2030 The Beatles’ Seventh Christmas Record – The Beatles (1969)

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The Beatles’ Seventh Christmas Record.

This spoken word record was written by The Beatles in 1969. It was recorded by The Beatles in 1969 and was produced by Kenny Everett. The recordings were made in various locations in England including Ascot, Weybridge, St. John’s Wood and the Apple Studios. The recording was released as a 7″ flexi disc on the Lyntone label and was only available to members of The Beatles’ fan club. The front cover uses a photograph taken by Ringo Starr while the back cover uses drawings by his son Zak Starkey. Zak Starkey can also be heard at the beginning of the recording. The back cover mentions the Plastic Ono Band’s’ 1969 single Give Peace A Chance. The recording is largely made up of interviews, comedy skits, and songs recorded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono at Tittenhurst Park in Ascot. The recording includes a snippet of The Beatles’ 1969 song The End and an a cappella version of Good King Wenceslas performed by John Lennon. The recording also includes extracts from the original songs Good Evening To You Gentlemen (sung by Ringo Starr), This Is To Wish You A Merry, Merry Christmas (sung by Paul McCartney) and Merry Christmas (sung by John Lennon and Yoko Ono). The recording also includes instrumental versions of The First Noel and While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks recorded by unidentified performers.The Beatles’ Seventh Christmas Record was the last recording released by The Beatles’ during the 1960s.

1014 The Beatles Christmas Record – The Beatles (1963)

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The Beatles Christmas Record.

This spoken word message was written by Tony Barrow and was recorded by The Beatles in 1963. It was recorded at EMI Studios and produced by Tony Barrow. It was released as a 7″ flexi disc on the Lyntone label in 1963. It was only available to members of The Beatles’ fan club. The disc features renditions of Good King Wenceslas, God Save The Queen and Rudolph The Red-Nosed Ringo as well as a few notes of From Me To You. An edited version was released in America in 1964.

0030 Good King Wenceslas – Neale/Helmore (1853)

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John Mason Neale.

This Christmas carol was written in 1853 by English hymnwriter John Mason Neale and Thomas Helmore. The tune was based on a 13th century Finnish spring carol Tempus Adest Floridum (The time is near for flowering). The song was sung by The Beatles several times on their 1963 flexi disc The Beatles’ Christmas Record including a mock German version, a comical version with changed lyrics and a slow Jazz version by Ringo. It was also sung by John Lennon on the 1969 flexi disc The Beatles’ Seventh Christmas Record: Happy Christmas 1969.

Now Hear This: The Beatles’ Christmas Record – The Beatles (1963)
The Beatles’ Seventh Christmas Record: Happy Christmas 1969 – The Beatles (1969)