Worst Beatles song on Magical Mystery Tour

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11. All You Need Is Love 19
2. Fool On The Hill, The 17
5. Your Mother Should Know 16
3. Flying 15
4. Blue Jay Way 14
1. Magical Mystery Tour 9
7. Hello Goodbye 7
9. Penny Lane 5
10. Baby You're A Rich Man 4
8. Strawberry Fields Forever 3
6. I Am The Walrus 0


Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 25 September 2009 06:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm expecting Your Mother Should Know to win/lose this poll; it seems like the most lightweight and pointless of Paul's attempts at writing "songs my mum and dad would like" (which peaks with Martha My Dear and troughs with Honey Pie, in my mind).

This was probably the first Beatles album that I loved, and, as I mentioned elsewhere recently, probably formed my music taste more than anything else; the codas, the brass, the basslines, the odd sounds in Baby You're A Rich Man, the big choruses, the Kraut-ish instrumental, the trippiness of Blue Jay Way, the nostalgia-cum-psychedelia of Strawberry Fields Forever.

As an almost aside, the other day it struck me that the title track, which I kind of expect to get a hammering, even though I love it, is basically Radiator by Super Furry Animals squeezed into 2 and a half minutes.

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 25 September 2009 06:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

all you need is love

Girls, meet team; team, meet girls (hmmmm), Friday, 25 September 2009 07:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

PRobably will get the fewest votes of any album.

Mark G, Friday, 25 September 2009 07:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

Why do you think that, Mark? Because of its status as "not a proper Beatles album"?

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 25 September 2009 07:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

Or because it's got the fewest songs?

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 25 September 2009 07:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

Here I'm more interested to see if anyone's going to vote for "Strawberry Fields Forever" or "Penny Lane." Or "I Am The Walrus." And reasons why, of course.

I'm going with "Your Mother Should Know" although "The Fool on the Hill" is no prize either, esp. in the lyrics dept.

Kevin John Bozelka, Friday, 25 September 2009 07:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

all you need is love

― Girls, meet team; team, meet girls (hmmmm), Friday, 25 September 2009 08:02 (12 minutes ago) Bookmark

Samuel (a hoy hoy), Friday, 25 September 2009 07:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

I really like 'Your Mother Should Know'. It's quite understated and I find the structure interesting - the melodic phrase is unusually lengthy, so that the whole thing is effectively one really long opening line repeated with a couple of breaks.

I don't think much of 'All You Need Is Love'. Even thought I love 'La Marseillaise' I've never found it anything but horrible here, and same goes for all the stuff on the fade-out. I do like the lazy shifting around in the verses, but not enough to stop me voting for it. (I don't really remember 'Baby You're A Rich Man' but suspect it might be worse).

Ismael Klata, Friday, 25 September 2009 07:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

"Flying" is the only acceptable answer on this one. Complete throwaway crap that was only recorded since Paul thought they needed background music for the film.

Darin, Friday, 25 September 2009 07:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm mean really... All You Need is Love? Really? That's REALLY the worst song in this collection????

Darin, Friday, 25 September 2009 07:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

Magical Mystery Tour. Too many horns, and I hate the "Here's an invitation/make a reservation" & "Everything you need/Satisfaction guaranteed" rhymes. These are some of Paul's (and John's) worst songs on this album and one of his (and two of John's) very best. The bad ones sound like exactly what they are - rejects.

nate woolls, Friday, 25 September 2009 07:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yeah. I just hate that saccarine hippie bullshit. The Beatles are best when they are cynical and bitter, or alternatively just weird (Walrus).

Samuel (a hoy hoy), Friday, 25 September 2009 07:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm mean really... All You Need is Love? Really? That's REALLY the worst song in this collection????

― Darin, Friday, September 25, 2009 12:30 AM (5 minutes ago) Bookmark

I guess I picked a song that's catchy and memorable but makes me want to stab when it's stuck in my head over the forgettable throwayays. I feel the same about obladi-oblada and bungalow bill on the white album. They're not the worst as songs, but they are the most irritating.

Girls, meet team; team, meet girls (hmmmm), Friday, 25 September 2009 07:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

Firstly: this album sounds great on the remasters.

But to the point: "Magical Mystery Tour" is a horrible song, probably my least favorite Beatles song on any of their albums. I hate the way they sing "roll up", so nasal and without color or texture. In fact I find all the backing vocals on the song horrible. And Paul's shouts about invitations and reservations are garbage, ham that I wish the remasters had just covered up entirely.

