THE BEATLES Christmas Album (1970)

The Beatles Christmas Album (1970)
The Last Beatles Album

FROM 2011: I had just joined The Beatles Fan Club in early 1970 when, one day out of the blue, this arrived at my doorstep. No notice… it just showed up free of charge. Being new, I was clueless about the yearly Christmas messages they sent out, in the form of flexi-discs, and, unless I’m mistaken, the Official Fan Club dissolved not long after I got this (or maybe I just stopped paying dues after the band split by mid-70). But The Beatles Christmas Album, which I kept for decades before finally cashing it in, is all I remember about the whole fan club experience. Of course, these days the title has been bootlegged and expanded, and is now gettable as a padded 2CD download, which tends to show up around this time of year. This, however, is the original… and it contains at least a couple of hidden gems. “1967” is a lost slab of pure Beatles psychedelia – with a catchy dirge, “Christmas Time (Is Here Again)” – alongside some stoned shenanigans. A fun, repeat-listen track that’s often forgotten, since most people only remember the Christmas Album as little more than the boys reading those dumb ‘thanks for buying our albums’ scripts year after year. But, do not miss “1968,” featuring John Lennon’s bitter tirade (disguised as a nursery rhyme) about the newly drawn line-in-the-sand between “two balloons called Jock and Yono” and his “beast friends.” The tension, and Lennon’s pointedness, is astounding, and you’ll quickly hear why The Beatles recorded their parts separately that year (for the first time). George introduces Tiny Tim to sing “Nowhere Man.” Jeez… even George was gettin’ pissy. By “1969,” Jock had chilled, and he and Yono submitted a typically meandering, but fun musical performance piece. Cherry-picking The BCA yields some fun results. Click the grey boxes at the top (or the Beatles’ names at the bottom) for tons more from The Fabs. You can find The Beatles Christmas Album at Amazon (HERE), but it’s hard to know if it’s legit or not, since Amazon openly sells bootlegs of this album, too.

1963 (5:03)
1964 (4:01)
1965 (6:25)
1966 (6:41)
1967 (6:12)
1968 (7:55)
1969 (7:45)

18 Comments

  • Willard
    June 20, 2011 - 11:26 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • boboquisp
    December 24, 2012 - 20:16 | Permalink

    Thank you for this Beatles post.
    Happy Christmas & Merry New Year!
    bbq

    • Willard
      December 24, 2012 - 21:50 | Permalink

      Same to you bobo, thanks.

  • thkbeercan
    December 26, 2012 - 11:58 | Permalink

    Thank you, Willard, for all your dedication.
    A very Merry Christmas to you…and a Happy New Year!

  • keef
    January 18, 2013 - 12:09 | Permalink

    I had this sent to me by the Beatles fan club back in 1970…I also had the 67, 68, 69 flexidiscs, alas all long gone….
    Thanks.

  • KDNYfm
    December 6, 2013 - 19:09 | Permalink

    Whilst searching for Ringo’s Christmas album, I thought to mice elf, self you shud go to Willards! So here I find the Beatles Christmas album…it’ll have to do fernow!
    Thanx W!

  • furrball
    December 25, 2015 - 06:57 | Permalink

    Fun bit of trivia for you: George Martin produced all but the last two messages, which were pieced together by one Maurice Coles…aka Kenny Everett!

  • Visions
    December 25, 2015 - 09:20 | Permalink

    Nice to see that little NGOOTB reference on Soundcloud. The Boat sails on.

    • Willard
      December 25, 2015 - 09:28 | Permalink

      Yeah, the original address is a fashion site these days.

      • Visions
        December 25, 2015 - 13:12 | Permalink

        It was always fashionable, Willard. Merry Christmas! I was just out driving my convertible with the top down. In Boston.

  • aking
    December 25, 2015 - 17:08 | Permalink

    Thank you, and Merry Christmas.

  • Art Ducko
    December 25, 2015 - 22:46 | Permalink

    Another classic Beatles post. Merry Crimble, bud.

    • Willard
      December 26, 2015 - 00:19 | Permalink

      Same to you, Ducky.

  • Nick
    December 26, 2015 - 05:05 | Permalink

    Thanks!
    Have a great new year

  • December 26, 2015 - 20:15 | Permalink

    The 1967 one IS Christmas for me! …just wouldn’t be the same without it. Thanks, Willard!

  • mufdivr
    December 27, 2015 - 16:57 | Permalink

    This is a nice gift for my favorite Beatles fan. Thanks, Captain Willard!

  • 25BBeatle
    December 31, 2015 - 23:30 | Permalink

    First bootleg I purchased … white cover and no title. Someone had taped a note to the cover saying it was The Beatles Christmas. I had the 1964 Flexi-disc (still do!) and expected the LP to be more of those shenanigans … imagine my surprise and delight to hear the yearly development and sadness of the eventual deterioration of the band. My buddies and I memorized the skits and we still repeat segments today. Great post Captain. Thank you :-)

    • Ace K
      January 1, 2016 - 17:04 | Permalink

      Wasn’t the first bootleg for me, but it was one of the first five definitely. It all has to start somewhere, folks, and once you realize there is this whole other side of the music world, it’s hard to cross back over. Thanks for the Xmas memories.

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