Christmas Music Downloads From The Beatles And Belle & Sebastian

The Beatles Christmas Singles Club, 1963-1969

Aquarium Drunkard hosts a download of Beatles special holiday music, explaining

From 1963 to 1969 the Beatles issued limited edition Christmas fan-club singles on 7 inch flexi-discs. All very relaxed and off the cuff, it’s interesting to note how the cover art changed, along with the music, as the sixties rolled along.

The contents of all the volumes are given. The first Beatles Christmas Record, for example, was issued December 6, 1963 and included a rendition of “Good King Wenceslas” and the chorus from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

More details and the download link are at The Beatles :: Christmas Singles Club, 1963-1969

The Belle & Sebastian – John Peel Christmas Session

The following is from  the December 22, 2010 post,  Belle & Sebastian – John Peel Christmas Session

Because I may not know music, but I know what you should like

… and where to find it1

Belle & Sebastian’s Festive & Fun Sounds Of Christmas

You Ain’t No Picasso, a music blog I have long followed – much to my musical enrichment – and one I heartily recommend,2 is offering a Christmas treat that is a must-have for any but the most Grinch-emulating, Scrooge-admiring faction of the population.

No one familiar with Belle & Sebastian,3 the Scottish Indie more-than-twee band that captured critical acclaim throughout the 1990s but never quite made it to commercial superstar status, will be surprised by the musical quality or the mood and tone of their performance at John Peel’s December 18, 2002 Christmas show broadcast live over Radio 1 in London.

The set is primarily but not entirely holiday tunes, including outstanding covers of The Sonics’ “Santa Claus” and the Elvis Presley perennial, “Santa Bring My Baby Back To Me.”

Best of all, they play, chat, and, along with host John Peel, banter in a distinctly festive mode, as exemplified by their performance of The Twelve Days Of Christmas:

Belle & Sebastian – Twelve Days Of Christmas

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Track List

1 O Come, All Ye Faithful 2:30
2 Christmas Time is Here 1:41
3 Santa Claus 2:42
4 Step into My Office, Baby 4:08
5 Jonathan David 2:59
6 Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto 3:24
7 Photo Jenny 3:04
8 Silent Night 2:32
9 O Little Town of Bethlehem 3:52
10 Santa, Bring My Baby Back to Me 1:49
11 If You Find Yourself Caught in Love 3:31
12 The Boy with the Arab Strap 4:55
13 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel 3:28
14 Get Me Away from Here, I’m Dying 3:47
15 I Took Some Time for Christmas 2:49
16 The Twelve Days of Christmas 3:44

Download Belle & Sebastian’s Peel Christmas Party

The entire session is available as a Zip file (which is more convenient than if not as holiday-congruent as being wrapped in ribbons, bows, and fancy paper) at You Ain’t No Picasso – Belle & Sebastian’s Peel Christmas Party

  1. This post is part of the Heck Of A Guy Best Bootlegs Series. An explanation of this project is included in the first post in this category: Best Bootlegs: Otis Redding – A Soupçon Of Soul. []
  2. Matt Jordan, the guy responsible for You Ain’t No Picasso, not only exhibits good taste in music but also seems to be a genuinely decent and generous sort of fellow. He has informed his readers, “I’m going to be working all day on projects and final papers to make sure I graduate next week. So if you can send any positive thoughts, prayers or magical powers to Lexington, KY it would be greatly appreciated.” So this year, why not gather those good vibes you no longer need, the ones that don’t really fit any more but are still perfectly useful or the ones you bought for your own offspring who played with them for a few minutes but then discarded them without even a thank-you, and send them Matt’s way? []
  3. Heck Of A Guy Helpful Hint: To avoid embarrassment, don’t ask which band member is Belle and which is Sebastian. The band’s name is derived from a French children’s book called Belle et Sebastién. Yep, they are that kind of group. []

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