'Magical Mystery Tour': Inside Beatles' Psychedelic Album Odyssey
The movie was a flop, but the album was full of historic singles and inspired experiments
By Douglas Wolk
Nov 27, 2017
Photo of Beatles – John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney – pose for group shot on bus during filming of 'Magical Mystery Tour.' Getty
The year leading up to the release of the Magical Mystery Tour album in November 1967 was turbulent but fantastically fertile for the Beatles – they were working on its songs more or less simultaneously with the ones that ended up on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and the Yellow Submarine soundtrack. With touring no longer a question, they had the luxury of fine-tuning their songs at length in the studio; the same band that had recorded its first album in a single day was now tinkering with individual recordings for weeks on end.
The Beatles set out on their celebrated tour of the West Country on September 11th, 1967. Getty