50 Essential Albums of 1967

From the Doors' debut to Aretha Franklin's first smash

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The Beatles, 'Magical Mystery Tour'
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The Beatles, 'Magical Mystery Tour'

Because it begins with the lame theme to their worst movie and the sappy "Fool on the Hill," few realize that this serves up three worthy obscurities forthwith – bet Beck knows the sour-and-sweet instrumental "Flying" by heart. Then it A/Bs three fabulous singles. "Penny Lane"/"Strawberry Fields Forever" may be the finest two-sided record in history. Goo goo g'joob, so may "Hello Goodbye"/"I Am the Walrus." "Baby You're a Rich Man"? OK, not in that league. Which is why it bows humbly before "All You Need Is Love."

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