The Rubber Band's XMAS! THE BEATMAS [1994] + The Fab Four's HARK! [2008]

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Each Christmas for as long MRS. HERC can remember, the local soft rock at work station (her preferred year-round station) begins exclusively playing Holiday and Christmas Music on Thanksgiving Day and doesn't stop until December 26th.  During the 1996 edition of this Merry Music Marathon, HERC heard a familiar song done in an unfamiliar way. After two phone calls to the station, HERC had the artist's name and two weeks and $18 later, he owned the CD.  It's been a holiday staple here at The Hideaway ever since.

Xmas songBeatles song
Jinglebell RockPlease Please Me
Santa Claus Is Coming To TownEight Days A Week
Rockin' Around The Christmas TreeI Saw Her Standing There
Last ChristmasPlease Mr. Postman
Feliz NavidadNo Reply
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa ClausAll My Loving
JinglebellsLove Me Do
Rudolph The Rednosed ReindeerTaxman
Mary's Boy ChildNowhere Man
White ChristmasTicket To Ride
Silent NightLucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Bairn Is Born In BeatlehomeIntro: A Day In The Life / Outro: All You Need Is Love

Xmas! The Beatmas by The Rubber Band is that CD and Wham's "Last Christmas" performed as if The Beatles were singing "Please Mr. Postman" was the song.  The Rubber Band are the pre-eminent Danish Beatles tribute band and originally recorded this album in 1994.  Currently out of print and fetching fairly high prices on the collectors market, HERC can only say buy it if you spy it.

Another Beatles-esque Christmas experience is provided by America's leading tribute band, The Fab Four.  They released a couple of ten song albums in the early 2000s before compiling the songs onto one disc, HARK!, in 2008. Two bonus tracks were later added and fortunately for everyone, the album can be heard on Spotify.

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