The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour on 180g Mono LP
Audiophiles Get Their Wish: Magical Mystery Tour Cut from the Original 1/4-Inch Analog Master Tapes and Pressed at Optimal on a Dead-Quiet LP
NO DIGITAL USED IN MASTERING CHAIN: Working at Abbey Road, Engineers
Magee and Berkowitz Used Same Techniques Employed in 1960s for
This Extraordinary Mono Pressing is the Definitive Analog Version of This Legendary Album
Beatles remastering engineers saved the best for last. Cut from the original 1/4-inch analog master tapes and pressed at Optimal in Germany on a dead-quiet 180g LP, the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour is made by and for audiophiles. More collectable than its
stereo and digital processors, and featuring utterly
transparent-to-the-source sound, it is completely different than its
stereo analog counterpart by way of the all-analog cutting process and
audiophile-focused manufacturing. Purists rejoice: NO DIGITAL is involved in any part of the chain. This pressing presents the band as it was meant to be heard, in spectacular mono sound.
Mastered from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by
Grammy-winning engineer Sean Magee and Grammy-winning mastering
supervisor Steve Berkowitz, Magical Mystery Tour exemplifies sonic
transparency and analog purity. While the recent stereo LP and CDs
were created from digital remasters, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records
for the Magical Mystery Tour mono LP employing the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by
the original albums and detailed transfer notes made by the original
Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of the Beatles’ albums were initially cut,
the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously
comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made
in the 1960s. Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back
the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.
“The Beatles are turning awfully funny,
aren’t they?” That was the reaction of the Queen Majesty herself upon
hearing—or at least knowing of the existence—of Magical Mystery Tour, a wild romp through psychedelic pop that sprung from the same period as Sgt. Pepper’s.
While some mistakenly view the album as a half-complete soundtrack, the
record spills over with fantastic music—“I Am the Walrus,” “Hello
Goodbye,” “Penny Lane,” and the unforgettable suite “Strawberry Fields
Forever” leading the charge. Put on your rose-colored glasses.
Listeners get a front-row seat for the pitch-shifted vocals and backwards percussion infusing John Lennon’s
landmark “Strawberry Fields Forever.” A monumental composition, the
song possesses a warmth, breadth, and spaciousness on this definitive analog
pressing that will knock back even the most schooled Beatles
aficionados. And of course, who doesn’t want to get caught up in the
feel-good chants of “All You Need Is Love,” the accenting horns and
spiraling orchestrations popping with immense color and texture.
Audiophiles, Capitol listened to your wishes. Ask and you receive: Magical Mystery Tour in the finest analog sound possible.
The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour Track Listing:
1. Magical Mystery Tour
2. The Fool On The Hill
4. Blue Jay Way
5. Your Mother Should Know
6. I Am the Walrus
7. Hello, Goodbye
8. Strawberry Fields Forever
9. Penny Lane
10. Baby You're A Rich Man
11. All You Need Is Love