CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

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Company: Immaculate Conception Records

Matrix Number: CBMR 12 A / CBMR 12 B

Release date:  Late 1970

Country: USA

 

SIDE A

1. CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE AGAIN

2. THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD

3. THE WALK

4. INSTANT KARMA

5. Dialogue TWO OF US

6. dialogue & count-in DON'T LET ME DOWN

 

SIDE B

7. TEDDY BOY dialogue

8. ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

9. FOR YOU BLUE (edit)

10 count-in LET IT BE

11. YOU KNOW MY NAME (LOOK UP THE NUMBER)

 

Sound Quality: VG-stereo/mono

 

Source

1: 1967 Xmas flexi-disc

2, 8, 9: from GET BACK (VG stereo)

3, 5-7, 10: from GET BACK TO TORONTO, WCF mono dub (VG-mono)

4, 11: officially released version

COMMENTARY

An unpleasant dub from two previously released GET BACK LPs. Although all the "Get Back Acetate" tracks reproduced on this LP were originally available in stereo, the producers used for many of them the poorly sounding mono WCF version of GET BACK TO TORONTO.

RELEASES

The majority of the records came on a printed black sleeve with white titles, black labels with company and track listing (photo below the title). The number on the disc label was written CMBR 12 A/B instead of CBMR 12 A/B as in the matrix on the disc (probably the matrix number was miswritten if CM means Christmas Message). Another pressing had the label with different fonts.

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A rare version had rubber stamped title on front cover and manufacturer on back cover, with "Stereo" miswritten "Sterio". Another version had the same rubber stamp printed on a sleeve with the drawing of a nude girl on a tree in pink color. This last drawing was used by I.C. Records also for records by other artists, with a different rubber-printed title. Both of these versions with rubber-stamped title are very rare. The disc had the second label, illustrated here above.

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INTEREST. Musically worthless, this record has a very high collectible interest. The copies with rubber-stamped sleeve are quite rare to find, and were mainly distributed in Japan. Also the usual record is quite rare (*** / *****).