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Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
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Written by: Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starkey

Recorded: 28 November 1967

Producer: George Martin

Engineer: Geoff Emerick

Released: 4 December 1995

John Lennon: vocals, bass drum

Paul McCartney: vocals, piano

George Harrison: vocals, acoustic guitar

Ringo Starr: vocals, drums, tap dancing

George Martin: vocals

Victor Spinetti: vocals, tap dancing

Mal Evans: spoken word

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Interestingly, Joe's discography above lists the songwriters in this order:

"Written by: Lennon-McCartney-Harrison-Starkey".

Meanwhile, the album credits for Ringo's 1999 album, I Wanna Be Santa Claus (as catalogued on the Discogs website), lists them like so:

"Written-By – George Harrison , John Lennon , Paul McCartney , Richard Starkey".

Was this Ringo's unassuming way of restoring the proper order of who was responsible for this song's writing?

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Ringo's is alphabetical, Joe's is in order of how they joined and the most common way when reciting their names. I doubt George was most responsible for the song.

Interesting alphabetically it's the same going by surname and forename when listing the Beatles in such a way.

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meanmistermustard said
Ringo's is alphabetical, Joe's is in order of how they joined and the most common way when reciting their names. I doubt George was most responsible for the song.

Interesting alphabetically it's the same going by surname and forename when listing the Beatles in such a way.  

One problem with that theory: some other songs on that same album on that same discography site don't list songwriter names alphabetically. Examples:

Winter Wonderland

Written-By – Richard B. Smith*, Felix Bernard

The Little Drummer Boy

Written-By – Harry Simeone, Henry V. Onorati*, Katherine K. Davis

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So I was just listening to this song, because I felt like it (even though there's still at least 50 days...)

I don't know of other versions, but the one from the Free As A Bird EP is the one I was listening to.

It sounds like a monitor mix - is it, and if so, was there ever an actual mix of it made, or was it only ever this mix?

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Remember very clearly in '67 playing along to this with my mum's knitting needles.... slapping out the simple drum pattern on a leather pouffe..... a very satisfying sound.

 

I recall thinking after packing cases and the like.......... Ringo should try the knitting needles and pouffe combination.

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The 1995 mix is not a monitor mix, @The Hole Got Fixed. It was newly created for the Anthology project, with Christmas greetings originally recorded for a couple of radio stations in 1966 clumsily "flown-in".

There is a mix of the song on bootleg that was done the day after recording by GM, and from which extracts were taken to edit together the 1967 Christmas fan-club flexi. This original mix has never been officially released.

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Ok, thank you @Ron Nasty. It's fairly poor quality, which led me to believe the only thing that existed was a monitor mix. Very interesting to learn, thank you very much.

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There is a mix of the song on bootleg that was done the day after recording by GM, and from which extracts were taken to edit together the 1967 Christmas fan-club flexi. This original mix has never been officially released.  

ahdn_george_01ahdn_george_01ahdn_george_01 Food for thought...

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Christmas Time Is Here Again could maybe have become a classic Christmas song, if the Beatles had worked more with it. The song was used on the Christmas record distributed to the members of the official Beatles fan club. 

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Christmas Time Is Here Again could maybe have become a classic Christmas song

It IS "a classic Christmas song"...  would've closed out Side One of the 'Magical Mystery Tour ' album ahead of 'I Am The Walrus ' quite nicely...  or, anywhere else on Side One for it's crystal clear where all of these, including 'Blue Jay Way ' and especially 'Flying ', blast off of from the Launchpad...  the same 'Magical' ingredient when life was never the same again afterwards...  "RINGO!!!"...:-)

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Ringo's version of the song on I Wanna Be Santa Claus is much better than the original.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death.” —John Lennon 

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As it's nearly Christmas (!) I thought I should admit that this is the only Beatles song I've never heard (well, that and Carnival Of Light ).

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Tony Japanese said
As it's nearly Christmas (!) I thought I should admit that this is the only Beatles song I've never heard (well, that and Carnival Of Light ).

  

Merry Christmas

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