"All You Need Is Love" is also horrible.

Yes, " Your Mother Should Know" is not great, though the melody on the verses is terrific. Your mother should know...what? A song long before she was born? Or something else? And you can hear it as stressing either that it should be familiar to your mother, or that your mother is abnormal if she doesn't know it. And it's unsettling as a prelude to "I Am the Walrus" (which is how I hear it). The song takes us out of time, briefly, gently disorienting us before the imminent descent.

Euler, Friday, 25 September 2009 07:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

The second half of 1967 was a pretty shitty time for the Beatles creatively IMHO. Lot of junk on MMT and YS. Only Lennon performs during this dark period.

Darin, Friday, 25 September 2009 07:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

Also, I think All You Need is Love might be the worst mixed song of the Beatles entire catalog. The version on Love makes me wish they'd remix everything between Revolver & Magical Mystery Tour.

Darin, Friday, 25 September 2009 07:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

I mean did they even plug in Paul's bass during that radio broadcast????

Darin, Friday, 25 September 2009 07:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

It's all good except All You Need and Your Mother.

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 25 September 2009 08:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

Ian MacDonald reckons Baby You're A Rich man is a step away from sophisticated pop and towards sensualist rock, and as such he hates it. He also reckons it's a step towards the mindlessness of dance music. He's not wrong there in some ways (in the latter part of the equation), but he's still an enormous prick.

For me, it's one of my favourite Beatles songs: an awesome, rubbery, accelerating / decelerating bassline; some mad hooks coming off guitar and clavioline and painted right out into the stereo margins for added headfuckery; a chorus that's awesome fun to shout along with ("YOU KEEP ALL YOUR MONEY IN A BIG BROWN BAG / INSIDE A ZOO / WHAT A THING TO DO"); a contrastingly subdued and, I feel, quite sinister verse - I love it to bits.

I also really like Magical Mystery Tour and Hello Goodbye; maybe they're not the best in terms of songwriting or lyric, but I think the arrangements are wicked. Ringo's drums on Hello Goodbye are astonishing.

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 25 September 2009 08:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

I really really like Hello Goodbye too - it's one of the very earliest Beatles songs I can remember hearing and I can remember being really excited by the outro.

nate woolls, Friday, 25 September 2009 08:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

^^ Great post on BYARM Nick, I get that sinister feeling from the whole album, there's even something malevolent about Your Mother Would Know. To my ears, anyway. Maybe I'm just projecting something - my earliest musical memories are of this record...

(... & it's still my favourite Beatles LP)

tomofthenest, Friday, 25 September 2009 08:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

Hello Goodbye is a weak song hidden by excellent arrangement. I've seen it used as short-hand for when describing what is the essence of the Beatles characteristic sound.

Never cared much for: Blue Jay Way, All You Need is Love, Baby You're a Rich Man. Difficult to choose between them.

Bob Six, Friday, 25 September 2009 08:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

Cards on the table time; I've never cared for I Am The Walrus much.

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 25 September 2009 08:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

What do you think about the version of "I Am The Walrus" on Anthology 2, the version without all the bells and whistles? As much I love the MMT version, I love the Anthology version far more. Ringo's drums in particular are so excellent there.

Euler, Friday, 25 September 2009 08:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

Keep in mind that this was their first project without any contributions from Paul, who had died in a horrible car accident during the recording of Pepper. All things considered, the remaining three + Billy do an excellent job of keeping up appearances.

dlp9001, Friday, 25 September 2009 08:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

love this album, flying rocks, Your Mother Should Know sucks a dog

jesus mighty lord chewy (stevie), Friday, 25 September 2009 08:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

I love Your Mother Should Know, the 'aahhhhhh' backing vocals esp. The lyrics don't really make sense to me, but that's no problem. I like the melancholy in it.

Am voting for All You Need is Love. I like the outro, but all in all I find it to be a boring song that always feels like it's dragging on for hours...

young depardieu looming out of void in hour of profound triumph (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 25 September 2009 08:58 (eight years ago) Permalink

Keep in mind that this was their first project without any contributions from Paul, who had died in a horrible car accident during the recording of Pepper.

No no he died in 1966. There are clues all over Sgt. Pepper's - he's the only band member turned on; he's pointing to something on the lyric sheet (or is that George?); etc.

