George Harrison’s years at Apple Records were among his most productive. The Quiet Beatle inaugurated Apple’s LP series with 1968’s Wonderwall Music soundtrack and nearly closed out the label with its final album of original material (1975’s Extra Texture (Read All About It)). In between, Harrison released a series of solo records, oversaw the soundtrack to his groundbreaking Concert for Bangla Desh, and lent a helping hand to Apple artists including Badfinger, Jackie Lomax, Billy Preston, Doris Troy and Lon and Derrek Van Eaton. Following the 2004 Dark Horse Years box set and 2010’s box of Collaborations with Ravi Shankar, the Harrison family has announced the release of The Apple Years 1968-1975 via Apple and Capitol/UMe.
This 7-CD/1-DVD box set, arriving on September 22 in the U.K. and September 23 in the U.S., includes expanded and newly-remastered versions of Harrison’s Apple albums beginning with 1968’s Wonderwall Music – the very first solo album by any Beatle – and continuing with the even more experimental Electronic Sound as issued on the Zapple label (1969), the acclaimed triple-album All Things Must Pass (1970), Living in the Material World (1973), Dark Horse (1974) and Harrison’s Apple swansong Extra Texture (Read All About It) (1975). The all-star Concert for Bangla Desh is not included; it last saw a deluxe reissue in 2005. All of the individual CDs will also be available as standalone releases, while the DVD will remain exclusive to the box set.
All Things Must Pass was last expanded and reissued on CD in 2001 with Harrison’s participation. After his November 2001 death, a reissue arrived for Living in the Material World in 2006. Dark Horse and Extra Texture haven’t been revisited on CD since Capitol’s reissues in 1992. After the jump: we'll look at the contents of each disc!
Bonus tracks have been added to all but one of the albums (Electronic Music, which features only two lengthy cuts). Wonderwall Music adds "In The First Place" by Liverpool group The Remo Four, the previously unreleased "Almost Shankara" raga, and most tantalizingly, "The Inner Light" (a previously unreleased alternate instrumental-only take of The Beatles' B-side). All Things Must Pass retains the five bonus tracks from the 2001, George Harrison-supervised reissue. Living in the Material World keeps non-LP sides “Deep Blue” and “Miss O’Dell” from the last edition but adds the studio version of “Bangla Desh” in its remixed form from 1976's The Best of George Harrison. Dark Horse adds the single B-side “I Don’t Care Anymore” and an early, previously unreleased acoustic take of the title song. Extra Texture has just one bonus – the Platinum Weird version of “This Guitar” previously available as a digital promotional release. Platinum Weird was a duo formed by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and songwriter/former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi. Harrison sings lead on the track which he had recorded in 1992 as a demo for Stewart, who plays electric guitar on it; overdubs were added a decade later by Ringo Starr, Dhani Harrison and DioGuardi. The box set-exclusive DVD contains a new film which has been directed by Olivia Harrison plus an array of clips and promo videos for a total running time of more than 30 minutes.
All albums have been remastered by Gavin Lurssen, Reuben Cohen and Paul Hicks at Lurssen Mastering, the same studio that regularly turns out splendid work for Omnivore Recordings, among others. All titles will be packaged in digipaks. Other than All Things Must Pass and Living In The Material World, each disc contains newly written notes by Kevin Howlett. Wonderwall adds a new essay of appreciation by the acclaimed musician, producer and composer Nitin Sawhney, and Electronic Music additionally features essays by The Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands and Dhani Harrison. The liner notes will be available with each individual release and as part of the deluxe hardbound book in the box set. All packages contain new photos, many of which have never before been published.
The Apple Years 1968-1975 and seven individual George Harrison reissues will be available from Apple and Universal on September 22 in the U.K. and September 23 in the U.S.; track listings for all titles can be perused below. You'll also find pre-order links for both the box set and each individual reissue!
