Yesterday we reported rumors of this and now it’s official, the Beatles announced they will be releasing a limited-edition box set of their classic Christmas holiday messages.
The limited edition set will include seven individual, 7-inch colored vinyl singles, one for each of the seven messages. The greetings were originally given only to fan club members on flexi-discs between 1963 and 1969 and have never been released as a set before, though one was made available as part of The Beatles Rock Band video game.
Billboard reported that the first five are one sided discs, while the last two are double-sided. Each single will include a sleeve with the original artwork from the fan club discs. And a 16-page booklet with recording notes and reproductions of the fan club newsletters will also be included.
The box set will be released on December 15.
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).
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 Beatles: 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.
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