Kevin John Bozelka, Friday, 25 September 2009 09:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

I thought at first it must be something from side 1, but then it strikes me they are all really good too. So I almost ended up voting for "Baby You're a Rich Man" although "Flying" just makes it ahead of it. There are no bad tracks on this one either though.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Friday, 25 September 2009 10:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

The Beatles are best when they are cynical and bitter

No, they are at worst when they are bitter.

John Lennon might as well have left The Beatles after this album, which is the last album he contributed constantly good songs to. From 1968 onwards, there was only the odd exception ("Because", "Across The Universe"), but most of John's contributions on the last three albums (not continue "Yellow Submarine" as a proper album here) were crap.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Friday, 25 September 2009 10:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

Could someone explain me about the formats this was released on? Obviously I know it was a double EP (but what does that mean?) was it two 7"s or what? And were Strawberry Fields/Penny Lane not on it originally?

This is one of my very favourite Beatles records though - I get a lot of enjoyment from this kind of psychedelica and the Beatles did it really well. A lot of what I would normally say about MMT's been said already on this thread. I had "Your Mother Should Know" stuck in my head yesterday and found myself singing it out loud while I was doing the cooking. I really like "Flying", throwaway as it is, it's kind of essential to the whole ordeal as a piece of fun psychedelic mood music. I guess the only track I would leave off, as mentioned upthread, is the title track which epitomises that annoying, brash, alarm clock sound that I had a bit of a moan about on the Sgt Peppers thread.

I think this will be the next reissue I buy. It's my favourite era of the Beatles but the fact it's not quite as much of a "statement" as say Peppers or the White Album stops it counting as my favourite album in my head. There's also the cloying factor of some tracks - I do like the tunes on "All You Need" and "Hello Goodbye", but they do sum up everything that pisses me off about Lennon and McCartney's individual characters.

dog latin, Friday, 25 September 2009 10:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

I thought Paul was supposed to have died just before Rubber Soul, the photo on the front of the album depicting the Beatles looking down into a GRAVE!!! :-O

dog latin, Friday, 25 September 2009 10:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

Didn't the Rutles practically rip off the whole of "Baby You're A Rich Man" for their biggest "hit" "Shangri La"?

dog latin, Friday, 25 September 2009 10:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

It was a 6-song, double 7" EP with the first 'side' of the album on it, and the second side of ther album was additional non-album singles & their b-sides from the same era (SFF & Penny Lane, plus AYNIL & BYARM).

It was released in the US in this format in 68 I think, and then everywhere on vinyl in 76 I believe, and then obviously on the CDs in 87 and now.

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 25 September 2009 10:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm a little surprised there isn't more hate for "Fool On The Hill". It's easily my least favorite McCartney tune before 1969.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 25 September 2009 10:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Flying. In fact, I love this whole album. It's like the most... weird and thrown together and therefore totally psychedelic of the Beatles albums. I totally rate this over Sgt. Pepper.

I already put the kabosh on All You Need Is Love on the Yellow Submarine poll, so HELLO GOODBYE HELLO HELL is gonna get the kicking from me.

Which is odd, coz otherwise the Paul songs on this album don't bother me so much as normal. I like Fool On The Hill and can even put up with Your Mother Should Know because it's engrained into my skull from enough acid trips to the movie.

I Like Daydreams, I've Had Enough Reality (Masonic Boom), Friday, 25 September 2009 10:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

I've just figured out that the albums I tend to like the best are the ones I've tripped to the most.

eeeep. :-/

I Like Daydreams, I've Had Enough Reality (Masonic Boom), Friday, 25 September 2009 10:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

best beatles album!!

should probably be practising shorthand (country matters), Friday, 25 September 2009 10:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

not a real album. picking the title track.

history mayne, Friday, 25 September 2009 10:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

genuinely don't know what to vote for but this is just fucking joyous from start to finish, hello goodbye is probably all-time beatles top 3 for me, and i *love* the title track so ha

should probably be practising shorthand (country matters), Friday, 25 September 2009 10:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

"hello goodbye is probably all-time beatles top 3 for me, and i *love* the title track so ha"

u mad

history mayne, Friday, 25 September 2009 11:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

I like it, but we could lost "Flying."

Alex in NYC, Friday, 25 September 2009 11:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

lose

Alex in NYC, Friday, 25 September 2009 11:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

C'mon, people! "Blue Jay Way" is the loser!

Little starbursts of joy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 25 September 2009 11:07 (eight years ago) Permalink

But "Blue Jay Way" is prime George! One of his best psychedelic songs, actually.

