Beatles 1968 Fan Club Christmas Flexi-disc

The Bea­t­les 1968 Fan Club Christ­mas Flexi-disc

Recorded in Novem­ber 1968 at the Lon­don homes of John Lennon and Paul McCart­ney, and in the back of Ringo’s diesel-powered removal van, some­where in Sur­rey. The voice of George har­ri­son is heard because the G.P.O. did some­thing right and joined up 6,000 miles of tele­phone links at an appro­pri­ate moment. It was note­wor­thy for being the first Bea­t­les Christ­mas fan club disc the boys 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 George Har­ri­son intro­duc­ing a bizarre lit­tle ren­di­tion of “Nowhere Man” by the ukulele-playing Tiny Tim. Also included is a sped-up snip­pet of the Bea­t­les’ own “Hel­ter Skel­ter” and a brief snip­pet of “Baroque Hoe­down” which was used three years later in Disneyland’s Main Street Elec­tri­cal Parade. (Finally, the US fans got a flexi-disc for Christ­mas in 1968, but it came in a mod­i­fied ver­sion of the 1967 UK sleeve.)

The 1968 Christ­mas record­ing was unique because unlike pre­vi­ous fan club record­ings the flexi disk was double-sided. And while all of the 1963 through 1967 flexi’s had paper record labels, the 1968 disks had the infor­ma­tion printed right on the black flexi disk with white ink.


Of note the 1968 Christ­mas record­ing was also unique because unlike pre­vi­ous fan club record­ings the flexi disk was double-sided. While all of the 1963 through 1967 flexi’s had paper record labels, the 1968 disks had the infor­ma­tion printed right on the black flexi disk with white ink.