|1963 - The Beatles' Christmas Record|
Recorded: October 17, 1963
Released: December 6, 1963
The Beatles' British Fan Club was completely unprepared for the thousands of new member applications it received towards the end of 1963. It was forced to order a second pressing (without the sleeve) to meet demand. These were sent to the new members in February with an accompanying letter of apology.
A fan club newsletter was printed in the gatefold sleeve. On future releases it was included separately.
About 30,000 total copies were manufactured.
the record slips into the pocket on the right
ABOVE: THE BEATLES at the National Headquarters of The Official Fan Club with Joint Secretaries BETINNA ROSE (right) and ANNE COLLINHAM (left).
BELOW: THE BEATLES are presented to The Queen Mother at this year's Royal Variety Performance (Monday 4 November : Prince of Wales Theatre).
|1964 - Another Beatles Christmas Record|
Recorded: October 26, 1964
Released: December 18, 1964
Fan Club membership had grown to 65,000. This release included a separate newsletter.
This is the only U.K. Fan Club Christmas record that plays at 45 RPM instead of 33 1/3-RPM.
Just a year ago The Beatles made their first Christmas record for exclusive
distribution to fan club members. Now at the end of another splendid period
of world-wide pop supremacy our fabulous foursome have made a second equally
precious recording as a Christmas gift to the club's 65,000 Beatle People.
This disc will not be in the hit parade. Additional copies will never be
pressed. The contents of this sleeve will make each fan club member the
envy of numerous friends. Money can't buy ANOTHER BEATLES CHRISTMAS RECORD
– but with membership of the most with it fan club in Britain the disc
comes through your letter-box free of charge in time for yuletide parties
and holiday record sessions. This is the uniquely pleasant way in which
John, Paul, George and Ringo choose to say Thank You to thousands
of their loyal fans throughout the nation.
|1965 - The Beatles Third Christmas Record|
Recorded: November 8, 1965
Released: December 17, 1965
The record included a separate newsletter.
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.
|1966 - Pantomime "Everywhere It's Christmas"|
Recorded: November 25, 1966
Released: December 16, 1966
Paul McCartney designed the sleeve that included a separate newsletter.
"EVERYWHERE IT'S CHRISTMAS" track list:
Song: EVERYWHERE IT'S CHRISTMAS
THE LOYAL TOAST
PODGY THE BEAR AND JASPER
MANSIONS: Part One
MANSIONS: Part Two
Song: PLEASE DON'T BRING YOUR BANJO BACK
Mal: EVERYWHERE IT'S CHRISTMAS
Reprise: EVERYWHERE IT'S CHRISTMAS
|1967 - Christmas Time (Is Here Again)|
Recorded: November 28, 1967
Released: December 15, 1967
This was the last Christmas record the Beatles recorded together as a group.
Sleeve design credits go to Julian Lennon, John Lennon and Ringo Starr.
The record included a separate newsletter.
CHRISTMAS TIME (IS HERE AGAIN)
THE ORIGINAL BEATLESWith Special Guest Appearance by the feet and voice of VICTOR U. SPINETTI and Something Else by MALCOM LIFT-EVANS
Another little bite of the Apple: Produced by George (Is Here Again) Martin
|1968 - The Beatles Sixth Christmas Record|
Recorded: November, 1968
Released: December 20, 1968
This disc varies from previous Christmas discs in two ways: It's double sided and instead of a paper label, disc label information is printed directly onto the plastic.
RECORDED in November 1968 at the lush London homes of Beatle John and Beatle Paul and in the back of Beatle Ringo’s diesel-powered removal van somewhere in Surrey. The voice of Beatle George is heard because Yours Faithfully, The G.P.D., did something right and joined up 6,000 miles of telephone links at an appropriate moment. Additional material was recorded earlier in the elegant Esher home of Beatle George during rehearsal sessions for “The Beatles” LP album set.
|1969 - The Beatles Seventh Christmas Record|
This record uses the same double sided format as the 1968 disc.
Sleeve design credits go to Richard and Zak Starkey.
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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