Happy Xmas (War Is Over) / Listen, The Snow Is Falling 7″ Single

 

UK Release Date 24 November 1972
UK Catalogue Number Apple R 5970
Weeks On UK Chart (to date) 57
Peak UK Chart Position 2
Lowest Matrix Numbers 7YCE 21686-1U / 7YCE 21687-1U

 

Released on 1 December 1971 in the US and not until a full year later on 24 November 1972 in the UK – the delay being due to a dispute between John and Northern songs over John giving Yoko a writing credit. On it’s initial release in the UK it peaked at number 4, where it spent two weeks during an eight week stay whilst in the US it only peaked at number 28 in it’s initial year of release. Of course it’s now gone on to be a seasonal favourite and to date, in it’s various guises, has spent a total of fifty seven weeks in the UK charts, peaking at number 2 in December 1980 following John’s death (it was only kept off the number 1 spot by Imagine).

It was recorded in late October 1971 and included the Harlem Community Choir who sing the backing vocals and chorus and also appear on the original cover. It was also the first Christmas song by an ex Beatle – Paul would later do Wonderful Christmastime, George would do Ding Dong and Ringo would bring out the  album I Wanna Be Santa Claus.

NB. At the beginning of the song Yoko whispers “Happy Christmas Kyoko” and John whispers “Happy Christmas Julian” but when the song was included on both the Shaved Fish and John Lennon Collection albums the lyrics provided on the inner sleeves were printed as “Happy Christmas Yoko” and “Happy Christmas John” in error.

Details of the 8 different copies I own are below. I also have two 1988 copies of Imagine on 7″ single and picture disc where Happy Xmas (War Is Over) is on the B side along with Jealous Guy. Details can be found here

A further version on green vinyl from 2003 with Imagine on the B side can be found here

First Press Solid Centre Green Vinyl

The pictures below are of my solid centre green vinyl first press which has the matrix numbers 7YCE 21686-1U and 7YCE 21687-1U. It has a KT tax code in the run off on each side and also has HAPPY XMAS – PORKY in the run off on the A side and AND NEW YEAR – PECKO on the B side. The record is in very good to excellent condition, playing through with the odd bit of light crackle and a couple of very light ticks on the B side. The original picture sleeve is also in very good to excellent condition, just some light ringwear and a couple of small light stains.

Estimated Value : £10

 

First Press Push Out Centre Green Vinyl

The pictures below are of my push out centre green vinyl first press which has the matrix numbers 7YCE 21686-1U and 7YCE 21687-1U. Like the solid centre copy above it has a KT tax code in the run off on each side and also has HAPPY XMAS – PORKY in the run off on the A side and AND NEW YEAR – PECKO on the B side. The record is in very good to excellent condition, playing through with the odd bit of light crackle, most noticable on the run in. It is housed in a plain black sleeve. This push out centre version is much harder to come across than the solid centre.

Estimated Value : £10

US First Press Green Vinyl

The pictures below are of my US first press which has the matrix numbers S-45X-47663 Z3 and S-45X-47664Z4#3. In the run off it also has a hand etched SF and a hand etched triangle with a line coming out (I think this represents a rifle as it was pressed by Capitol’s Winchester, Virginia factory). The record is in excellent condition, playing through with no problems whatsoever, whilst the original picture sleeve is also in excellent condition. The US sleeve is different to the UK one in that it is made of a flimsier, “shiney” paper as opposed to the UK card sleeve.

Estimated Value : £5

 

Second Press, Solid Centre

The pictures below are of my solid centre second press which is now on black vinyl and also has the matrix numbers 7YCE 21686-1U and 7YCE 21687-1U. Again there is a KT tax code in the run off on each side and also the HAPPY XMAS – PORKY is in the run off on the A side and AND NEW YEAR – PECKO on the B side. The record is in very good to excellent condition, playing through with the odd bit of light crackle. It is in a plain black sleeve.

Estimated Value : £5

 

Third Press, Push Out Centre

The pictures below are of my push out centre black vinyl third press which has the matrix numbers 7YCE 21686-2U and 7YCE 21687-2U. There is no KT tax code in the run off on each side and also the HAPPY XMAS – PORKY  and AND NEW YEAR – PECKO are no longer present. The record is in very good to excellent condition, playing through with the odd bit of light crackle. It is in a plain black sleeve.

Estimated Value : £5

 

 

80’s Press Solid Centre

The pictures below are of my solid centre black vinyl 80’s press which has the matrix numbers 7YCE 21686-3 and 7YCE 21687-3. There is no KT tax code in the run off on each side and also the HAPPY XMAS – PORKY  and AND NEW YEAR – PECKO are no longer present. You can tell it’s an 80’s press as it has a circular rim around the spindle hole (see pics) and also has RIP hand etched into the run off of the A side. The record is in excellent condition, playing through both sides with no problems whatsoever. It is in a plain black sleeve.

Estimated Value : £5

 

Capitol For Jukebox Only

From the early 90’s through to the early 2000’s Capitol released a batch of Beatles and solo singles through their CEMA Special Marketing Products division. They were released as “For Jukeboxes Only” on coloured vinyl and all had purple labels. This is my copy of Happy Xmas (War Is Over) on green vinyl that was released in November 1993. It is in very good condition, just some odd bits of light crackle and a couple of light ticks on the B side. It comes in a plain white sleeve.

Estimated Value : £10

UK Jukebox Press

The pictures below are of my copy that was pressed for UK jukeboxes and has the matrix numbers 7YCE 21686-3 Q1 on side one and 7YCE 21687-4 Q2 on side 2. It has black moulded labels and was issued without a picture sleeve. It is in very good condition, playing with just some feint crackle here and there, most noticable on the quieter B side. I also have the festive jukebox song title strip that would have come with the record.

Estimated Value : £5 – £10

 

 

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