Filming: Magical Mystery Tour

On September 11th, 1967, the Beatles began filming Magical Mystery Tour.

Ten days prior to filming the band held a meeting at Paul's house to discuss their future, after the death Brian Epstein. They decided it was best to start working on a new project together, to prevent the group from falling apart. Originally The Beatles had planned to visit india to learn more about transcendental meditation, but the decision was made to postpone that trip for a later date.

Magical Mystery Tour was a concept hatched by Paul McCartney, much the same as Sgt Pepper. The Beatles had a coach kitted out in psychedelic colours and arranged for a host of 43 lucky people to travel around the south of England on their Magical Mystery Tour bus. This included a mix of family, friends and actors.

Filming took a total of two weeks and the finished product was first aired on December 26th, 1967. The film was initially broadcast in black and white and met with a lukewarm reception. It wasn't until the film was rebroadcast in colour that people started to appreciate it more.

"And of course they showed it in black and white and so, it was hated. They all had their chance then to say they've gone too far, who do they think they are, what does it mean? So that was really slated but of course when people started seeing it in colour they realised that it was a lot of fun; especially that aerial ballet shot, you know we went all over Iceland... we sent a guy out filming." - Ringo Starr
"I'm not sure, it could have been mine. I'm not sure whether I wanna take the blame for it (laughs). We were all in on it but a lot of the stuff at that time could have been my ideas, because I was coming up with a lot of these concepts, like Sgt. Pepper. I'm not saying it was my album, obviously we all worked on it but I was coming up with a lot of ideas." - Paul McCartney
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"There was always good songs, there was a couple of good songs and there was a few funny scenes. The scene to me that stands out is one of John shovelling the spaghetti onto the fat woman's plate. I mean, that was the best bit of the movie for me." - George Harrison

Soundtrack

  1. "Magical Mystery Tour"
  2. "The Fool on the Hill"
  3. "She Loves You" (played on a fairground organ as part of the general medley of background music during the impromptu race)
  4. "Flying" (John Lennon / Paul McCartney / George Harrison / Richard Starkey)
  5. "All My Loving" (orchestrated, as background music)
  6. "I Am the Walrus"
  7. "Jessie’s Dream" (instrumental piece, not released on any audio recording)
  8. "Blue Jay Way" (George Harrison)
  9. "Death Cab for Cutie" performed by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (Vivian Stanshall / Neil Innes)
  10. "Your Mother Should Know"
  11. "Magical Mystery Tour" (part, once more)
  12. "Hello, Goodbye" (part, finale played over end credits)
 Paul McCartney outside the Magical Mystery Tour bus, September 11th 1967.

Paul McCartney outside the Magical Mystery Tour bus, September 11th 1967.

 Paul McCartney waiting the Magical Mystery Tour bus with actor Ivor Cutler, September 11th 1967.

Paul McCartney waiting the Magical Mystery Tour bus with actor Ivor Cutler, September 11th 1967.

 Paul McCartney waiting the Magical Mystery Tour bus with actor Ivor Cutler, September 11th 1967.

Paul McCartney waiting the Magical Mystery Tour bus with actor Ivor Cutler, September 11th 1967.

 Paul McCartney waiting the Magical Mystery Tour bus with actor Ivor Cutler, September 11th 1967.

Paul McCartney waiting the Magical Mystery Tour bus with actor Ivor Cutler, September 11th 1967.

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