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The Beatles Fifth Christmas Record, Lyntone LYN 1360.

Published March 26th, 2012

The fifth Beatles Christmas record “Christmas Time is Here Again!” was issued by Official Beatles Fan Club in December 15, 1967. An elaborate production, “Christmas Time is Here Again!” was developed around the concept of several groups auditioning for a BBC radio show. The title song serves as a refrain throughout the record. The Beatles portray a multitude of characters, including game show contestants, aspiring musicians (“Plenty of Jam Jars”, by the Ravellers), and actors in a radio drama (“Theatre Hour”). At the end John reads a poem, “When Christmas Time Is Over”. This offering was likely a deliberate homage to continuation of the broadly similar “Craig Torso” specials produced for BBC Radio 1 that same year by the Beatles’ friends and collaborators the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, and also shares much in common with their then-unreleased track “You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)”, recorded six months previously.

The disc was packaged in cardboard sleeve. The sleeve was designed by Julian Lennon, John Lennon and Ringo Starr.

The record was packaged with the National Newsletter for Christmas 1967, which features Bob Gibson’s drawing of the group.

The flexi-disc has red print on a white label. The record has a running time of 6:06 and plays at 33 1/3-rpm. Matrix number LYN 1360-1L.

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