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#01. Free As A Bird / Christmas Time (Is Here Again) (TCR 6422)
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#1-1 Free As A Bird / Christmas Time (Is Here Again) (1st. Issue: TCR 6422)
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CATALOG NUMBER TCR 6422 / 7243 8 82587 4 6
RELEASE DATE
4th December 1995 / First Issue
TRACK LISTING SIDE 1 SIDE 2
Free As A Bird
Free As A Bird
Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
CASSETTE CASE
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TAPE

CASE FRONT CASE BACK SIDE 1 --> Click! SIDE 2 --> Click!
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The cassette cases were clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.
Shell is black with silver on-body printing. The window is flat with tape counters below.
INLAY

INLAY: FRONT INLAY: INSIDE
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Issued in a standard case with a single-sided fold-out j-card inlay.
Printed in U.K.

INLAY: FRONT CLOSE UP
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"Plays the same both sides" on inlay.
U.K. catalogue number "TCR 6422" was printed on the inlay.
apple logomark was printed on the spine.
INLAY: FRONT CLOSE UP
sleeve Free As A Bird:
Based on a 1977 demo recorded by John Lennon in New York, ‘Free As A Bird’ was completed by the other three Beatles 17 years later and released as the lead single from the Anthology project.
INLAY: INSIDE CLOSE UP
sleeve Credit:
Drawing by John Lennon © 1995 Bag One Arts, Inc.
Design / Art Direction  Richard Ward / The Team
Sleeve Note  Mark Lewisohn
LABEL CLOSE UP
SIDE 1 SIDE 2
"Made in UK", "bel BIEM" logo, and Apple logomark were printed on the shell.

Recorded in Dolby.
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SIDE 1 SIDE 2
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 A1 & B1 originally recorded circa 1977 in New York by John Lennon. Beatles overdubs recorded February / March 1994 in England.   A2 & B2 music recorded 28 November, 1967 at EMI Studios, London. Greetings recorded 6 December, 1966 at EMI Studios, London.
Side 2 repeats Side 1.
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LABEL Shell is black with silver on-body printing.
MIX STEREO
RECORD COMPANY'S NAME Apple Corps Ltd. Under exclusive licence to EMI Records Ltd.
CENTRAL REMARK
"SOLD IN U.K."
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RECORDING  PUBLISHED CREDIT Ⓟ1995
COVER FORM "white" inlay (Foldover)
CASSETTE CASE
"Norelco" cases: clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.
PRINTER CREDIT Made in UK / Printed in U.K.
COVER DESIGN/ PHOTO/ NOTES Drawing by John Lennon © 1995 Bag One Arts, Inc.
Design / Art Direction  Richard Ward / The Team
Sleeve Note  Mark Lewisohn
PRODUCER Free As A Bird: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Jeff Lynne.
Christmas Time (Is Here Again): George Martin
COMMENTS "Free as a Bird" is a single released in December 1995 by English rock band the Beatles. The song was originally written and recorded in 1977 as a home demo by John Lennon. In 1995, 25 years after their break-up and 15 years after Lennon's murder, his then surviving bandmates Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr released a studio version incorporating the demo. The single was released as part of the promotion for The Beatles Anthology video documentary and the Anthology 1 compilation album. For the Anthology project, McCartney asked Lennon's widow Yoko Ono for unreleased material by Lennon to which the three remaining ex-Beatles could contribute. "Free as a Bird" was one of three such songs (along with "Real Love" and, decades later, "Now and Then") for which McCartney, Harrison, and Starr contributed additional instrumentation, vocals, and arrangements. Jeff Lynne, who had worked with Harrison on Harrison's album Cloud Nine and as part of the Traveling Wilburys, co-produced.

The Beatles’ single ‘Free As A Bird’ was released in the United Kingdom on 4 December 1995.

The song had been public knowledge since 10 May, when ABC TV held a press conference in California to announce the Anthology project.
The song received its world premiere on BBC Radio 1 shortly after 4am on Monday 20 November 1995. The Anthology 1 album was released the following day, with ‘Free As A Bird’ its opening song.
The single was released in the UK on 4 December 1995 on 7″ vinyl, cassette, and compact disc. It sold 120,000 copies in its first week.

The picture cover features line drawings by Lennon on the front.
The rear of the inlay follows the design theme of the Anthology albums.

The cassette cases were clear plastic at the front and around the spine area, and black plastic at the rear.
Shell is black with silver on-body printing. The window is flat with tape counters below.
Issued in a standard case with a single-sided fold-out j-card inlay.
Printed in U.K.
"Plays the same both sides" on inlay.



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