George Harrison, The Apple Years 1968-1975 (Apple/Universal, 2014) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
CD 1: Wonderwall Music ((S)APCOR1, 1968) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
- Red Lady Too
- Tabla and Pakavaj
- In the Park
- Drilling a Home
- Guru Vandana
- Greasy Legs
- Gat Kirwani
- Dream scene
- Party Seacombe
- Love Scene
- Cowboy Music
- Fantasy Sequins
- On the Bed
- Glass Box
- Wonderwall to Be Here
- Singing Om
- In the First Place - The Remo Four (Bonus Track)
- Almost Shankara (Bonus Track) (previously unreleased)
- The Inner Light (Alternative Instrumental) (Bonus Track) (previously unreleased)
CD 2: Electronic Music (ZAPPLE 02, 1969) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
- Under the Mersey Wall
- No Time or Space
CDs 3-4: All Things Must Pass (STCH 639, 1970) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
- I’d Have You Anytime
- My Sweet Lord
- Isn’t It a Pity (Version One)
- What is Life
- If Not for You
- Behind That Locked Door
- Let It Down
- Run of the Mill
- I Live for You (Bonus Track) (included on All Things Must Pass, Capitol CDP 7243 5 30474 2 9, 2001)
- Beware of Darkness (Acoustic Demo) (Bonus Track) (included on All Things Must Pass, Capitol CDP 7243 5 30474 2 9, 2001)
- Let It Down (Alternate Version) (Bonus Track) (included on All Things Must Pass, Capitol CDP 7243 5 30474 2 9, 2001)
- What is Life (Backing Track/Alternate Mix) (Bonus Track) (included on All Things Must Pass, Capitol CDP 7243 5 30474 2 9, 2001)
- My Sweet Lord (2000) (Bonus Track) (included on All Things Must Pass, Capitol CDP 7243 5 30474 2 9, 2001)
- Beware of Darkness
- Apple Scruffs
- Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)
- Awaiting on You All
- All Things Must Pass
- I Dig Love
- Art of Dying
- Isn’t It a Pity (Version Two)
- Hear Me Lord
- It’s Johnny’s Birthday
- Plug Me In
- I Remember Jeep
- Thanks for the Pepperoni
- Out of the Blue
CD 5: Living in the Material World (PAS 10006, 1973) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
- Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)
- Sue Me, Sue You Blues
- The Light That Has Lighted the World
- Don't Let Me Wait Too Long
- Who Can See It
- Living in the Material World
- The Lord Loves the One (That Loves the Lord)
- Be Here Now
- Try Some Buy Some
- The Day the World Gets 'Round
- That Is All
- Deep Blue (Apple single R 5912-B, 1971) (Bonus Track)
- Miss O'Dell (Apple single R 5988, 1973) (Bonus Track)
- Bangla Desh (Apple single R 5912-A, 1971 as remixed for The Best of George Harrison, Parlophone PAS 10011, 1976) (Bonus Track)
CD 6: Dark Horse (PAS 10008, 1974) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
- Hari's on Tour (Express)
- Simply Shady
- So Sad
- Bye Bye Love
- Maya Love
- Ding Dong, Ding Dong
- Dark Horse
- Far East Man
- It is 'He' (Jai Sri Krishna)
- I Don't Care Anymore (Apple U.S. single 1877, 1974) (Bonus Track)
- Dark Horse (Early Acoustic Take) (Bonus Track) (previously unreleased)
CD 7: Extra Texture (Read All About It) (PAS 10009, 1975) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)
- The Answer’s at the End
- This Guitar (Can’t Keep from Crying)
- Ooh Baby (You Know That I Love You)
- World of Stone
- A Bit More of You
- Can't Stop Thinking About You
- Tired of Midnight Blue
- Grey Cloudy Lies
- His Name is Legs (Ladies and Gentleman)
- This Guitar (Can’t Keep from Crying) (previously unreleased Platinum Weird version) (Bonus Track)
- George Harrison - The Apple Years Feature (2014) [7:27]
Produced by Peacock, Directed By Olivia Harrison
- All Things Must Pass (bonus feature in 2001 album package) [8:03]
Produced by Radical Media
- The Concert for Bangladesh EPK (2005) [6:03]
Produced by Olivia Harrison and Jonathan Clyde, Edited by Claire Ferguson
- Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) (video from Live In Japan, 1991) [3:43]
- Miss O’Dell (alternative version from 2006 deluxe edition of Living In The Material World) [2:31]
- Sue Me Sue You Blues (acoustic demo version from 2006 deluxe edition of Living In The Material World) [3:04]
- Living In The Material World (feature from 2006 deluxe edition of Living In The Material World) [3:34]
Produced by Abbey Road Interactive
- Ding Dong, Ding Dong (original promo video, 1974) [3:46]
Directed by George Harrison, Filmed by Nick Knowland
Film Restoration: David Dean & Gwyn Evans
- Dark Horse (original promotional clip, 1974) [:30]
Created by Capitol Records
Is All Things Must Pass remastered again (please say yes)? The original LP still sounds better than the CD release. Smileyface EQ FTL.
