A Christmas theme for the next installment in our occasional Label Variations segment.
This time it’s John Lennon, Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band, with the Harlem Community Choir and the 1971/1972 song ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)’. Early versions (and some re-issues) were on green vinyl to suit the season.
The US Bell Sound test pressing:
Other US variations:
Some of the UK releases:
And Australia/New Zealand:
Here are some European releases. First Spain ‘Feliz Navidad’:
An EU-made CD single from 2003:
Back to vinyl, this one is from Yugoslavia:
And a couple of South American countries, including Venuzuela ‘Felices Pascuas (Se Acabo La Guerra)’:
Mexico ‘Feliz Navidad (La guerra termino)’:
Here’s one from Japan ‘ハッピークリスマス戦争は終わった’:
Later on, when John Lennon was signed briefly to Geffen Records, that label released ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)’ too:
(As usual, click on most images to see larger versions)
The exact dates that these are to be available is a little confusing. On the official Beatles merchandise site it says “coming soon”, while on the manufacturers site (Sound Leisure Classic Jukeboxes in Yorkshire, England) the spectacular player appears to be available for order already – at a cool £8,995 which includes delivery to mainland UK addresses.
The machine will be distributed in the US and Canada by Deer Park Distributing and will have its official launch at the global consumer technology tradeshow CES in Las Vegas in January.
Rather than being mass-produced, each jukebox is being hand-made to order. And that is for a period of two years. After that – no more. If you have the cash, this does look like an opportunity to obtain a unique, limited and hand-crafted official Beatle item.
The jukebox holds seventy 7″ records – although it is not clear whether these are supplied as part of the purchase price. If you don’t have seventy 45’s to fill it, never fear. The Sgt. Pepper jukebox has Bluetooth – so it can also stream digital music from anywhere.
It features officially sanctioned artwork from the iconic 1967 album cover – and we’ve gotta admit it looks VERY cool.
As to the question of these jukeboxes being hand-made to order, take a look at this intriguing video showing how each one is put together. You’ll get a clear idea of the care and workmanship involved:
Sound Leisure has been manufacturing high quality Jukeboxes in Yorkshire since 1978. Still family owned, the company remains one of only two traditional jukebox manufacturers in the world. In addition to hand building a wide range of classic styled CD and digital jukeboxes they are the only manufacturer to be producing a vinyl playing jukebox.
Seems the confusion over the availability of eight limited-edition, coloured vinyl versions of Paul McCartney’sArchive Series releases (so far) has been cleared up.
After a week of silence on just how and where these could be purchased, both the Universal Music UK and Universal Music US sites are now listing them again as being available for pre-order, with a shipping date of November 17th. However, there’s still a lot of confusion in the UK over the pricing of the cloured vinyl editions….
Meanwhile, there’s even more news on the coloured vinyl front.
The official Record Store Day site has this week confirmed that two Paul McCartney vinyl singles (one red, one green) will be available in limited numbers as part of their Black Friday special event.
The red single will be PaulMcCartney and Jimmy Fallon (backed by The Roots) singing a version of ‘Wonderful Christmastime’. The B-side is Norah Jones singing ‘Peace’ (recorded live at the Sheen Centre).
The green single will have the same version of ‘Wonderful Christmastime’, but this time the B-side will be a song called ‘Jesus Christ’ performed by The Decemberists.
Only 3,500 of each are being pressed apparently, so it looks like these may join a 2012 McCartney RSD Black Friday coloured vinyl Christmas release, ‘The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)’. This was also issued on red and green vinyl in very limited numbers. Both have become a rare and collectable items.
If you miss out on the vinyl singles then you can always pick up the song ‘Wonderful Christmastime’ on the CD Holidays Rule – Volume 2 which was released on October 13th:
Fabcast is three highly opinionated but very well-informed Beatle fans sitting together and discussing a set topic at length. The three are music writer Howie Edelson, musician Stephen Bard, and veteran record company publicist and executive Dave Morrell.
Their podcast started last year and they are now thirteen episodes in – and counting.
The trio begin each show with these words: “The only home of intelligent, cool and forward-thinking Beatles discussion…”, and yes – they have very strong and often unique opinions. But they back this up with great knowledge, a passion for the band and, in Dave Morrell’s case, first-hand insider experience having worked with and for a number of the Beatles directly – notably John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Overall, across this podcast there’s a reverence for and love of the Beatles’ music throughout.
Episode Thirteen is one of their longest, and best. They had as their guest eminent Beatle historian Mark Lewisohn. The Fabcast trio talked with him (and sometimes at him) for nearly two and a half hours! Yes, it’s a long episode, but it is great stuff.
We posted recently about a unique stage show currently running in New York City on the life and times of John Lennon called Lennon: Through a Glass Onion.
We want to let you know about a special, limited time offer for the readers of beatlesblogger which is currently running for the show.
Using code GO39, tickets for Lennon: Through a Glass Onion are available for only $39. This special price applies to any seat in the theatre. The offer is available for the Monday, October 27 performance only. The performance is at 8pm at the Union Square Theatre.
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This is a great show, getting excellent reviews. The New York Times says: “Beatle fanatics sure to see this show will want to savor every minute”.
The George Harrisonand The Beatles official sites have finally gone public, announcing for certain and in detail the news that Dhani Harrison leaked on social media at the end of July. The full details of the new box set The Apple Years 1968-75 have been placed on both websites and information has been emailed to subscribers. It will be released in just under three weeks time on September 22 (September 23 in the US).
There’s also a stylish video to accompany the news:
In the video you can catch a glimpse of how the box and each of the six CDs and DVD will be packaged – although it goes by fairly quickly! The information on the website confirms that there will be six albums and a DVD, and says that the box set will contain eight discs in all – meaning seven CDs and one DVD. That is confirmation that All Things Must Pass will be on two CD’s, just like the 2001 re-issue. However, it will contain a miniaturised version of the poster which was included in the original triple-LP release.
• George Harrison – The Apple Years Feature (2014)
• All Things Must Pass (bonus feature in 2001 album package)
• The Concert for Bangladesh EPK (2005) Produced by Olivia Harrison and Jonathan Clyde
• Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) (video from Live In Japan, 1991)
• Miss O’Dell (alternative version from 2006 deluxe edition of Living In The Material World)
• Sue Me Sue You Blues (acoustic demo version from 2006 deluxe edition of Living In The Material World)
• Living In The Material World (feature from 2006 deluxe edition of Living In The Material World)
• Ding Dong, Ding Dong (original promo video, 1974)
• Dark Horse (original promotional clip, 1974)