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The Beatles Sixth Christmas Record, Lyntone LYN 1743/1744.

Published March 26th, 2012

The sixth Beatles Christmas record was issued by Official Beatles Fan Club in December 20, 1968. The first Beatles Christmas fan-club disc to be recorded separately, the 1968 offering is a collage of odd noises, musical snippets, and individual messages. McCartney’s song “Happy Christmas, Happy New Year” is featured, along with John’s poems “Jock and Yono” and “Once Upon a Pool Table”. Also notable is a rendition of “Nowhere Man” by the ululele-playing Tiny Tim. Also included is a sped-up snippet of the Beatles’ own “Helter Skelter” and a brief snippet of Perrey & Kingsley’s “Baroque Hoedown” which was used three years later in Disneyland’s “Main Street Electrical Parade”. “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” and “Birthday” are also heard in the background for part of the message.The dialogue and songs for the flexi-disc were organised and edited together by DJ and friend of the Beatles, Kenny Everett.

The disc was packaged in cardboard sleeve. The front features a psychedelic patterned drawing of a woman’s face and upper body. She truly appears to be a “girl with kaleidoscope eyes”.

The record was packaged with the Official Beatles Fan Club “Beatles Superpix” card, 1968.

Due to the 7:48 length of the recording, the Christmas message, for the first time, is spread on both sides of the flexi-disc. The disc has the text printed in silver directly on Side 1. Matrix numbers: Side 1; LYN 1743-1L; Side 2: LYN 1744-1L.

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