|10 days before Christmas we'll start getting in the mood as Apple has finally decided to release The Beatles Christmas Messages just in time for The Beatles favorite holiday: Christmas!
The Beatles’ annual holiday tradition of recording jolly Christmas messages for fan club members was an important part of the band’s relationship with their most ardent supporters, affectionately referred to by them as “Beatle People.” Spanning 1963 to 1969, The Beatles’ holiday recordings were originally pressed on flexi discs and mailed to fan club members each December. Never released beyond the fan club until now, The Beatles’ seven holiday messages have been newly pressed on a rainbow of seven-inch colored vinyl singles for The Christmas Records box set. The limited edition collection presents each vinyl single with its original flexi disc sleeve artwork, accompanied by a 16-page booklet with recording notes and reproductions of the fan club’s National Newsletters, which were mailed to members with the holiday flexi discs.
Widely bootlegged for years in high quality, this marks their first official release since the fan club days of 1963-69.
The Beatles: The Christmas Records
[limited edition box set: seven 7” colored vinyl singles]
1963: “The Beatles´ Christmas Record” (one-sided, 5:00 TRT)
Recorded: 17 October 1963 - Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London
1964: “Another Beatles Christmas Record” (one-sided, 3:58 TRT)
Recorded: 26 October 1964 - Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London
1965: “The Beatles´ Third Christmas Record” (one-sided, 6:20 TRT)
Recorded: 8 November 1965 - Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London
1966: “Pantomime - Everywhere It´s Christmas: The Beatles´ Fourth Christmas Record” (one-sided, 6:36 TRT)
Recorded: 25 November 1966 - Dick James Music, New Oxford Street, London
1967: “Christmas Time (Is Here Again): The Beatles’ Fifth Christmas Record” (one-sided, 6:06 TRT)
Recorded: 28 November 1967 - Studio Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London
1968: “The Beatles´ Sixth Christmas Record” (two-sided, 7:48 TRT)
Recorded: 1968, various locations
1969: “The Beatles´ Seventh Christmas Record” (two-sided, 7:39 TRT)
Recorded: 1969, various locations
Click here see the official video for the release and listen to Joe Johnson´s Beatle Brunch to hear the messages in crystal clarity and to WIN your copy.