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Christmas Music Playlists with The Beatles Songs
The Beatles' Snowy White Album
Factfile - The Beatles
- The Beatles released 7 Christmas flexi discs between 1963 and 1969. These were compiled on a 1970 fanclub vinyl release: From Then To You or The Beatles Christmas Album.
- The 7 releases were: The Beatles Christmas Record (Oct '63), Another Beatles Christmas Record (Oct '64), The Beatles Christmas Record (Nov '65), Pantomime: 'Everywhere It's Christmas': The Beatles Fourth Christmas Record (Nov '66), Christmas Time (Is Here Again); The Beatles Fifth Christmas Record (Nov '67), Happy Christmas 1968: The Sixth Christmas Record (Nov '68), Happy Christmas 1969: The Beatles Seventh Christmas Record (Nov '69).
- The Beatles had UK Christmas number 1's in 1963, '64, '65 and '67.
You’ll read it in lots of places that the Beatles never really amounted to a whole lot when it came to the holidays. This train of thought usually goes on to wax lyrical about the songs that the Beatles solo careers produced instead, such as Lennon’s ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)’ or McCartney’s ‘Wonderful Christmastime’. While those efforts were indeed enjoyable (and have proven to have sustained longevity) it would be remiss to discount the Beatles Christmas recordings out of hand. They were for the most part unconventional, unstructured and mostly concerned with laddish japery than musical endeavour but the 7 Christmas recordings made for the band’s rabid fanclub contained snippets of Christmas gold.
The Beatles Christmas records were initially released on the long since disappeared media format known as flexi-disc which was a paper thin version of a vinyl record. Flexi-disc’s cheap manufacturing and post and packaging costs meant it was an ideal mechanism for reaching the Beatles fans. So from 1963 to 1969 (7 recordings in all) the Liverpool quartet put together and posted to their fans a series of spoken word/musical moments that varied in total length from about 4 to 7 minutes. While each of the recordings were great fun there was little or no semblance of real songs on most of them (there were jokey nods to ‘Jingle Bells’, ‘Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer’ and ‘Good King Wenceslas’ but none that had any artistic merit). The only exception can be found on the Christmas 1967 edition which included ‘Christmas Time Is Here Again’ which for the most part involved the band's repeated harmonising of the songs title. It was the classic Beatles sound so for that we must be thankful for the 1995 ‘Beatles Anthology’ for giving it the semblance of the tune we know today.
The only other song of note (albeit a 90 second opera recorded with what sounds like toy instruments) came on the Beatles' 1968 Christmas Record courtesy of Paul McCartney. Only a snippet could be heard on the original recording but ‘Happy Christmas, Happy New Year’ has since been fully restored and despite it sounding like it was put down in a cardboard box there was certainly enough ideas to turn it into a fabulous Christmas song. Pity then that that never happened.
All of the Beatles Christmas recordings were compiled on a Beatles fanclub vinyl release in 1970, by which time the band had split up. This compilation was alternatively titled ‘From Then To You’ or ‘The Beatles Christmas Album’ depending on which jurisdiction your branch of the fanclub was based. Copies of this album now sell for several hundred dollars in good condition which is not bad for a set of scratchy recordings and a throwaway song or two!
John Ringo Paul and George send you these tapes of love and greetings... The Beatles wish all of you a happy Christmas and may the Seventies Give Peace a Chance...
The Beatles, Seventh Christmas Record (1969)
The Beatles Christmas Album & Single Covers