30 Days Out (From Christmas): The Beatles
REPOST: Another popular Christmas post from the past, now with updated links and extra tracks!
From 1963 to 1969 the Beatles gave members of their official fan club a special gift at Christmas: a record unavailable elsewhere. As the years went by, the messages got more avant-garde, druggy and downright strange. The 1967 disc was titled “Christmas Time (Is Here Again)” and extracts from a song of that name were scattered among short sketches. In 1995, Capitol Records issued an uninterrupted edit of the song as the B-side of “Free As A Bird.” Superimposed near the end are some spoken-word seasonal greetings, taped in 1966, followed by a John Lennon pastiche. We have also enclosed the Beatles’ Christmas messages from 1968 and 1969 – they were all compiled on an album and given as a final gift to fan club members in 1970. Today, the album is a rare collector’s item.