Tied Up In Geir (Geir Hongro), Friday, 25 September 2009 11:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

Blue Jay Way is fantastic! A Beatles fiend in LA actually took me driving up to Blue Jay Way, and we got totally lost and confused, and had to just imagine poor George sitting up there among the trees tripping his face off, wondering where his friends had got to...

As you know, I am utterly Against Drugs and all that, but so much of this music doesn't *truly* make sense until you hear it in that context.

OK, I have become everything I hate and I'm going to STFU now.

I Like Daydreams, I've Had Enough Reality (Masonic Boom), Friday, 25 September 2009 11:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

I find Hello Goodbye really irritating.

chap, Friday, 25 September 2009 11:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

But the coda!

Sickamous (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 25 September 2009 11:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

flying, eleavator music

Dr X O'Skeleton, Friday, 25 September 2009 12:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

even the filler/worst Macca excesses here are at least partially redeemed by all the psych production foofara

Οὖτις, Friday, 1 May 2015 20:30 (two years ago) Permalink

this whole record is cool.

tylerw, Friday, 1 May 2015 20:30 (two years ago) Permalink

you guys are cooler

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 1 May 2015 20:36 (two years ago) Permalink

About 16 years ago I saw Counting Crows (I know...) and their introduction music was the Magical Mystery Tour title track blared through the PA. I had never heard that song, or really any Beatles song, at such a high volume. It was glorious and gave me a new-found appreciation for that track.

Free Me's Electric Trumpet (Moodles), Friday, 1 May 2015 21:01 (two years ago) Permalink

If I remember, all the 'winning' worst tracks were put into one final poll, and it was still 'better' than most bands 'best of's'

Mark G, Friday, 1 May 2015 21:10 (two years ago) Permalink

Worst Beatles song ever

Οὖτις, Friday, 1 May 2015 21:30 (two years ago) Permalink

idk that's pretty fucking grim, not an album I would listen to tbh

Οὖτις, Friday, 1 May 2015 21:30 (two years ago) Permalink

About 16 years ago I saw Counting Crows (I know...) and their introduction music was the Magical Mystery Tour title track blared through the PA. I had never heard that song, or really any Beatles song, at such a high volume. It was glorious and gave me a new-found appreciation for that track

best thing about cirque du soleil's "love" is hearing all those songs through a really good arena sound system.

fact checking cuz, Friday, 1 May 2015 21:41 (two years ago) Permalink

agreed, I think George Martin and son also did a fantastic remix job for the Love soundtrack

Free Me's Electric Trumpet (Moodles), Friday, 1 May 2015 21:52 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I just saw Love last weekend and the sound was indeed great. Teared up a little towards the end during All You Need Is Love, tbh. Hearing all that great music jammed together was just.. My cup overfloweth with joy, even though I've heard it a million times before

brimstead, Friday, 1 May 2015 23:04 (two years ago) Permalink

No, neither would I, erm, ... Dude.

Mark G, Saturday, 2 May 2015 07:42 (two years ago) Permalink

I like this album a bunch

p:s nerds know (dog latin), Saturday, 2 May 2015 09:07 (two years ago) Permalink

Fantastic:
Flying
Rich Man
Strawberry
Walrus

Good:
Penny Lane

OK:
Hello Goodbye
Magical Mystery
Fool

A bit crap:
All You Need
Your Mother
Blue Jay Way

Zelda Zonk, Saturday, 2 May 2015 11:13 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Scorsese helpfully points out it was made without the use of CGI.

― Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, October 9, 2012 2:18 AM (five years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

To be fair to Scorsese it was a very influential movie,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kzpHzUJCd4

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:12 (one week ago) Permalink

blue jay way getting this many votes is a crime

Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:13 (one week ago) Permalink

The title track should have won this really.

Fox Mulder, FYI (dog latin), Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:20 (one week ago) Permalink

'Blue Jay Way' is one of my favourite things on here, real "bad trip" music. Overall, I prefer this album to Sgt. Pepper's, although 'A Day in the Life' is better than almost everything on here.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Sunday, 12 November 2017 20:30 (one week ago) Permalink

in defense of "hello goodbye"'s lyrics which i've always loved: feel like the cheerful dialectic there is more successfully cosmic than "all you need is love" or for that matter my old nemesis "across the universe". also the part where paul says "you say yes" and either john or george says "but i may mean no" is underrated imo compared to "couldn't get no worse" (or "count me out... in")

having said that, this is still very funny:

Hello, Goodbye was one of my songs. There are Geminian influences here I think: the twins. It's such a deep theme in the universe, duality - man woman, black white, ebony ivory, high low, right wrong, up down, hello goodbye - that it was a very easy song to write.

no kidding

difficult listening hour, Sunday, 12 November 2017 21:06 (one week ago) Permalink

Hahahaha... yeah, no shit!

