Sunday, December 09, 2007


Beatles Christmas singles for their fans only

Starting in 1963, the Beatles started recording and releasing a special 6 or 7 minutes christmas single, in the shape of a 7 inch flexidisc (looks like a single, but is thinner and made of plastic), which they had distributed to members of their official fan club. These records are very rare today and difficult to get hold of.

1) The Beatles Christmas Record December 6, 1963 (Lyntone LYN 492)
Description: Amongst christmas greetings and other things a comical rendition of Good King Wenceslas and towards the end the chorus from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Recorded Oktober 17, 1963.
2) Another Beatles Christmas Record December 18, 1964 (Lyntone LYN 757)
Description: Includes the classic Jingle Bells, individual greetings and the ending jingle Can You Wash Your Father's Shirts?
Recorded: October 26, 1964.
3) The Beatles Third Christmas Record December 17, 1965 (Lyntone LYN 948)
Description: Contains Yesterday, Happy Christmas to Ya List'nas, Auld Land Syne, the Four Top's It's the Same Old Song and Christmas Comes But Once a Year.
Recorded November 8, 1965.
4) The Beatles Fourth Christmas Record Pantomime: Everywhere It's Christmas December 16, 1966 (Lyntone LYN 1145)
Description: A Monty Python-like record (or to be more accurate, the Goon Shows) , with amongst other things Everywhere It's Christmas, Orowanya, Please Don't Bring Your Banjo Back and the dramatic mini-play Podgy the Bear and Jasper Visit Felpin Mansions.
Recorded: November 25, 1966.
5) Christmas Time Is Here Again! December 15, 1967 (Lyntone LYN 1360)
Description: includes the rocking Christmas Time is Here Again, (later released in conjunction with the Anthology-project) Plenty of Jam Jars (performed by fictional band the "Revellers"), and finally John's poem When Christmas Time is Over.
Recorded: November 28, 1967.
6) The Beatles 1968 Christmas Record December 20, 1968 (Lyntone LYN 1743/4)
Description: a collage of sounds and Fab greetings, including Happy Christmas, Happy New Year, Johns poem Jock & Yono and Once Upon a Pool Table. Guest-appearing artist Tiny Tim destroys Nowhere Man.
Recorded in November, 1968.
7) The Beatles Seventh Christmas Record December 19, 1969 (Lyntone LYN 1970/1)
Description: A visit to John and Yoko in their home, Ringo plugs his movie The Magic Christian and Paul sings This is to Wish You a Merry, Merry Christmas. George is featured only briefly.
Recorded autumn 1969.

LP: From Then To You (Title in the USA: The Beatles Christmas Album)
Released: December 18, 1970 (Apple SBC 100) USA-edition, (Apple LYN 2154) UK-edition. Description: A compilation of all these above mentioned flexis.
As with the flexis, only fan club members were given a copy of this LP. Apart from the free copy, more copies could be ordered from the fan club.
This was the first time Americans could listen to the 1963-record, since they started with the 1964 flexi. The two editions of the LP have different names and also different album sleeves. The American one is the most popular a la the British A Hard Day's Night LP, but featuring photos from different years. Both the UK and USA versions of this LP are extremely rare, and have been counterfeited several times.

Beatles 7 Christmas singles for their fans only...???
I now offer to all others these 7 singles. Added are outtakes from the 1964 & 1967 recordings.
Keep the front and back scans of the original singles to myself (except the above 1967_back in very low quality). should have commented more...
Will send them only to those who are on my private mailing list...
Others can check the comments...


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'Clickable' links are for you downloaders soooo convienent but the disadvantage is they don't seem to 'last' long.
The Blogger gets a lot of comments 'please re-up'...... Other, more appropriate/interesting comments, they don't get.... :(
So you will have to do a little work to get the link.
This seems, in my opinion, the best deal between 'protecting' my links and the least effort for you.

Link :
You are smart, ain't ya ? So of course you understand to replace in r#pidsh#re twice the # in an a otherwise you don't have a 'valid' link !!
Paste this valid link in your browser-url and hit RETURN. You can also copy/paste the link into your 'downloadmanager'.
Well, that wasn't difficult, was it ? Now your download takes some time.
Think about the efforts/time a good Blogger spends to compile a nice offer, uploading it to a server, making a background article.
Shouldn't you, while simply waiting for the download to finish, give some remarks why you want this particular 'share' ?
Of course you should and you will if you are just a littlebit grateful.

Pass to extract this file : 071210
This file is a small 45MB, 'cause the songs are only in 128kbits

When you see this in Google or Yahoo cache or by my Blog's search function read first the RED instructions at the top left of my Blog !
Direct link (after that go to the plain comment of this 2007_december article !) :
Thanks again from a big Beatles fan
From a big Rolling Stones fan : you're welcome !!

And the prices are going higher and higher. I've seen over £ 300 a piece more than a year ago...
I learn them from here ,hehe
Thanks a lot~
I like old stuff now ^^
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