It originally aired Dec. 26, 1967, in what could be called the winter -- not the summer -- of love. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Star created "Magical Mystery Tour" as a post-Christmas feast for the senses.
"In the wake of the extraordinary impact of 'Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,' The Beatles made a film," reads a press release for the PBS Great Performances production of "Magical Mystery Tour Revisited." It airs at 9 p.m. tonight, Dec. 14, on WHRO-TV, Channel 15.
"It was seen in the U.K. by a huge audience, at 8.35 p.m. on BBC One on Britain’s Boxing Day…and all hell broke loose."
As the Great Performances documentary illustrates, the Beatles' fellow Brits found the film confounding, distasteful --even disturbing -- all those years ago.
Now, restored and accompanied by a freshly scrubbed soundtrack, this abstract work of the Fab Four can be considered again. The Great Performances program will delve into why and how it was made while also putting the film in historical context. It should be a treat for Beatle fans and anyone interested in music history.
Read the full press release about the "Magical Mystery Tour Revisited" here.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times