Magical Mystery Tour (EP)

This disc was auctioned on eBay in July 2005 and by Recordmecca in September 2005. As described in the auction description, I find it unusual that an Emidisc would contain the title track featuring audio heard in the film soundtrack. I cannot determine where it might fit per Lewisohn or Barrett.

See details of this disc, which have been provided by the owner, below.

AUCTION DESCRIPTION:

BEATLES
UK alternate MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR
10" Acetate

ALTERNATE VERSIONS
BOTH EP'S ON ONE 10" EMI DISC

Here is an extraordinary Beatles rarity, a vintage 10" UK EMI acetate that features the 6 "Magical Mystery Tour" tracks issued originally in the UK as a 2 EP set. As you can see, the tracks are in different order than on the commerical release; in addition the versions of "Magical Mystery Tour" and "I Am The Walrus" are different from the released versions.

"Magical Mystery Tour" is a different mix and this unique version features John Lennon speaking the words "Hurry, Hurry, Hurry" at the very beginning. At approximately 1:14 into the song there is a spoken interlude, where Lennon says "When a man buys a ticket for a magical mystery tour, he knows what to expect. We guarantee him the trip of a lifetime." The song ends with cheering and a piano part not on the released version. This is similar to the version used in the UK Magical Mystery Tour TV special but never released on record.

"I Am The Walrus" features a different mix with a diffferent ending with the electronics more prominent.

The acetate is in VG++ condition and plays great. Beatles acetates are EXTREMELY RARE, and ones with unreleased versions of songs are among the most desirable Beatles collectibles. We know of no other copies of this acetate.

Ken Scott, the legendary record producer and Beatles engineer told me the following about Beatles acetates: "Back in those days there were no cassettes, DATs or CDs and so the main way for artists and producers to be able to listen to something at home was through playback acetates. The number required varied. As did the persons receiving them. It could be producer, artist, arranger, publisher, DJ or sometimes even a promotion guy." The buyer will also get a CD with an MP3 transfer of the acetate. As with everything we sell, this is guaranteed authentic for life ! This will be shipped at cost.

RECORDMECCA September 2005

Here is an extraordinary Beatles rarity, a 10" UK acetate that features the 6 "Magical Mystery Tour" tracks issued originally in the UK as a 2 EP set. As you can see, the tracks are in different order than on the commerical release; in addition the versions of "Magical Mystery Tour" and "I Am The Walrus" are different from the released versions.

"Magical Mystery Tour" is a different mix and begins with John Lennon saying "Hurry, Hurry, Hurry;" at approx. 1:14 in the song there is a spoken interlude, where Lennon says "When a man buys a ticket for a magical mystery tour, he knows what to expect. We guarantee him the trip of a lifetime." The song ends with cheering and a piano part not on the released version. This is similar to the version used in the TV special.

"I Am The Walrus" features a different mix with a diffferent ending with the electronics more prominent.

It is in VG++ condition and plays great. Beatles acetates are EXTREMELY RARE, and ones with unreleased versions of songs are among the most desirable Beatles collectibles. We know of no other copies of this acetate.

Ken Scott, the legendary record producer and Beatles engineer told me the following about Beatles acetates: "Back in those days there were no cassettes, DATs or CDs and so the main way for artists and producers to be able to listen to something at home was through playback acetates. The number required varied. As did the persons receiving them. It could be producer, artist, arranger, publisher, DJ or sometimes even a promotion guy." The buyer will also get a CD with an MP3 transfer of the acetate. As with everything we sell, guaranteed authentic for life !

From the owner of this disc:

I'd like to set the record straight on this, as I'm (yet another) compulsive researcher/record collector. First,
if you don't mind a few words about me (so you can see I'm not some joker trying to rip people off.) I have been collecting rare records for 34 years, dealing in them on and off for much of that time, and have been in the music business since '81. I am a consultant to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in Cleveland and the Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle, where I helped curate the "Beatles in America" exhibit and the current Bob Dylan Exhibit, which is going to travel to the Hall of Fame and the Smithsonian Institution.

I've seen many many acetates as both a collector and as a record exec (& actually used them in my job--in the 80's I was VP of marketing and creative for A&M records and in the 90's the exec vp/gm of Warner Bros. Records.) I know that there are many fake ones out there, but having handled hundreds of both new and vintage ones over the years, I feel pretty well qualified to differentiate vintage ones vs. the fakes. (As you know, it's pretty easy to tell a new acetate from an old one most of the time--oxidation of the labels, aging on the disc, the way it's cut, look & feel, etc.)

Without going on forever, this acetate came out of a HUGE European rare record collection (this guy had many acetates and rare records, many of them worthless, but some extraordinary.) I got a number of Beatles Acetates, a couple of Stones ones, and only picked the mixes that were different--about half of what he had were either the released versions or in terriblecondition, and so I passed on these. He had 2500 rare Beatles records--just incredible stuff.

Perry Cox and Gary Johnson of Rockaway, both close friends of mine, inspected these and listened to them and there was no doubt amongst any of us that these were absolutely genuine. Forget my opinion, these guys as you probably know, are some of the most knowledgeable Beatles experts in the US (or anywhere.) They in fact sold all of the Brian Epstein acetates from Gareth Palowski's collection (I got Epstein's Hollywood Bowl acetate a few years ago from the guy Gary sold it to originally.) I originally hadn't bothered with COA's, but since I put this up on Ebay and it didn't sell (too much $ ?) Perry has since written me a COA on this as well as all the others I got.