December 1: The Beatles Christmas record, 1963

Let’s start at the very beginning, as D:Ream once said. The thing is, you have to like the Beatles A LOT to enjoy their Christmas EPs, released every year between 1963 and 1969, because they are only really interesting anthropologically, and only then if you are a Beatles fan, although it is always cheering to remember how funny they were, at least while they were still all friends, which in 1963 they were. There isn’t a great deal to recommend this musically, though, which is why every time I have to share what is essentially five minutes of rambling with you, I am going to balance it out with an alternative that is either less Christmassy or less Beatles-y, but never both and always good. Welcome to advent 2016, which has to recommend it that by the time it ends it will nearly be 2017, and as Julie Andrews once said, things can only get better.

And here’s your less festive alternative:



3 thoughts on “December 1: The Beatles Christmas record, 1963

  1. Thank you. In 1963 I was a 6yo Beatles fan living across the Mersey from Liverpool, so I expect I’ve heard the Christmas records before, although I don’t remember them. Maybe the grown-ups who bought Beatles records for me considered them too daft.

    I’m sorry to hear about your friend.

  2. Peter Morgan

    Hi Laura – Some ideas for “Beatles Christmas songs”

    Beatles Wassail album (selected tracks) I Don’t Want to Spoil the Pear-tree I Don’t Want to Spoil the Partridge I’m a Boozer Lovely Litre Don’t Pass Me Pie Snow White album (selected tracks) Socky Raccoon Socksy Sadie Everybody’s Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Turkey Snow-Wear Man Norwegian Fire Wood

    and, getting a bit more real

    Little Child Baby, It’s Yule Please Mr Postman (or Saxman) Money (That’s What I Want) Come Together

    Dad xx

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