The cover of the final Christmas Message reflects the splintering of the band, and there are moments of genuine poignancy in this last holiday greeting to fan club members.
Here is the actual cover to the Beatles 1968 Christmas Message single. As the band begins to fracture, their contributions are individual and cut together, but the result is truly original. PLUS, this message features the ultra-rare sound of Tiny Tim singing Nowhere Man. A must hear.
The actual cover to the Beatles 1967 Christmas Message as sent to the members of their fan club. The messages are now increasingly reflecting the Beatles experimentation with the audio medium.
Things start to get a little bit wonky in 1965, but by next year it’s going to be full-on radio theater.
The Fab Four are still young and cheeky on this 1964 holiday message. Next year will prove the transitional message before they expand into surrealism and collage.
I first heard these incredible documents called the Christmas Messages back in my teens. I’m sure anybody who has clicked on this already knows that the Fab Four recorded special vinyl 45s distributed only to their fan club members each Christmas. They start out as simple, cheeky and pre-packaged and end up as experimental soundscapes that show the artistic progression of the Beatles in a very different way than their music did. I’ll be posting all seven messages over the holiday season. Here’s the first:
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