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"The Beatles' Christmas Album"
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Beginning in 1963, the Beatles started a holiday tradition of recording Christmas messages for their fans. The recordings were edited and issued on flexi-discs through the Official Beatles Fan Club in England. The records were not available for sale, but were distributed free to fan club members.
In 1964, Beatles (U.S.A.) Ltd., the official national Beatles fan club in the United States, began sending the annual Christmas records to its members.
This tradition continued through 1969, although the last two Christmas records were not group efforts, but rather were a series of separately recorded messages from each of the Beatles.


Notice* Click the label of each album, so you can see the large picture image.

#1 The Beatles' Christmas Album (Fan Club Members Only: SBC-100)
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TITLE THE BEATLES' CHRISTMAS ALBUM
CATALOG NUMBER SBC-100
RELEASE DATE Spring of 1971 /Not For Sale: Fan Club Members Only
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
DEC. 1963 (5:00) DEC. 1967 (6:10)
DEC. 1964 (4:05) DEC. 1968 (7:55)
DEC. 1965 (6:26)
DEC. 1969 (7:42) 
DEC. 1966 (6:40)  
FRONT --> Click! BACK --> Click! SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click! DISK
sleeve sleeve label label label
INNER SLEEVE
FRONT COVER CLOSE UP BACK COVER CLOSE UP
sleeve cover-up The American version was packaged in a blue background cover. The front side has five rows and five columns of cubes that have black and white pictures of the Beatles.
sleeve On the back cover, The Official Beatles Fan Club P.O. Box address and designer's name were printed.
BACK COVER CLOSE UP
sleeve The upper half of the back cover has black and white images of the front covers to the 1964 through 1969 U.K. Christmas flexi-discs and "THE BEATLES" in uppercase black letters outlined in white.
The lower half has "CHRISTMAS ALBUM" in large uppercase white letters and black text in the lower left corner. Album design is credited to "GROCK IT!" and photo creations to Robert Bauman.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label label Both sides have the track selections and running times below the spindle hole.
LABEL CLOSE UP
labelCatalogue number "SBC 100" was printed at the left side of the spindle hole.
label label The records were pressed with standard Apple labels that have Apple perimeter print on SIDE-1.
LABEL CLOSE UP
label "NOT FOR SALE" and "All rights" information appears in the lower part of the apples on each side.
OTHER ITEM
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LABEL Apple label
MIX MONO
VINYL COLOR BLACK
PRESS FACTORY
Capitol's Whinchester factory
MATRIX No. SIDE 1 SBC-1-100A.!. (hand etched)  BellSounds logo (machine stamped)   sf   ─◁(hand etched)
SIDE 2 SBC-2-100B.!.  (hand etched)  BellSounds logo (machine stamped)   sf   ─◁(hand etched)
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME Apple Records, Inc.
RECORDING PUBLISHED CREDIT Copyright 1970
COVER FORM Single type. Housed in a cardboard jacket.
INNER SLEEVE Plain White sleeve
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Album Design: GROK IT! / Photo Creations: Robert Bauman
PRODUCER Official Beatles Fan Club
COMMENTS
On December 18 1970, The Beatles Fan Club still existed although the Beatles had officially announced the break up of the band earlier in the year. Since recording activity had halted for the group as a collective unit, there would be no chance of a new Christmas flexi being prepared. Therefore, The Beatles Fan Club released a 12 inch vinyl compilation mailed out to it's members entitled "From Then To You" in LP form. The catalogue number for this LP is LYN 2153/54. "From Then To You" was only released in the United Kingdom.
In the U.S, the seven messages were issued as "The Beatles' Christmas Album" sent out by the fan-club around springtime 1971. It was the first time the 1964 and 1965 messages had been made available in the U.S.

The American version was packaged in a blue background cover. The front side has five rows and five columns of cubes that have black and white pictures of the Beatles.
The rows feature, from top to bottom, John, Paul, Geoge, and Ringo and the entire group. Moving left to right, the columns feature pictures are from 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 and 1970.
The rower right cube does not have a 1970 picture of the band as no group pictures were taken in 1970. Instead, the cube has "THE BEATLES CHRISTMAS ALBUM" in uppercase letters.
The upper half of the back cover has black and white images of the front covers to the 1964 through 1969 U.K. Christmas flexi-discs and "THE BEATLES" in uppercase black letters outlined in white.
The lower half has "CHRISTMAS ALBUM" in large uppercase white letters and black text in the lower left corner. Album design is credited to "GROCK IT!" and photo creations to Robert Bauman.

The records were pressed with standard Apple labels that have Apple perimeter print on SIDE-1. Both sides have the track selections and running times below the spindle hole.
"NOT FOR SALE" and "All rights" information appears in the lower part of the apples on each side.
The trail off areas contain the Bell Sound logo, the initials "sf" and a hand drawn Winchester logo, indicating that the record was masterd by Sam Feldman at Bell Sound and manufactured by Capitol's Whinchester factory.



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