What inspiring views were to be seen from the right-hand windows of the Mystery Tour
In fact, the colourized Icelandic landscape shots for the "Flying" sequence were outtakes from Kubrick's Space Odyssey
, though the BBC's original screening in black and white did them precious little justice.
The accompanying soundtrack is a suitably stoned twelve-bar instrumental jam, all wobbly guitars, mellotron and tape-loops, which nicely encapsulates the scenario — when viewed in lysergicolor
, at least.
"It's credited to all four Beatles — which is how you would
credit a non-song", observed Paul.
Provisionally titled "Aerial Tour Instrumental", all four of 'em also played around with it considerably before landing on the final take. The alternate version has gained cult-classic status, and the nine-minute extended mix has become urban myth.