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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.
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.
The seventh Beatles Christmas recordwas issued by Official Beatles Fan Club in December 19, 1969. The final Beatles Christmas offering was also recorded separately, as the band had effectively split by this point. It features an extensive visit with John and Yoko at their Tittenhurst Park estate, where they play “what will Santa bring me?” games. Harrison only appears briefly, and Starr only shows up to plug his recent film, The Magic Christian. Paul sings his original ad-lib, “This is to Wish You a Merry, Merry Christmas.” Starting at 1:30, at the tail-end of Ringo’s song, the guitar solos from “The End” are heard, followed by Yoko interviewing John.
The disc was packaged in cardboard sleeve disigned by a Beatle. Sleeve was printed and made by West Brothers-Printers-Limited. Credited to Richard Starkey and Zak Starkey, the Ringo and son collaboration has colorful swirling images on its festive from side and a back and white drawing of people and a flowered tree on the back.
For the second year in row, the length of the Christmas messages (7:39) necessitated that the recording be pressed on both sides of the flexi-disc. The disc has text printed in silver on Side 1. Matrix numbers: Side 1; LYN 1970-1L; Side 2: LYN 1971-1L.