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GIVE ME PRESENTS: The Beatles Fan Club Christmas Records

GIVE ME PRESENTS: The Beatles Fan Club Christmas Records

Each year, from their inception until their breakup, the Beatles released a Christmas record through their fan club on a flexidisc record - a flimsy record roughly the size of a 45. These records were typically filled with Christmas songs and skits. These releases were given out to the U.K. fan club; the U.S. fan club sometimes did not receive recordings at all as noted below. Contained here is a list of all of the Christmas flexidiscs with rough track listings, recording notes, cover photos, and more.

The Beatles' Christmas Record (1963)

The Beatles Christmas Record (1963)

Recorded at Abbey Road on October 20, 1963, using a script written by Tony Barrow. Only 5000 copies were printed. The 1963 disc was issued to the US fan club in 1964, and instead of on a flexidisc, it was embedded in a tri-fold cardboard mailer. Total running tme 5:00.

Track list

  1. Good King Wenceslas
  2. John Lennon Monologue
  3. Paul McCartney Monologue
  4. Good King Wenceslas
  5. Ringo Starr Monologue
  6. Good King Wenceslas
  7. George Harrison Monologue
  8. Good King Wenceslas
  9. Rudolph The Red Nosed Ringo

Release history

  • Parlophone LYN492, released December 6, 1963

Another Beatles Christmas Record (1964)

Another Beatles Christmas Record (1964)

Recorded October 26-28, 1964 and featuring a running time of 4:05. Over 70,000 records were pressed, as the band had gotten much more popular since 1963. Produced by George Martin.

Track list

  1. Jingle Bells
  2. Paul McCartney Monologue
  3. John Lennon Monologue
  4. George Harrison Monologue
  5. Ringo Starr Monologue
  6. Can You Wash Your Father's Shirts
  7. Happy Christmas

Release history

  • Parlophone LYN757, released December 18, 1964

 

The Beatles' Third Christmas Record (1965)

The Beatles Third Christmas Record (1965)

Recorded October 19, 1965, immediately following sessions for "Think For Yourself." The 1965 disc was not sent to members of the US fan club having been received too late for a Christmas release, and a black and white postcard was sent instead. Featuring a running time of 6:26

Track list

  1. Yesterday
  2. Dialogue
  3. Happy Christmas
  4. Auld Lang Syne
  5. Dialogue
  6. Same Old Song
  7. Dialogue
  8. Auld Lang Syne
  9. Dialogue

Release history

  • Parlophone LYN948, released December 17, 1965

Pantomime: Everywhere It's Christmas (1966)

Pantomime: Everywhere Its Christmas (1966)

Recorded November 25, 1966 and featuring a running time of 6:40. The cover was designed by Paul,Pantomime was more of a studio recording than past Christmas albums. The band acts out a number of plays and performs several new songs. The recording took place between sessions for Strawberry Fields Forever. The 1966 disc was not sent to the US fan club.

Track list

Side A

  1. Everywhere It's Christmas
  2. Orowanyna
  3. A Rare Cheese
  4. The Feast
  5. The Loyal Toast

Side B

  1. Rodgy The Beat & Jasper
  2. Felphin Mansion
  3. Please Don't Bring Your Banjo Back
  4. Everywhere It's Christmas

Release history

  • Parlophone LYN1145, released December 16, 1966

Christmas Time is Here Again! (1967)

Christmas Time is Here Again! (1967)

Recorded November 11, 1967 and featuring a running time: 6:10. Christmas Time Is Here Again! is a comedy record featuring a sleeve cover by John and Ringo and a back cover featuring a drawing by John's son Julian. This is the last studio Christmas album recorded by the Beatles. The 1967 disc was not sent to the US fan club.

Track list

  1. Christmas Time
  2. The Boys Arrive At BBC House
  3. An Audition
  4. Tap Dancing
  5. Are You 13 Amp
  6. Get One Of Those For Your Trousers
  7. Sir Gerald
  8. Christmas Time
  9. Onto The Next Round & Introduction
  10. Plenty Of Jam Jars
  11. Quiz Show
  12. Get One Of Those For Your Trousers
  13. Theatre Hour
  14. Christmas Time
  15. They'd Like To Say Thank You...
  16. When Christmas Time Is O'er

Release history

  • Parlophone LYN1360, released December 15, 1967

The Beatles' 1968 Christmas Record (1968)

The Beatles 1968 Christmas Record (1968)

Recorded in the Autumn of 1968 during the 'White Album' sessions, the 1968 Christmas disc was not recorded with the band together at Abbey Road. There was a lot of fighting going on, so each Beatle recorded their own messages at their own houses. The tapes were compiled and assembled by a DJ named Kenny Everett. Features "Nowhere Man" sung by Tiny Tim. The line "some of their beast friends" said by John on the track "Yoko And John" track upset George. Features a running time of 7:55

Track list

Side A

  1. Ringo - Ob-La-Di
  2. Happy Christmas, Happy New Year
  3. Helter Skelter
  4. Yoko And John Dialogue
  5. George Monologue From America

Side B

  1. Ringo Starr Monologue
  2. Happy Christmas, Happy New Year
  3. Once Upon A Pool Table
  4. George and Tiny Tim
  5. Nowhere Man
  6. Ending

Release history

  • Parlophone LYN1743/LYN1744, released December 20, 1968

Happy Christmas 1969 (1969)

Happy Christmas 1969 (1969)

Features a cover photo taken by Ringo and a new, unreleased song from Paul titled "This Is To Wish You". This record was also recorded separately by each Beatle in the Autumn of 1969 in their own homes and compiled and arranged later. This is their last Christmas album. Features a running time of 7:42.

Track list

Side A

  1. Happy Christmas
  2. John And Yoko Dialogue
  3. Wonderful Christmas
  4. Ringo Monologue
  5. The End
  6. John And Yoko Dialogue
  7. This Is To Wish You
  8. Paul Monologue
  9. This Is To Wish You Reprise

Side B

  1. John And Yoko Dialogue
  2. Happy Christmas
  3. Happy Christmas / Magic Christian
  4. Ringo Monologue
  5. John And Yoko Dialogue

Release history

  • Parlophone LYN1970/LYN1971, released December 19, 1969

From Then To You (UK)

From Then To You

The Beatles Christmas Album (US)

The Beatles Christmas Album

A special release featuring all 7 Christmas records on one double-sided LP. Titled The Beatles Christmas Album in the US. The album was compiled from original flexidisc releases as the masters for all of the original releases had been lost.

Track list

Side A

  1. 1963
  2. 1964
  3. 1965
  4. 1966

Side B

  1. 1967
  2. 1968
  3. 1969

Release history

  • Apple LYN2153/LYN2154 (UK), released 1970
  • Apple SBC100 (US), released 1970

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