U.S. FAN CLUB CHRISTMAS RECORDS

 
1964 - Season's Greetings From the Beatles
Recorded: October 17, 1963

The first U.S. Christmas flexi contained the 1963 U.K. recording. It was mailed in a tri-fold package with the record in the middle.

Shown is the front and back of the unfolded mailer.


 
1965 - The Beatles Third Christmas Record

Lyntone LYN 948

Recorded: November 8, 1965

Released: December 17, 1965

Same as the U.K. release.

Liner notes:

     THE BEATLES THIRD CHRISTMAS RECORD was made immediately after The Beatles finished work on their latest album “Rubber Soul”. To complete those fourteen LP tracks John, Paul, George and Ringo spent a series of whole days and whole nights in the recording studio with George Martin. Never before have they given such concentrated and extended attention to the production of an album. The Beatles have always been perfectionists but on this occasion they spent a great deal of time creating an unusually wide range of different instrumental sounds. They set out to make “Rubber Soul” the most varied LP programme of their career and they succeeded in achieving this aim.
     A special fan club record from John, Paul, George and Ringo for Christmas has become a tradition. At the same time the project remains unique in that The Beatles are the only group to make an annual gift of this kind to their truest fans. THE BEATLES THIRD CHRISTMAS RECORD cannot be bought in the shops. Copies are not available at any price to people who do not belong to The Official Beatles Fan Club Of Great Britain. That's what makes the entire venture so intriguing. Just about everything else the four boys do – whether it is a concert tour, a recording session or a television show – becomes (more or less) public property. But these Christmas records remain personal and exclusive – collectors’ gems whose value to Beatle People will increase with each year that passes.
     Incidentally, I wonder how many members recognise the setting of the picture to be seen on the front of this sleeve. It was taken in Granada's Manchester television studios when the boys made their spectacular “The Music Of Lennon And McCartney”. A few seconds after the photograph was taken, The Beatles launched into the energetic performance of “Day Tripper” which closes the first part of the programme.
     On behalf of the boys, fan club secretary Anne Collingham writes umpteen ‘Thank You’ letters during the course of the year. I think it's time somebody said “Thank You’ to Anne and her hardworking staff of girls on Monmouth Street. There's never a quiet moment at the club headquarters but Anne's busy band love what they're doing and even when things get particularly hectic you'll always find them helpful if you drop in or telephone the office.

TONY BARROW

 
1966 - Everywhere It's Christmas
Recorded: November 25, 1966

Mailed on a rectangular postcard.

Post card notes:

Hello and greetings to you all,

Once again, we are pleased to be able to send out to you the Christmas record, especially for members of BEATLES (U.S.A.) LIMITED. And, once again, it is a record which money just can't buy. Only to members, people! Only to members.

The point is that John, Paul, George and Ringo want to thank you most sincerely for all of your support and loyalty during 1966. And, all of us here at the National Headquarters would like to join with them in the hope that you and your families have a thoroughly happy Christmas holiday, followed by a successful 1967.

Best wishes to you all.
Sincerely,
BEATLES (U.S.A.) LIMITED
Bernice Young
Director

EVERYWHERE IT'S CHRISTMAS

Everywhere it's Christmas,
Everywhere it's song.
London, Paris, Rome, New York
And Tokyo, Hong Kong.

Everywhere it's Christmas -
I'm off to join the cheer;
Everywhere it's Christmas
At the end of every year.

PLEASE DON'T BRING YOUR BANJO BACK

Please don't bring your banjo back,
I know where it's been.
I wasn't hardly gone a day
When it became the scene.
Banjos, banjos, all the time -
I can't forget that tune -
And, If I ever see another banjo
I'm going out to buy a big balloon!


 
1967 - Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
Recorded: November 28, 1967

Mailed on a rectangular postcard.

This was the last Christmas record the Beatles recorded together as a group.

Post card notes:

CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE AGAIN!

Featuring . . . . THE BEATLES

With Special Guest Appearances:
  On Feet & Voice . . . . . . Victor U. Spinetti
    Something Else . . . . . . . Malcom Lift-Evans
      Another Bite of the Apple . . Produced by George (is here again) Martin

John, Paul, George and Ringo once again join their voices in song to wish you a most happy holiday season and to thank you in a Christmas way for every 1967 day you have made so wonderful for them through your support and loyalty.

The Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" will begin another exciting new year and this color TV spectacular, which was filmed on location in Devon and Cornwall, England by the Beatles themselves is scheduled for release in the U. S. A. shortly after the first of the year. The "Magical Mystery Tour" album is available now and in it you will hear the brand new Beatle numbers: "The Fool On The Hill" - a ballad sung by Paul; "Flying" - an instrumental; "Blue Jay Way" - a tune written by George Harrison about the street he lived on while visiting Los Angeles this year; "Your Mother Should Know"; "Hello Goodbye"; and "I Am The Walrus". You'll also hear the title song from the Mystery Tour along with both sides of the "Penny Lane" and "All You Need Is Love" singles. It certainly promises to be another eventful year for the Beatles and we'll frequently be keeping you up to date on the latest happenings in forthcoming Beatle bulletins.

We have available a supply of exclusive photos of the Beatles from the "Our World" film clips and if you'd like to order, the prices are as follows: 25¢ each; $1.00 for a set of five group shots; 10¢ for each photo over 5 (the entire set consists of 10 pics) Reminder! Please be sure to mark your envelopes "Photo Order" so that you will receive your pics quickly.

We here at BEATLES (USA) LIMITED would like to join with the Beatles in song to wish you the Merriest Christmas and a most Delightful New Year.

Warm wishes,
BEATLES (USA) LIMITED


 
1968 - The Beatles 1968 Christmas Record

Americom H-2041

Recorded: November, 1968

The American Fan Club used a modified 1967 UK Christmas record sleeve designed by Julian Lennon, John Lennon and Ringo Starr.


 
1969 - Happy Christmas 1969

Americom H-2465

Recorded: Fall of 1969

This is the same sleeve (but differently designed disc label) used for the 1969 U.K. Fan Club Christmas record.

Sleeve design credits go to Richard and Zak Starkey.

Liner notes:

From Ascot in Berkshire, from Weybridge in Surrey, from St. John's Wood in the Borough of Marylebone and from Apple in the West End, John Ringo Paul and George send you these tapes of love and greetings soldered into a collective disc by the iron wrist of Maurice Cole. The Beatles wish all of you a happy Christmas and may the Seventies Give Peace a Chance.


 

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