Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour German rare true stereo “hot mix” LP

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A German true stereo “hot mix” pressing of Magical Mystery Tour by the Beatles with a cover that was unique to this issue.

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Offered for sale is a German pressing of Magical Mystery Tour by the Beatles, featuring all of the songs in true stereo as well as a cover that was unique to the German release.

This is the rare “hot mix” version of the album that is cut at a noticeably higher volume than most pressings and offers better sound quality.

About this copy:  This copy of Magical Mystery Tour is an issue from the early 1980s, and not the more common pressings with the “Hor Zu” logo on the label and cover.

While this LP was pressed several times over the years, most pressings have A1/B3 stampers.  They sound nice, but the A1/B1 pressings are louder and, to most ears, sound considerably better than the A1/B3 version.  They’re also quite a bit harder to find.

The cover is M- and retains the original shrink wrap.  There is a sticker from an importer on the back cover.

The disc is M- with no spindle marks on the labels.  It does have a couple of ultra-faint sleeve scuffs on side 2.  The LP has clearly only been played a couple of times.

Matrix numbers:

Side one: 04449-A1+C

Side two: 04449-B1+C

A nice copy of a terrific record.

Background: As Magical Mystery Tour was a soundtrack to a film that contained only six new songs, EMI Records in Britain decided to release the material as a set of two 7″ EPs.  In the U.S., Capitol Records issued the material as a full album, by combining A and B sides of then-current singles.  As there were no true stereo mixes of those singles at the time, most of the second side of the album was issued in the United States in Capitol’s “Duophonic” fake stereo.

In the early 1970s, true stereo mixes of those songs became available, and Apple Records released the full LP in Germany using those stereo mixes.  On this version only, the entire album was in true stereo with the exception of the second half of “I Am the Walrus,” for which no true stereo mix exists.

The German album was also issued with a unique cover, though without the gatefold cover and book that accompanied the U.S. album and the UK EP release.

Most of the German copies of Magical Mystery Tour  that we’ve seen over the years were sold through Hörzu, a German television listings magazine.  These copies have the Hörzu logo on both the cover and record label, and seem to be more common than those purchased elsewhere.

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Country of origin: Germany
Size: 12″
Record Label: Apple
Catalog Number:
1C 072-04 449
Year of Release: 1981
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in