December 19, 2016 – 7:21 am

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Complete Christmas Collection 1963-1969 [Yellow Dog YD031, 1CD]

All seven Christmas messages plus bonus outtakes. Originally sourced from flexi discs. Very good studio soundboard.

From 1963 until 1969 the Beatles  put together single-sided flexi discs with a Christmas message that were distributed to their fan club members. All seven of these were included in a 12″ LP and sent as a final farewell to members in 1970. Various bootlegs of that limited LP have been floating around for years, and with assorted outtake material and rehearsal chatter included, plus the complete acetate of “Christmas Time (Is Here Again),” that is what has been assembled here in this festive boot from Yellow Dog Records. Aside from “Christmas Time,” which is a pretty good holiday song by any standards, nothing reaches serious artistic heights, but the sheer zany joy of the Beatles  is pretty irresistible as they joke and pun their way through short skits and fractured Christmas carols.

By 1965 everything gets drenched in reverb and quick edits, and tape loops by 1967 make these recordings in their own way as experimental as any of the group’s serious material. John Lennon’s genius for wordplay is rampant everywhere, and odd horn blasts and snippets of songs dart in and out. By 1969 the four Beatles were recording their holiday messages separately, and the sequence was edited together for unity, and yes, Yoko is there, too. As a sort of alternate history of the Beatles told through holiday tidings, The Complete Christmas Collection is fascinating and fun, and makes one wish that it could have gone on forever.

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Track 01. Christmas Time Is Here Again [1967 Outtake] 5:47 (13.9MB)
Track 02. The Beatles Christmas Record [1963] 5:04 (12.2MB)
Track 03. Another Beatles Christmas Record [1964] 4:06 (9.8MB)
Track 04. The Beatles Third Christmas Record [1965] 6:25 (15.4MB)
Track 05. The Beatles Fourth Christmas Record [1966] 6:41 (16.0MB)
Track 06. Christmas Time Is Here Again [1967] 6:12 (14.9MB)
Track 07. The Beatles 1968 Christmas Record 7:55 (19.0MB)
Track 08. The Beatles Seventh Christmas Record [1969] 7:44 (18.6MB)
Track 09. Christmas Message Outtake [1964] 4:41 (11.2MB)
55 mins

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  2. Happy Christmas, everybody. A Happy Trump to you all, we can only hope. This afternoon I awoke and felt strange. I was breathing and my mouth was closed! For the first time in a year and a half since a surgery and radiation treatment, I can do that! I can breathe through my nose! What a blessing and a delightful gift! Be thankful for every thing!

    By ScarRad on Dec 19, 2016

  3. Bless Him for healing you! Thank you, Donald, for laying your hand upon this one!

    By Alice Bowie on Dec 19, 2016

  4. Did anyone else notice how these fanclub flexis tell the story of how the balance of power within The Beatles shifted quite rapidly, from one year to the next? Well, whatever; they always bring good cheer, so good choice Big O! Happy Holidays!

    By kalle on Dec 19, 2016

  5. Thank you SO much for both these collections. I remember discussing a copyright extension collection possibility on the Beatles near the end of the year like they did on ITunes in 2013, but none followed. This is a wonderful substitute not to mention an EXCELLENT Christmas gift. Wish BigO a VERY Merry Christmas and happy holiday season - will take to these as soon as I get home from work!

    By Tony Pizza on Dec 19, 2016

  6. merry kringle !

    By sluggo on Dec 19, 2016

  7. Christmastime is here again sounds great ive never heard it sound so good before where did this copy come from

    By Tc on Dec 20, 2016

  8. Thanks for the Beatles. have a Merry Christmas. Thanks, for so many years of free music. Please, never stop!!

    By jimg on Dec 20, 2016

  9. Always loved these flexis when they came in the mail to me. If anyone is interested, my book covering these releases and more is called “The Beatles Christmas Book” and is available on Amazon. Lots of rare info, illustrations, photos and collectables included. Merry Crimble!

    By Belmo on Dec 21, 2016

  10. Belmo`s books are a great addition to any true collector of roio`s.

    By sluggo on Dec 21, 2016

  11. Let’s hope Belmo sends a nice donation to BigO in exchange for the free advertising.

    By everyone else on bigo on Dec 21, 2016

  12. “Let’s hope Belmo sends a nice donation to BigO in exchange for the free advertising”

    just like you send nice donations to bigo for the music?
    Belmo has contributed here with good shows and fabulous info ,and you ?

    By sluggo on Dec 21, 2016

  13. @ScarRad - congrats, glad you can now breath through your nose. I use a CPAP mask so that I can breathe through my nose when I sleep and not through my mouth (which made me snore like a hippo farting)

    By Happytimes on Dec 23, 2016

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