MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR
S-4574 (WRC) / SMAL 2835 (US IMPORT) / PCSO 3077 (PARLOPHONE)
RELEASE DATE SIDE 1 MATRIX SIDE 2 MATRIX PARTS
Feb 1969 SMAL-1-2835 B24 IAM SMAL-2-2835 A23#4 IAM US Capitol Scranton
23 Sep 1974 SMAL-1-2835 H29.2 SMAL-2-2835 H31.2 US (imported LP)
16 Jul 1979 PCSO3077A PCSO3077B AU
14 Nov 1988 PCSO3077D-A
PB EMIDISC DMM
PCSO3077D-B
PB EMIDISC DMM
AU
MATRIX INFORMATION

Machine Stamped - Hand Written
ORIGIN CODE CIRCULATED SLEEVE DETAILS
AU A1 Feb 1969 Front cover taken from page 10 of the US LP/UK EP booklet; non-gatefold. Titled Magical Mystery Tour And Other Splendid Hits.
US US1 Sep 1974 US import
AU A2 Jul 1979 Locally-produced (gatefold) version of US1 but without booklet (although some copies have been observed with a loose, unglued book included)
AU A3 Nov 1988 Same as A2 but with "DIGITALLY REMASTERED" footer on interior left g/fold
SLEEVE INFORMATION
WORLD RECORD CLUB
AU4574S1
Feb 1969
APPLE - EMI IMPORT
AU2835S3
23 Sep 1974
ORANGE 1-BOX C
AU3077S4
16 July 1979
WORLD RECORD CLUB
AU4574S2
Aug 1972
GENERAL ALBUM INFORMATION
The first album version of Magical Mystery Tour was issued in Australia around February 1969 through the World Record Club (EMI's mail-order division). This edition was titled Magical Mystery Tour And Other Splendid Hits. The image that graced the front-sleeve of the WRC edition was taken from page 10 of the booklet that accompanied the UK EP and US LP. In 1974, EMI (Australia) made the decision, based on sales through its import ordering system, to retail US-imported Apple copies of the album.

In July 1979, EMI (Australia) released the LP domestically on the Parlophone label, not surprisingly with an inferior gatefold sleeve and without the 24-page book. Until the digital era, all LP copies have the duophonic versions of Penny Lane, Baby, You're A Rich Man, and All You Need Is Love. However, and mirroring the UK, Parlophone compact-cassette copies contain the true stereo versions of those tracks.

Despite EMI (Australia) importing the album from the US and subsequently pressing it locally on the Parlophone label, it would remain available through WRC until the club closed in 1982, with copies from late 1979 using the domestic Parlophone cut and copies from 1981 being the standard EMI (Australia) release with a small WRC sticker applied over the Parlophone catalogue number on the rear of the cover (see zoomable image, below)
PAGE LAST UPDATED: 11 AUGUST 2012
Orange 1-box copies of MMT distributed by The World Record Club are identified by this sticker
Information about the 2-disc 45rpm Extended-Play (EP) edition of Magical Mystery Tour can be found in the EP section of this site, accessable via the top menu.

BLACK 1-BOX A
AU3077S5A
1982
BLACK 1-BOX B
AU3077S5B
Jul 1987
NZ CONTRACT
AU3077S6