Even after the overwhelming success of Sgt. Pepper, The Beatles were not exempt from the record industry commandment stating “Thou shalt have some new product on the shelves for Christmas.” Thus the Magical Mystery Tour records (a double EP in Britain, an LP in the U.S.) were slated for release in early December, necessitating some scrambling to get things mixed and mastered.

Today the studio crew worked on “Blue Jay Way,” “Flying,” and “Magical Mystery Tour” itself. For the latter, Paul recorded an off-the-cuff version of the spoken intro (“Roll up, roll up for the Magical Mystery Tour! Step right this way!”) that John had improvised while filming the movie. Why did they do it this way, rather than just using the audio of John’s original? Was there some technical reason, or was it just another example of the passive-aggressive tug-of-war going on between the two of them? I couldn’t say, just asking.

At the end of the session copies of these songs, along with “I Am the Walrus,” “Your Mother Should Know,” “The Fool on the Hill,” and “Strawberry Fields Forever” were handed off to a waiting Capitol Records representative, who locked them in a briefcase which he then handcuffed to his wrist, and was whisked off to a waiting jetliner. Or something like that….

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