Thursday, 14 January 2010

Magical Mystery Tour Remastered

by The Beatles

I’ve borrowed from the library the newly (2009) remastered CD of Magical Mystery Tour just to see what the fuss is all about. I saw the reviews saying that the “original” (i.e. released in 1987) CD was horrible and 2009 version is either as bad as that or stunning. I never had that 1987 CD, so I can only compare it with the American LP I remember all too well. After a few listenings I have to confess that I can’t hear any difference (bar the vinyl crackle, of course). Not the best example of stereo panning I’m afraid but this is how I first heard The Beatles: drums in one channel, voice in another one. Anything different — apart from mono — would not sound right. In addition, the CD includes the Magical Mystery Tour mini-documentary viewable on PC, but I don’t think anybody really needs to watch it.

As for the album itself, it is an absolute classic. My favourite song? Far too many for such a short record. Perhaps Your Mother Should Know.

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