ahead and listen to the tracks from Magical Mystery Tour, take our poll, and tell us your favorite!