Joe Marchese says
Yes, all titles are newly remastered including "ATMP" and "LitMW."
Victor Dang says
I'm glad they're including the bonus tracks from the AMTP 2001 reissue (hopefully remastered, too). I must be the only one here who not only likes the My Sweet Lord 2000 rerecording, but also prefers it!
Rob Maurer says
So then "All Things Must Pass" IS a new remaster, not a re-hash of the harsh-sounding 2001 set? If true, this is now on my purchase list.
Joe Marchese says
Per the press release, all audio for all six albums has been remastered from the original tapes by the Lurssen/Cohen/Hicks team.
I don't know whether the album credits acknowledge this, but I think all the albums have been remixed as well as remastered. I notice acoustic guitars beefed up in the mix on ATMP songs like Sweet Lord and Pity, different placement for Barham's string orchestration on Pity and All Things, relative to the 2001 CD. Also (at least to my ears), they've cleaned up George's voice on the Dark Horse album and, on Extra Texture, raised the backing relative to his voice so as not to leave him sounding so stranded in the mix. Hi-hats and kick are far clearer, acoustic shimmer on Material World compared with 2006; Don't Let Me Wait is the one that spring to mind on that album. It's all been done very subtly, and tastefully, but the changes are there – I'm sure of it! Hey, great job, Joe. I absolutely love your reviews. On this site, you give reissues so much more attention than the cursory and often ill-informed comments that seem to plague the supposed cream of the crop when it comes to music critiques. Your five-part review of the 2010 Apple Box was another example. Brilliant!
Joe Marchese says
Thanks so much for your kind words!
Ooh, "Try Some Buy Some," cool! I love Ronnie Spector's version, and the B-side "Tandoori Chicken" which is so banal it's awesome. I wonder how things would've been different if George Harrison continued his relationship with Estelle Bennett and maybe even married her.
on the cover of the new ATMP there is a slightly different photo of George - he is not looking straight into a camera as he was on the vinyl relase and first CD release too. Glad to see him back in black and white 🙂 - and yeah !!! IT IS A GREAT NEWS TO HAVE IT ALL REMASTERED WITH BONUS !!!
Looks like the same photo to me. I compared it to the original album cover photo.
Yes - I was mistaken - it was the 2001 reissue (the one with the "color" cover) where George is looking straight into a camera - now the original cover is back - it is much better !
Victor Dang says
Real shame they're not including the rare UK-only mono mix of Wonderwall Music, which DOES have differences in places (most notably Red Lady Too and Wonderwall To Be Here). Still, I'm glad Harrison's Apple-output is finally getting the overhaul it deserves, including the two "non-catalog" ones he did early on!
(Maybe someone here close to Dhani and co. should notify them of the mono mix and ask them to include it! Just an idea...)
mark schlesinger says
about time they released a video of the Japanese tour with Eric Clapton.
I'm just glad they are finally releasing the "Bangla Desh" single as well as "Dark Horse" and "Extra Texture."