With 1967‘s “Christmastime Is Here Again!” the Beatles had fun with playing different characters in a scripted concept album for the holidays.
So this is Christmas... or at least the holiday season is in full swing now that Thanksgiving has passed us right on by. You can see signs of the holiday everywhere you go and hear the classic tunes on many stations of the radio. Many songs by former Beatles have become staples of the season, but there are even some Christmas albums which were released by the Beatles that are lesser known. Do you have all of this music on your season’s greetings playlist?
In 1963, the Beatles released a record for the holidays to their fan clubs in the United Kingdom; fans in the United States would have to wait a year to receive an edited version of the record as their Christmas gift from the fan club in 1964. The record included a personal holiday message from each Beatle, their rendition of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Ringo,” and several versions of “Good King Wenceslas.”
The band released Another Beatles Christmas Album to UK fans in 1964 while US fans received the album mentioned previously. Another Beatles Christmas Album included “Jingle Bells,” amusing person messages, and “Oh Can You Wash Your Father’s Shirt.”
In subsequence recording for fans at the holidays, they recorded “Happy Christmas to Ya List'nas", “Everywhere It's Christmas," and "Auld Lang Syne." They even had an original poem that was told with "Christmas Comes But Once a Year."
With 1967‘s “Christmastime Is Here Again!” the Beatles had fun with playing different characters in a scripted concept album for the holidays. Then, in 1968, they released a Christmas recorded where the Beatles recording their own parts separately, rather than as a group, and it included messages and music alike. Their seventh and final Christmas record in 1969 included parts recorded individually be each Beatle as well, as the band was breaking up at the time.
Later releases include a compilation LP after the band broke up, but fans are now still clamoring for a proper release of these rare Christmas recordings. Keep a look out for these valuables to add some extra Beatles fun to your playlist. Until then simply have a wonderful Christmas time and play the standards from John, Paul, George, and Ringo that they released after their Beatles years.