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THE BEATLES FAN CLUB SINGLES

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Every year from 1963 to 1969 the Beatles recorded and released a Christmas single on flexi discs to be mailed free to members of their UK fan club. These singles have now been collected and reissued on vinyl in a singles boxed set by Universal Music, The Christmas Records. All seven are now in a different color of vinyl, from green to orange, and other than 1965, which is at 45rpm, the rest spin at 331/3rpm. As the liner notes in the 16-page booklet frankly state about the original flexi disc format: “This was not hi-fi.”

The first two Christmas fan club records are just the band talking, winging it one at a time, wishing everyone a “Happy Christmas” and having a good time. By 1965, John thanks everyone “for playing cards made of knickers,” and then proceeds to sing in a Scottish accent. A version of “Auld Lang Syne” by John, again this time singing in a grizzled seaman’s voice, follows. A breezy, out-of-tune version of “Yesterday,” with a last verse changed to “bless you all on Christmas day,” closes the 1965 version. At this point the band was together making these records, having a good time.
For the 1966 Fan Club Record, Paul indulged his passion for the English Music Hall and Vaudeville and worked up a loosely scripted production called “Pantomime,” which tells a story, there are no greetings from the band members on this one and speaking parts alternate with a couple of songs.

At the 1967 version, which pokes endless fun at the BBC’s stuffy broadcast standards and programming, is a fully assembled recording of “Christmas Time (Is Here Again).” The BBC send-ups are funny and fairly classic.
“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” and “Helter Skelter” from the The Beatles make appearances in the 1968 Christmas record, which is a mix of sound effects, such as applause, Paul playing guitar and singing, and John reading his poetry in a variety of accents.
The final record from 1969, mostly just John and Yoko, is more high jinx, all mixed into a fast-paced wash of sound containing twinkly music-box music, bits of acoustic guitar, and even orchestral moments of swaying violins.

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PAUL AT Mt SMART STADIUM, NEW ZEALAND

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Paul at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland-New Zealand – 16 December, 2017

Paul’s near three-hour marathon built momentum and atmosphere as the night drew in and the realisation grew that we would most likely never hear the co-writer of some of our most iconic songs deliver them live here again.
He walked out on stage at his One on One Tour at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, with no words, just a salute.
Paul launched into a note perfect A Hard Day’s Night that set the scene for the marathon gig to come.
He had rehearsed his kia ora and promised the crowd “some old songs, some new songs and some in between songs” and a good night.

SETLIST

A Hard Day’s Night
Junior’s Farm
Can’t Buy Me Love
Jet
All My Loving
Let Me Roll It
I’ve Got a Feeling
My Valentine
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
Maybe I’m Amazed
I’ve Just Seen a Face
In Spite of All the Danger
You Won’t See Me
Love Me Do
And I Love Her
Blackbird
Here Today
Queenie Eye
New
Lady Madonna
FourFiveSeconds
Eleanor Rigby
I Wanna Be Your Man
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Something
A Day in the Life/
Give Peace a Chance/outro)
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Band on the Run
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Let It Be
Live and Let Die
Hey Jude

Encore:
Yesterday
Birthday
Mull of Kintyre
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
Helter Skelter
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End

Wryly, he said they could tell when the audience liked a tune because the phones were out “like a galaxy of stars” for the old Beatles hits and it was “like a black hole” for the rest, “but we don’t care”. He did really: an early mix of songs which included the first demo track from the Beatles’ forerunner The Quarrymen, all the way up to McCartney’s recent collaboration with Rihanna and Kanye West, FourFiveSeconds​, gave way as the night went on to a heavily Beatles-oriented list – and some cracking yarns. The near-capacity crowd – a relief, given suggestions of slow early ticket sales – which included Peter Jackson and Neil Finn brought a genuine enthusiasm which seemed to give McCartney renewed energy in a cracking final hour.

Highlights included an acoustic Blackbird, a highly charged Back in the USSR, the flamboyant fireworks, flamethrowers and lasers that accompanied Live and Let Die and a set-closing Hey Jude that had the entire crowd singing along. Paul bounced back out for an equally-generous encore that included Yesterday, a live pipe band that transformed Mull of Kintyre into something quite moving,and then closed with The End of the Abbey Road alb.

End of the show…

 

HAPPY CHRISTMAS BEATLE PEOPLE!

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HAPPY XMAS BEATLE PEOPLE!

OUT IN STORES TODAY!
The Beatles’ Festive Fan Club Holiday Recordings are OUT TODAY!
Never released beyond the fan club until now, The Beatles’ seven holiday messages have been newly pressed on a rainbow of seven-inch colored vinyl singles for The Christmas Records box set.The Beatles’ annual holiday tradition of recording jolly Christmas messages for fan club members was an important part of the band’s relationship with their most ardent supporters, affectionately referred to by them as “Beatle People.”
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PAUL BOARDS HIS PRIVATE JET AT NAPIER AIRPORT AFTER SPENDING A COUPLE OF DAYS IN HAWKE’S BAY

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Paul has spent the past two days in Hawke’s Bay, and is now getting ready for his Auckland show.
Photographers caught him boarding his private jet at Hawke’s Bay Airport today (Friday afternoon), en route to his one-off gig at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday night.

Paul arrived by private jet on Wednesday night, and it is understood he spend his time at the exclusive Cape Kidnappers lodge.

Paul boards his private jet at Napier Airport after spending a couple of days in Hawke’s Bay before an Auckland concert on Saturday night.

Anticipation for Paul’s one off New Zealand gig is high among fans, frontier Touring’s NZ manager Brent Eccles said sales were “going really well”.
Paul’s performances in Australia has already received glowing reviews.
He played, on average, two-and-a-half hour sets on his One on One World tour, with many of the 30-plus songs coming from his Beatles back catalogue.
In Perth, he even helped a couple get engaged during his show.
He has also reportedly banned meat products from his New Zealand show.
Paul requested only meat-free food be served at Mt Smart. The 75-year-old tours with his own catering team, serving only vegan and vegetarian food to anyone working on his concerts.
Paul plays Mt Smart Stadium on December 16. Tickets available H E R E.