Mystery of a “Mystery Tour” Original EP Solved

Originally I was annoyed with the eBay seller, and also annoyed with myself for not checking properly before bidding….

You see, I’d been the successful bidder on what I thought was an original, 1967 German pressing of The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour. That’s the way it was advertised by the seller. It was a double EP on the Odeon label and in very good condition for its age. Got it for a really good price, too:magical_ger_ep_h1_large magical_ger_ep_h4_large

Then the record arrives in the post. We open it up and pop open the gatefold cover. There, at the bottom right, it clearly says: “MADE & PRINTED IN GERMANY”. All good so far:mmt-germay

Then we get the records out. They’re in mint condition and on the red Odeon label:mmt-france-label

But hang on, the small print on the label says “MADE IN FRANCE”! mmt-france-closeup

What’s going on here? Has this eBay seller done a swifty and tried to pass off a “Frankenstein-ed” copy of Magical Mystery Tour? Have they conveniently mixed a cover from one country, and the two vinyls from another?

Thankfully, no.

A little bit of “after-the-fact” internet research reveals that all is well. This is indeed how this edition was originally released. In France, Odeon manufactured the vinyl locally, but they imported all the covers from Germany. This is easily proved by a visit to the Discogs database here, and here where members have similar copies to the one we have.

There is also an excellent explanation (and photos) on The Beatles Record Collection site, where it is revealed that there are even more variations in the way the French issued the Magical Mystery Tour EP set.

So, we indeed do have a correct and original French (not German) pressing of this disc after all. Phew!

(As usual, click on images above to see larger versions)

8 thoughts on “Mystery of a “Mystery Tour” Original EP Solved

  1. I own a copy of the Spanish edition, with the discs “fabricados en España”, and the gatefold also “made & printed in Germany”, even though it’s not exactly the same pictured above (the fan club add is not featured).

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  2. Hello , I just stumbled upon this Blog and would just like to point out a few things about MMT E.Ps. made in Germany and France. The German versions ( yes more than one) came with the same cover as shown above but also with a similar cover without the mention Beatles Fan Club.
    As far as the French version goes- check your copy to see if yours actually has I am the Walrus on it. This version was also miss-pressed and has Lou Rawls -“Darling ” pressed on instead. This is quite rare and so course fetches a much higher market value. There are also later versions in Mono and Stereo. The inner sleeves are also Red in color..

    This mix up of sellers on E-Bay thinking they have a German version , where they in fact are selling a French one is quite common.

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    • I will keep my fingers crossed. Glad to be of help.
      At this time I own almost 60 different versions of the Magical Mystery Tour E.P.
      If you still need the German versions im sure I can help you to get them. They are very easy to come by over here depending on what shape you would like to have them.

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