I was just listening to Magical Mystery Tour; what a good album that is. I only got it a year or so ago, when I was rounding out my Beatles collection; somehow it had never entered my consciousness as one of the great Beatles albums. But it really is quite fine; I’d heard most of the songs before (more than half of them are on the blue album, which was my introduction to the Beatles, which is doubtless coloring my reactions here), but I’m getting to like the others as well. (“Your Mother Should Know” is charming.)

Maybe the issue here really is that it’s hard to limit yourself when picking “great Beatles albums”. I might have started by saying Seargent Pepper, Rubber Soul, Revolver, and Abbey Road, but for all I know I’m only saying that because those are the albums I’ve had for the longest; what about the white album? Or Help!? I’m not a big fan of most of their earliest stuff, but after that it’s hard to say no.

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