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Sunday, 12 November 2017 21:11 (one week ago) Permalink

haha

I always thought it was a horribly self-righteous song, like "Oh why don't you just say YES HELLO like me", come on Paul, surely we all say No and Goodbye at times

find this poll offensive though, 3 votes for Strawberry Fields, really? And Fool on the Hill rules.

niels, Sunday, 12 November 2017 21:59 (one week ago) Permalink

Yeah, I really don't understand the view that 'Strawberry Fields Forever' is the worst thing here at all. It's a masterpiece.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Sunday, 12 November 2017 22:04 (one week ago) Permalink

HG is a 'join in' song.

Paul wants you to say/sing "Hello hello" after him,but its too tempting to annoy him and say "Goodbye goodbye" and Paul gets mildly exasperated and explains why.

Then John pops in to suggest "I say yes, but I may mean no" and he's right.

Mark G, Sunday, 12 November 2017 22:15 (one week ago) Permalink

Then again, I used to think that "We can work it out" was about an arbitration service that The Beatles were offering.

Mark G, Sunday, 12 November 2017 22:16 (one week ago) Permalink

pretty much agree with all Turrican's posts since the revive

Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 12 November 2017 22:50 (one week ago) Permalink

I like this album a lot too, in many ways more than Sgt Peppers. Fool On The Hill is so melancholy, I like it a lot.

Fox Mulder, FYI (dog latin), Sunday, 12 November 2017 23:08 (one week ago) Permalink

Flying you can hear and imagine them smoking blunts
Blue Jay Way just a lark

calstars, Sunday, 12 November 2017 23:15 (one week ago) Permalink

> flying

"we are the beatles
there are four of us..."

koogs, Monday, 13 November 2017 14:08 (six days ago) Permalink

can't hear it singing frank sidebottom's lyrics along with it

koogs, Monday, 13 November 2017 14:09 (six days ago) Permalink

^ without

koogs, Monday, 13 November 2017 14:16 (six days ago) Permalink

I think it's amazing how well this album hangs together, given that it wasn't conceived as such. It's a really strong listen end-to-end and it feels like all of the tracks belong together, even the stuff that wasn't done specifically for the EP. They wouldn't make another album that works as well end-to-end and is as impeccably produced until Abbey Road.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Monday, 13 November 2017 17:04 (six days ago) Permalink

Awful results h8 ilm so much

eeshTrip (darraghmac), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 02:08 (five days ago) Permalink

none of these are really that bad, great record

brimstead, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 02:34 (five days ago) Permalink

yeah, overall, a better record than Sgt Pepper, except for "A day in the life", of course.
That said, it's a bit cheating since "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields" should have been on Pepper.
In that case, it would have been a monster with these 3 tracks !
As for this thread's subject, there's no song I dislike on this but if I really had to pick one, it would be "Blue Jay Way".
Never been too fond of George's songs in the Beatles.

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 11:41 (five days ago) Permalink

Actually, the remixed version of Pepper that was released recently does include these two songs which makes it the "one of the best albums ever made" statement finally true !

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 11:44 (five days ago) Permalink

it does not include them.

Well, the LP version doesn't, I mean.

Mark G, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 12:10 (five days ago) Permalink

And neither does the 1CD version. So, ner.

Mark G, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 12:14 (five days ago) Permalink

Aw I don't know about the various versions but the one on Spotify does include them !

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 12:21 (five days ago) Permalink

I prefer Sgt Pepper overall and do think that the sequencing of MMT lets it down slightly - it's mainly that it suffers from having so many 'big' songs near the end. Like 'All You Need Is Love' is my least favourite track by far and having it follow the similarly anthemic but much better 'Baby You're a Rich Man' doesn't help.

Gavin, Leeds, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 12:22 (five days ago) Permalink

Ah, Spotify.

