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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 26, 1967

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

A re-make of "The Fool On The Hill", with a basic rock recordig numbered take five, onto which a host of instrumentswere overdubbed. This was then reduced into take six with vocals and ass superimposed.

Producer George Martin was absent for this 7:00 pm to 4:15 am session, the Beatles' new balance engineer Ken Scott having to fulfill double duties.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 25, 1967

Editing: Magical Mystery Tour

The Beatles began editing the Magical Mystery Tour television film on this day. They had thought it would be completed in a week, but it took a total of 11.

The editing was done by Roy Benson at Norman's Film Productions on Old Compton Street in London's Soho. Paul McCartney was there for the entire 11 weeks, occasionally joined by other members of the group. The unclear hierarchy within The Beatles at the time slowed down work considerably, as others would order scenes to be recut.

Roy Benson had previously worked as an editor on A Hard Day's Night.

He and I got our heads together and I said, 'Well, look, we've shot all this, and we've got clapper boards on some of it.' He said, 'Not on everything?' I said, 'No, no. No, some of it we just shot, but I'm sure it synchs.'
Paul McCartney
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles

These edit sessions typically lasted from 10am to 6pm each day, after which The Beatles often went to Abbey Road for a recording or mixing session. Approximately 10 hours of film was cut down to just 52 minutes, resulting in a large amount of unused footage.

Some additional audio recording was also done at Norman's Film Productions, including occasional narration by John Lennon.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 24, 1967

Filming: Magical Mystery Tour

This was the final day of filming for Magical Mystery Tour at West Malling Air Station in Maidstone, Kent.

A ballroom set was constructed in the huge aircraft hanger area, for the film's finale. Following lengthy rehearsals, The Beatles were filmed alongside 160 members of Peggy Spencer's formation dance team, miming and dancing to Your Mother Should Know.

The Beatles all wore white suits and carnations. Also in the scene were the rest of the cast, and 24 cadets from the West Malling branch of the Women's Royal Air Force.

Also on this day, a sequence was filmed in which the coach party, minus The Beatles, cheered and waved for the cameras, another in which the entire cast walked past the camera, and an unused scene in which Ivor Cutler performed a song at a white organ, with contributions from The Beatles and the coach passengers.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 23, 1967

Filming: Magical Mystery Tour

This was the fifth day of filming for Magical Mystery Tour at West Malling Air Station in Maidstone, Kent.

Among the exterior shots filmed during the week at the army base were the marathon scene, which took place on the main runway and perimeter road; another in which a group of people including Mal Evans and Neil Aspinall had their picture taken by Little George the photographer; and a tug of war involving 12 children and blindfolded vicars.

The most memorable of the exterior shots, however, was for I Am The Walrus. The Beatles mimed to the song at two locations at the airfield, including use of high anti-blast concrete walls atop which the group and four actors dressed as policemen stood.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 22, 1967

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 21, 1967

Filming: Magical Mystery Tour

This was the third day of filming for Magical Mystery Tour at West Malling Air Station in Maidstone, Kent.

The army base saw the filming of many of the interior and exterior shots for the television special. Among them was a scene in a hut outside the main hangar, in which Paul McCartney dressed up in army uniform as Major McCartney. Victor Spinetti appeared as a recruiting sergeant, and shouted instructions at Ringo Starr, Aunt Jessie and other passengers on the mystery trip.

 

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 20, 1967

Filming: Magical Mystery Tour

This was the second day of filming for Magical Mystery Tour at West Malling Air Station in Maidstone, Kent.

The Beatles worked at the army base for six days, staying at a nearby hotel each night. A number of interior shots were filmed in the enormous hanger space, including the magicians' laboratory sequence, Aunt Jessie's dream, and a sequence for George Harrison's Blue Jay Way.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 19, 1967

John Lennon Shooting the magicians sequence for Magical Mystery Tour at West Malling, September 19, 1967

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 18, 1967

Filming: Magical Mystery Tour

The second week of filming for the Magical Mystery Tour television special began with a visit to the Raymond Revuebar strip club in London's Soho.

The Beatles and other passengers from the coach trip were filmed watching Jan Carson's topless strip, accompanied by the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band performing Death Cab For Cutie.

In the final edit, a 'Censored' sign was superimposed to obscure Carson's bare breasts. The Beatles knew that, had they failed to do so, the BBC and other broadcasting companies would have cut the entire scene.

Jan Carson was a stripper who worked for Paul Raymond during the 1960s at his famous Revuebar in London.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 17, 1967

The Beatles are taking a break today.