The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour

ohiodrummer1964

Senior Member
Last night on PBS they played two back-to-back episodes of Great Performances. One was on the making of the movie Magical Mystery Tour, followed by the movie itself. This was the first time I've ever seen the movie, and I hadn't listened to the album in years. Ringo's drums and playing sounded great. Imaginitive and every note fit in perfectly with whatever else was going on musically.

I noticed his crashes sounded nice and dark and full, like a jazz ride being crashed. Also, Ringo came off as being really laid back and easy going, the way he always does. We should all have so much fun playing the drums/being in a band.
 

inneedofgrace

Platinum Member
What struck me is how young and innocent they looked in this movie (1967), especially McCartney. In just two short years they all grew beards and lots of facial hair and looked like they aged 15 years. And then it was over. :(
 

ohiodrummer1964

Senior Member
What struck me is how young and innocent they looked in this movie (1967), especially McCartney. In just two short years they all grew beards and lots of facial hair and looked like they aged 15 years. And then it was over. :(
I think the aging had more to do with the excessive drug use than the facial hair. Especially Lennon and the heroin.
 

mikel

Platinum Member
I have not seen the film or listened to the music since it was first shown, back in the day.

I was a huge Beatles fan at the time and waited with excitement to see what MMT would be like. Sadly, I thought it was rubbish. They had set the bar so high with there previous output I suppose they had to fail, In my opinion, at something.
 

MaryO

Platinum Member
I watched the film as well yesterday....interesting to say the least....lol. I agree they did all appear so young and fresh faced., especially Lennon, but I have to say it was all just a little too trippy for me. Fun to watch for a few minutes then just got strange. But I realize it was the type of thing being experimented with in those days.
 

RockNGrohl

Senior Member
I love the musical performances, but other than that, its so loosey goosey weird and unscripted. They were so huge and free to do whatever at that point that people said "yes" even if was a half assed idea. MMT for me is the Beatles run Amok, at a loss, no wanting to do a normal movie, but lacking other ideas maybe due to much drug taking.
My favorite scene is the little person dining with the fat lady. She being served spaghetti by the shovel full by a badly mustached Lennon who's grinning like mad! Sums up the spirit of the whole movie.

"I defend it on the fact that where else will you see a performance of I am the Walrus?" - Paul McCartney
 

tamadrm

Platinum Member
Most of what went on in that movie was unscripted.Just about everyone including the Beatles were stoned most of the time.The original thought was to make it similar ti "Hard Days Night",but trippier.

The Beatles,but mostly Macca felt it was very avant garde,and he still defends it to this day.I'm shocked.:)

Steve B
 

larryz

Platinum Member
Most of what went on in that movie was unscripted.Just about everyone including the Beatles were stoned most of the time.The original thought was to make it similar ti "Hard Days Night",but trippier.

The Beatles,but mostly Macca felt it was very avant garde,and he still defends it to this day.I'm shocked.:)

Steve B
I've read where one of the great American film directors - not sure if it's Spielberg or some other person - would play this film for his students when he was a film teacher as an example of good filmmaking. And I'm not sure as to what aspect, ie., avant garde or something like that. I love this film. It was shown on Boxing Day in England in 1967 and was panned at the time. Lennon is great and the music sequences are trippy. Fool on the Hill is the best. Ringo's drumming was off the charts at this point.

And to the commenter above, I don't think Lennon was using heroin at this time in his life. That was 1969/1970, a couple years later. Listen to "Cold Turkey" for the story :)

p.s. Album/film has the only Beatles tune credited to all 4, the instrumental "Flying".
 

Deathmetalconga

Platinum Member
Most of what went on in that movie was unscripted.Just about everyone including the Beatles were stoned most of the time.The original thought was to make it similar ti "Hard Days Night",but trippier.

The Beatles,but mostly Macca felt it was very avant garde,and he still defends it to this day.I'm shocked.:)

Steve B
Ha! Glad I missed it and I'll just have to go through life never having seen a movie by this group.
 

Midnite Zephyr

Platinum Member
I watched the film as well yesterday....interesting to say the least....lol. I agree they did all appear so young and fresh faced., especially Lennon, but I have to say it was all just a little too trippy for me. Fun to watch for a few minutes then just got strange. But I realize it was the type of thing being experimented with in those days.
That's because you have to roll-up for the Magical Mystery Tour.
 

ohiodrummer1964

Senior Member
And to the commenter above, I don't think Lennon was using heroin at this time in his life. That was 1969/1970, a couple years later. Listen to "Cold Turkey" for the story :)

(QUOTE]

According to Yoko, it was 1968 when her and John began with heroin, and songs like "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" from that time deal with the subject. Also, I mentioned the heroin use in answer to someone else's statement that the Beatles looked so young in 1967 when they made MMT, then a few years later looked like they had aged 15 years, so you are correct, Lennon hadn't begun his heroin use in '67. However, just to clarify, I was saying that it was after '67 that he started.
 

SquadLeader

Gold Member
The films absolutely shit in my opinion...just abject nonsense in a time when there were plenty of pretty good films being produced.

The album on the other hand....wow...

It's on my favourite albums list and two or three of the songs on there are in my 'daily drum along' Ipod folder.
 

inneedofgrace

Platinum Member
MMT reminds me of the semi-Bond movie Casino Royale (the original). Both movies were released in the same time frame. Too whacked out for me!
 
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