As you were.

lg>

Mark G, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 12:22 (five days ago) Permalink

The sequencing just means that the album starts off great and gets better as it goes along - 'All You Need Is Love' isn't a huge favourite of mine, but it works great as a closer.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 14:31 (five days ago) Permalink

a silly face-off for numerous reasons but for the fun and fwiw :

1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band / Magical Mystery Tour : two tracks I don't particularly like but MMT is better and more interesting (especially the slow break) - Pepper 0/MMT 1
2. With a Little Help from My Friends / Baby, You're a Rich Man : WALHFMF is great but BYARM is cooler and groovier - Pepper 0 / MMT 2
3. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds / I Am the Walrus : I like LSD a lot but easily Walrus - Pepper 0 / MMT 3
4. Getting Better / Penny Lane : two Macca tracks against Penny Lane and it's obviously still no match - Pepper 0 / MMT 4
5. Fixing a Hole / Penny Lane
6. She's Leaving Home / The Fool on the Hill : for a long time I didn't like SLH. I enjoy it now but I have always been fond of TFOTH - Pepper 0 / MMT 5
7. Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite! / Flying : I didn't know which track to put Flying against ! - Pepper 1 / MMT 5
8. Within You Without You / Blue Jay Way : Never liked much George's indian stuff (and his songs in general)but BJW has a cool production - Pepper 1 / MMT 6
9. When I'm Sixty-Four / Your Mother Should Know : I have nothing against "Paul's granny shit" and YMSK has something beautiful and sad that most others don't - Pepper 1 / MMT 7
10. Lovely Rita / Hello, Goodbye : two okay tracks but the production is better on HG - Pepper 1 / MMT8
11. Good Morning Good Morning / All You Need Is Love : many people hate AYNIL. Not me. and I have never understood the point of GMGM (except it sounds HUGE on the remixed version of the album) - Pepper 1 / MMT 9
12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) : not counting it since it's a reprise and there are not enough tracks on MMT.
13. A Day in the Life / Strawberry Fields Forever : impossible choice. two of the greatest recorded songs ever. it's a tie, once point each - Pepper 2 / MMT 10

MMT wins this easily ! (again, I know this is silly)

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:39 (five days ago) Permalink

Aw I don't know about the various versions but the one on Spotify does include them !

― AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, November 14, 2017 5:21 AM (three hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

it does not! i mean takes of strawberry fields and penny lane are on there but they're not in sequence with the actual record/remix

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 15:57 (five days ago) Permalink

AIXTC, this might be a whole vs. sum of its parts situation. Even if on their own you might like the tracks on MMT better (I don't, but still), Sgt. Pepper is such a great, complete package while MMT is just an ace compilation.

dinnerboat, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 16:05 (five days ago) Permalink

Oh yeah, of course I agree, MMT isn't really an album (and again, two of its best tracks SHOULD have been on Pepper instead).
That was just for fun.
As for the version on Spotify, yeah, they are not included as if they belonged to the album but still they are on the "thing" (and not just "takes" but also the "final" remixed versions, just like all the rest of the album).

AlXTC from Paris, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 16:14 (five days ago) Permalink

A compilation Magical Mystery Tour (the album) may be, but I'll still take it over Sgt. Pepper's as a collection of individual tracks and as an end-to-end listening experience.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 17:00 (five days ago) Permalink

(and not just "takes" but also the "final" remixed versions, just like all the rest of the album).

Yeah, but they're tacked on to the end, with each "final" version following two outtakes of itself.

Just calling it out because that's twice now I've run over to Spotify to hear a version of SPLHCB with those two songs in the sequence. Quit faking me out!

pplains, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 18:18 (five days ago) Permalink

A compilation Magical Mystery Tour (the album) may be, but I'll still take it over Sgt. Pepper's as a collection of individual tracks and as an end-to-end listening experience.

Me too. Love the title tracks, Good Morning, Day In The Life, LSD and 64, but feel little love for the rest of Pepper, but love p much all of MMT.

"Taste's very strange!" (stevie), Tuesday, 14 November 2017 20:10 (five days ago) Permalink

Maybe it's my Boomer programming talking, but the carnivalesque conceit of Sgt. Pepper — the packaging, the moustaches, the "concept" — is at least as important to me as the music. It's like entering a particular funhouse. MMT has great songs and a similar vibe, but it doesn't feel like a single thing to me. And as a song collection, I might on any given day rather listen to one of the Past Masters.

dinnerboat, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 22:20 (five days ago) Permalink

Stevie otm when SP lags it laaaaags but MMT keeps the party going throughout

eeshTrip (darraghmac), Wednesday, 15 November 2017 10:26 (four days ago) Permalink

Could pretty much reverse thede rankings for my list

albvivertine, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 11:20 (four days ago) Permalink


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