The German edition of Magical Mystery Tour is notable for offering, for the first time, true stereo remixes of 3 of the non-soundtrack songs found on side B: Penny Lane, Baby You're A Rich Man, and All You Need Is Love. In reality it wasn't until the second version of the album, released in 1973, that these songs were featured on the album. There are three main versions of the album:
First version, released 1971 (matrix SHZE 327 - A-1 and SHZE 327 - B-1). The first version is the same as the 1967 Capitol US edition, which utilized duophonic or "fake stereo" versions of Penny Lane, Baby You're A Rich Man, and All You Need Is Love. The cover features a red/pink Hörzu logo in the upper left. This version was also released in 1973 as Odeon 28 642-7.
Second version, released 1973 (matrix SHZE 327 - A-1 and SHZE 327 - B-3). The second version utilized the 1969 stereo mix of All You Need Is Love from the Yellow Submarine LP as well as new stereo mixes of Penny Lane and Baby You're A Rich Man. It also included a brand new remix of Strawberry Fields Forever with greater stereo separation, improved percussion, and moving of the left to right panned cello and trumpet heard at the edit point of the song to only the right. This cover features the black and orange Hörzu logo in the upper left (pictured above), and an Apple-branded variation released around the same time features the Apple logo in the upper left instead. This is generally considered to be the best-sounding stereo vinyl pressing available.
Third version, released 1976 (matrix SHZE 327 - A-1 04449-A1+C and SHZE 327 - B-3 04449-B1+C). The third version has a smaller deadwax area with the same matrices as the second version and features significantly heavier bass. It features the Apple logo in the upper left of the front cover.
- Magical Mystery Tour
- The Fool On The Hill
- Blue Jay Way
- Your Mother Should Know
- I Am The Walrus
- Apple/Horzu SHZE 327, released 1971
- Odeon 28 642-7 (club issue with same mixes as the 1971 release and 1967 US Capitol stereo versions), released 1973
- Apple SHZE 327 (2nd issue), released 1973
- Apple/EMI 1C 072-04 449 (3rd issue), released 1976
First version Hörzu cover
Apple label cover