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6 Best Out-of-Print Beatles Releases

Fab Four records and videos that remain inexplicably unavailable

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While Beatlemaniacs track the release of early outtakes and wonder if the 14-minute experimental cut "Carnival of Light" will ever see the light of day, some of us would be satisfied with the Beatles simply reissuing material that was once widely available. With the magnitude of the Beatles catalog, it's not surprising that some of their strawberry fields lie fallow. Of course, even Magical Mystery Tour and the American albums ultimately went back on sale, so tomorrow never knows which of these six projects might get an official re-release soon. By Gavin Edwards

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‘The Beatles Christmas Album’

For seven years, from 1963 to 1969, the Beatles sent out a Yuletide present to members of their fanclub: a flexidisc with holiday greetings. As the years went by, the messages got sillier, and the releases ultimately evolved into full-scale Christmas pageants complete with short plays, poetry and songs that ranged from somewhat traditional carols ("Rudolph the Red-Nosed Ringo") to Lennon/McCartney originals ("Happy Christmas to Ya List'nas" and "Please Don't Bring Your Banjo Back"). Over 44 minutes in total, they were compiled on an LP sent to U.K. fans in 1970 (called From Then to You) and to U.S. fans in 1971 (titled The Beatles Christmas Album). It's completely charming, and deserves to be part of every Beatles fan's holiday celebrations.

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‘Let It Be’

This Oscar-winning 1970 documentary has never been released on DVD  probably because it shows the Beatles at their unhappiest, squabbling and generally getting up each others' noses. John Lennon described the making of the album and movie as "the most miserable session on earth," and the final cut doesn't even include George Harrison quitting the band for a few days in the middle of filming. That said, the movie also contains some of the best available behind-the-scenes footage of the Fab Four actually assembling songs, not to mention their last public concert ever (the famous lunchtime rooftop performance with Billy Preston).

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