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The Beatles to Release a Limited Edition Box Set of Christmas Material
The Beatles, "The Christmas Records" box set
The Beatles announced today (Nov. 2) that on Dec. 15, just in time for the holidays, they will be releasing a limited-edition box set of their Christmas holiday messages, originally given only to fan club members on flexi-discs from 1963 to 1969.
The limited edition set will include seven 7-inch colored vinyl singles, one for each of the seven messages. The Christmas records have never been given general release as a set before, though one was made available as part of The Beatles Rock Band video game.
The seven holiday messages were titled The Beatles Christmas Record (1963), Another Beatles Christmas Record (1964), The Beatles Third Christmas Record (1965), Pantomime -- Everywhere It's Christmas (1966), Christmas Time (Is Here Again) (1967), The Beatles Sixth Christmas Record (1968), which includes a guest appearance by Tiny Tim singing the Beatles song “Nowhere Man,” and The Beatles Seventh Christmas Record (1969).
The first five take up only one side of each separate disc, while the last two are double-sided. Each single will include a sleeve with the original artwork from the fan club discs. The box will also have an added 16-page booklet with recording notes and reproductions of the fan club newsletters that was sent to fans with the original discs.
Also on Dec. 15, the Beatles will continue their celebration of the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with three more releases -- a high-res audio version (90kHZ/24 bit) of the deluxe edition of the album from earlier in the year, along with two vinyl discs. The hi-res tracks package will feature the 2017 stereo mix as produced by Giles Martin, plus 18 added tracks with complete alternate takes, an instrumental mix of “Penny Lane” and two alternate takes of “Strawberry Fields Forever.” The two vinyl versions will feature a 180-gram black vinyl album and a limited vinyl picture disc.
The Beatles previously announced that the Ron Howard-Beatles film The Beatle
s: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years will premiere Nov. 25 on
PBS. The documentary, which has won both Emmy and Grammy Awards,
follows The Beatles in concert from their earliest days to the final
show at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966 and was previously
shown on Hulu. The broadcast will be followed by the encore broadcast
of Sgt. Pepper’s Musical Revolution, hosted by Howard Goodall, which looks at the creation of the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Check your local schedule for exact times.
Additionally, The Beatles Channel on SiriusXM will also present a special Eight Days a Week episode of their The Fab Fourum series hosted by Dennis Elsas and Bill Flanagan from 9 to 11 p.m. ET Nov. 15, before the PBS airing of the film.