A Year With The Beatles

Episode 9 - Magical Mystery Tour

November 14, 2016

In the ninth month of our year with the Beatles, Graeme Burk and Rob Jones are joined by their old friend, TV and film author (and Liverpudlian) Jim Sangster where they talk about Magical Mystery Tour as the most "Liverpool" of the Beatles' albums and talk about the influences the city has throughout, most notably in "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane". Along the way they discuss the album's contribution to the emerging psychadelic movement and the band's trend toward introspection and Jim points out some filthy phrases only a Scouser would know.

For extra-credit homework, Graeme, Rob and Jim watch the 1967 TV special Magical Mystery Tour and discuss its origins in Northern English bank holiday traditions and why most people consider this production a failure for the fab four.


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