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The Beatles Christmas Album [Original recording reissued, Import]

3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Vinyl
  • Original Release Date: 1970
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Import
  • Label: Apple Records
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • ASIN: B0021LHOIM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,850 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2012 Vinyl Pressing/Import-Green Vinyl and Green Cover/most imports do not come sealed from the mfg. /this LP comes with an additional carboard cover and plastic sleeve to protect the cover and LP

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beatles' Christmas Album is a classic! September 6, 2008
Format:Audio CD
From 1963 to 1969, The Beatles were very busy creating a host of songs that forever changed the structure and landscape of the world of popular recorded music. Classic albums such as "A Hard Day's Night", "Help!", "Rubber Soul", Revolver", "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Bnad", "Magical Mystery Tour", "The Beatles" and "Abbey Road" all helped to shape music in new sound dimensions. For the holidays toward the end of each year, The Beatles recorded a series of unique flexi-discs containing specially-created Christmas messages that were distributed only to members of their fan club. Each of these recordings reflect what was going on within the group at the time. The 1963 and 1964 messages had the boys reading from a prepared script by Tony barrow. Even with this dialogue, their charm still shines through. For 1965, they decided to improvise their own material, which has an out-of-tune rendition of "Yesterday" as part of the proceedings. The discs for 1966 and 1967 are a series of cleverly pantomimed sketches, with a different recurring theme song for each one. By the time the 1968 and 1969 discs were issued, it was clear that the boys were going in different directions, as they had messages from the guys recorded seperately. After The Beatles break up in 1970, the fan club issued a long-playing album containing all 7 Christsmas messages together. This was later issued on CD, with the best sound quality available. It is a special Beatles album, one that belongs in every fan's CD library. Everywhere it's Christmas, especially when you've got "The Beatles' Christmas Album" as part of your holiday festivities!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your grandparents' Christmas album! December 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I didn't think this would be here, but here's my last-minute review.
This is a compilation of Christmas messages sent to fan club members from 1963-69 (released in the UK as "From Then to You"). Someone not wholly familiar may assume a Johnny Mathis/Kenny G affair, which is clearly not the case here. Just greetings, comedy sketches, John Lennon's nonsense vignettes, parodies of carols, clips of old carols, Tiny Tim (the ukulele king, apparently invited by George Harrison even before you hear the clip), and more. Yoko Ono, as we all expected, is on the 1969 track.
Since there are no plans for a true reissue, let's just say you're on your own right now! For true fans only.
I know Marillion have Christmas CDs that go to their fan club members with exclusive material, but they have more room to fill. The Beatles may have inspired them. No one else I know of has done such a thing since.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY FROM BOOTLEG RESELLERS October 16, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Buyer Beware - Do not purchase from the reseller NJCDHUNTER. The CD covers were printed on an inkjet printer, the front of the disc does not have any identifying information on it. It is just a scanned image applied to the disc. No title, no copyrights, etc. The tracks are all 2 seconds longer than what the product description says.

If it is under $30, it's probably a bootleg copy.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't put money in the pockets of bootleggers December 14, 2012
Format:Audio CD
As much as I want to give the album 5 stars (I own a legitimate original vinyl copy), this release has been counterfeited many times, and many CD bootlegs exist. There are no official editions other than the original vinyl from Christmas 1970, a compilation of all 7 annual fan club messages from 1963 to 1969, issued simultaneously in England and the US (the latter obtaining this material for the very first time via the album's fan club release). "Bonus" tracks are a clear indicator that this is a counterfeit/bootleg.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bootleg alert December 1, 2010
Format:Audio CD
this lp was never reissued seller says it is a reissue not possible never reissued thus it is either a very rare 1970 original which sells for over $300 if like new, or a bootleg copy worth about $25

I think its the $25 bootleg copy, thus buyer beware
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey! It's the Beatles. January 7, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
These tracks (not really that much music) are a must for Beatle fans like myself. You hear the excitement in their voices on their 1963 recording thanking their fans (FREIDA KELLY!) for their support and a plea to stop throwing jelly babies (beans) at them. I found that amusing since exactly 50 years ago Jack Paar who had a TV show on Friday nights showed a clip of the Beatles that his son Randy had told him about and brought up the candy tossing. This happened on the same night I heard I want to hold your hand/I saw her standing there on WINS-AM with Murray the K (the fifth Beatle, apologies to Billy Preston).
As the CD progresses you can hear the change and growth in their confidence and by 1969 it sounds as if they recorded their seasonal greetings separately. I've had the vinyl version for over 35 years and it has a scratch or two (not to mention a pop here & there) so the CD is a must.
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