Christmas from 1963 through 1969, The Official Beatles Fan Club sent free 7 inch Christmas records to their fan club members, which contained skits, messages and brief songs which were otherwise unavailable. The disks were flexi's made by the Lyntone company, and each of them came in special picture sleeve.
These special records were never available for sale in stores.
At the end of 1963, the Fan Club was unprepared for the tons of extra subscriptions it received, so in addition to the multiple thousands of Christmas disks it mailed out in December, they also made a complete extra run of the flexi-disks without the sleeves (to save time), mailing them out early February 1964 with a letter of apology and an explanation from the Club. The total of 1963 Christmas disks made, both with and without sleeves, was just over 30,000 copies.
|TITLE||"FROM THEN TO YOU" THE BEATLES CHRISTMAS RECORD, 1970|
|CATALOG NUMBER||LYN. 2153 / 2154|
|RELEASE DATE||18th December.1970/Not For Sale: Fan Club Members Only|
|TRACK LISTING||SIDE 1||SIDE 2|
|1963 (The beatles Christmas record)||1967
(Christmas Time Is Here Again)
|1964 (Another Beatles Christmas record)||1968 (Christmas 1968)|
(The Beatles Third Christmas Record)
||1969 (Happy Christmas 1969)|
|1966 (Pantomime Everywhere It's Christmas)|
|FRONT --> Click!||BACK --> Click!||SIDE 1 --> Click!||SIDE 2 --> Click!||DISK|
|INNER SLEEVE||FRONT & BACK COVER CLOSE UP||BACK COVER CLOSE UP|
front cover is a white background with the LP title written in black
above the 1963 UK X'mas flexi front cover. The back cover have the
remaining six front covers of the flexis.
||On the back cover, The Official Beatles Fan Club address and designer's name were printed.|
|BACK COVER CLOSE UP|
|On the back cover, printer's name "West Brothers" was printed.|
|LABEL CLOSE UP|
|Label have "An E.M.I. Recording" text on two lines and small "33 1/3"|
|LABEL CLOSE UP|
|SIDE 1||SIDE 1||SIDE 2|
|"Recordings first published: 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969 The Official Beatles Fan Club" was printed at the bottom of the label.||The discs have Lyntone matrix numbers LYN. 2153 and LYN. 2154 on the each label.||Matrix No. is
Side-1: LYN 2154
Side-2: LYN 2153
|LABEL||Apple label Type-4|
|MATRIX No.||SIDE 1||LYN 2154|
|SIDE 2||LYN 2153|
|RECORD COMPANY'S NAME||Apple Records|
"SOLD IN U.K..."
|RECORDING PUBLISHED CREDIT||Recordings first published: 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969|
|COVER FORM||Single type. Housed in a front laminated|
|PRINTER CREDIT||Printed in England by West Brothers - Printers - Ltd, London, SW19|
|COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES||Cover Artwork: Joint Effort|
|INNER SLEEVE||Apple black sleeve|
|PRODUCER||Official Beatles Fan Club|
|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.
The front cover consists of a white background with the LP title written in black above a the 1963 UK Christmas flexi front cover. The back of the cover is also a white background with the remaining six front covers of the Fan Club Christmas flexis in black and white. Under the photos of the covers are the words: "The Beatles Fan Club Christmas Record 1970".
A copyright 1970 statement follows and the Beatles Fan Club Liverpool address is used.
The records were housed in standard white paper EMI or Apple Records inner sleeves.