Bonus Hidden Track:
The Beatles' 1965 Christmas Fanclub Record: Outtakes/Speech from 'Think For Yourself' Session
The Beatles were so worn out by 1965 that they couldn't bring themselves to commit to their yearly festive fanclub message with their usual pizazz. Thankfully complete session tapes for the first aborted take do exist and reveal Lennon on top sniping form, a cajoling Macca, a quiet Harrison and an unusually perky Ringo and probably sums up the band's inter-team dynamics better than any other recording, complete with giggles, false starts and lapses into lines the band know can never be used. This can then be followed by the second, equally aborted idea - taping John, Paul and George clowning around while trying to tape the backing vocals for 'Think For Yourself' in late November 1965. This is the only Beatles' session until the Let It Be tapes that was taped in whole and offers an excellent insight into the Beatles at work and (too often for \George Martin's liking) play, even if they are a little too self-aware about being taped and trying to come up with something funny. The Beatles did indeed tape a third go at the Christmas fanclub very much at the last minute, but it too is a little lacklustre and accepted by connousiers as the weakest of the seven festive recordings: of course, as we've said many times elsewhere on this site, they deserve a proper re-issue too.