Sunday, October 5, 2008

Beatles Third Christmas Record, The by The Beatles – ****

First released: 1965

This is my favorite of the first three essentially similar Beatles Christmas recordings, in which the four seemingly adlib in front of a mike. The fact that The Beatles were willing to parody themselves with an off-key rendition of "Yesterday" was and is priceless. Most other music groups wouldn’t have done that, but that self-deprecating attitude is one of the reasons I became a Beatles fan in the first place. It is also from the still unreleased to CD "The Beatles Christmas Album" from 1970.

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