Wednesday, 3 September 2014

george harrison - the apple years

George Harrison's first 6 solo albums, from 1968 to 1975 have been remastered from the original analogue tapes. The albums - Wonderwall Music, Electronic Sound, All Things Must Pass, Living In The Material World, Dark Horse, and Extra Texture are the final part of Harrison's reissue series to complement the 2004 collection, The Dark Horse Years 1976-92. This project has been overseen by George's son, Dhani Harrison:
"Some of these records have long been out of print, and so I cannot wait for music lovers to get their hands on these newly remastered versions"
The new box set features an exclusive DVD with several video pieces, including a new seven-minute film with previously unreleased footage. The Apple Years box also includes an exclusive perfect-bound book.

    Wonderwall Music. 1968
    "I decided to do it as a mini-anthology of Indian music, because I wanted to help turn the public on to Indian music.' George Harrison.

    Electronic Sound. 1969
    Came just after a period when The Beatles were experimenting with avante garde music in the same way Lennon and Yoko's Revolution No.9 had done for the White album.

    All Things Must Pass. 1970>
    Many musicians contributed to the album, including Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, etc. The triple-LP topped charts around the world and earned universal acclaim as a rock masterpiece.

    Living In The Material World. 1973
    "What we need isn't material, it's spiritual. We need some other form of peace and happiness." George Harrison.
    The album and its lead single, 'Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)' both reached number one in America and on charts around the world.

    Dark Horse. 1974
    "To write a song is, to me, more a case of being the vehicle to get over that feeling of that moment, of that time." - George Harrison
    The year Harrison established his own Dark Horse record label, built a recording studio in his Friar Park home in England, and completed an ambitious tour of North America and produced albums for several artists while also recording his own.

    Extra Texture (Read All About It) 1975
    In late 1974, George returned to California for his final album released through Apple Records.

The albums are available individually in digipaks and together within eight-disc boxed edition. Released on 22nd September.
All the details and advance orders from
Selling at £69.99 the CD boxset looks an excellent collection. See the below video for a taste of the package with that first album snippet of magnificent psyche taken from Wonderwall.