The Beatles first movie since Help! (1965) was largely Sir Paul McCartney's project. The story follows a bus load of eccentric characters on a magic journey through the English countryside. Rather than a unified narrative, it becomes a series of psychedelic clips promoting various songs including "The Fool on the Hill", "Blue Jay Way", "Your Mother Should Know", "I Am the Walrus", and "Magical Mystery Tour". The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band are seen in a strip club playing "Death Cab for Cutie".
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The soundtrack recordings were issued in England as a double EP with accompanying booklet. Capitol Records in the U.S. added stereo (and mock-stereo) versions of recent Beatles singles, and issued an LP with an enlarged copy of the booklet. The LP sold better as an import in England than the EP, and a British version was issued in 1976. See more
Throughout the bus tour, George Harrison
wears a fedora-type hat with a wide band. When the passengers file into the cabaret and take their seats, he wears a wool/tweed driving cap. See more
I am your friendly Courier. Mister Bloodvessel is my name. Buster Bloodvessel.
Made in England by The Beatles See more
The 1988 home video release featured re-mixed stereo versions of the songs and restored & re-mastered "Visual" (pictue) & dialogue (sound). See more
Referenced in Preacher: Last Supper
Performed by The Beatles
Written by John Lennon
and Paul McCartney
Published by Capitol/EMI Records See more