The Beatles Third Christmas Record • Beatles fan-club disc • Sleeve notes

The Beatles’ Third Christmas Record – Sleeve notes

‘The Beatles’ Third Christmas Record’ UK fan-club disc – front cover
Front cover
‘The Beatles’ Third Christmas Record’ UK fan-club disc – back cover
Back cover
‘The Beatles’ Third Christmas Record’ UK fan-club disc – Lyntone record label
Record label
‘The Beatles’ Third Christmas Record’ UK fan-club disc – front of the newsletter, folded-out
Outside of newsletter, folded-out
‘The Beatles’ Third Christmas Record’ UK fan-club disc – back of the newsletter, folded-out
Inside of newsletter, folded-out

THE BEATLES THIRD CHRISTMAS RECORD was made immediately after The Beatles finished work on their latest album “Rubber Soul”. To complete those fourteen LP tracks John, Paul, George and Ringo spent a series of whole days and whole nights in the recording studio with George Martin. Never before have they given such concentrated and extended attention to the production of an album. The Beatles have always been perfectionists but on this occasion they spent a great deal of time creating an unusually wide range of different instrumental sounds. They set out to make “Rubber Soul” the most varied LP programme of their career and they succeeded in achieving this aim.

A special fan club record from John, Paul, George and Ringo for Christmas has become a tradition. At the same time the project remains unique in that The Beatles are the only group to make an annual gift of this kind to their truest fans. THE BEATLES THIRD CHRISTMAS RECORD cannot be bought in the shops. Copies are not available at any price to people who do not belong to The Official Beatles Fan Club Of Great Britain. That’s what makes the entire venture so intriguing. Just about everything else the four boys do – whether it is a concert tour, a recording session or a television show – becomes (more or less) public property. But these Christmas records remain personal and exclusive – collectors’ gems whose value to Beatle People will increase with each year that passes.

Incidentally, I wonder how many members recognise the setting of the picture to be seen on the front of this sleeve. It was in Granada’s Manchester television studios when the boys made their spectacular “The Music Of Lennon And McCartney”. A few seconds after the photograph was taken, The Beatles launched into the energetic performance of “Day Tripper” which closes the first part of the programme. On behalf of the boys, fan club secretary Anne Collingham writes umpteen ‘Thank You’ letters during the course of the year. I think it’s time someone said ‘Thank You’ to Anne and her hardworking staff of girls at Monmouth Street. There’s never a quiet moment at the club headquarters but Anne’s busy band love what they’re doing and even when things get particularly hectic you’ll always find them helpful if you drop in or telephone the office.

TONY BARROW


 
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