When it was launched by The Beatles in 1968 Apple Records made musical history right from the start as the label built an eclectic roster of artists such as James Taylor, Badfinger, Billy Preston, Mary Hopkin, Doris Troy and Jackie Lomax.
Now, we’re very pleased to announce that Apple Corps Ltd and EMI Music are raising the curtain on remastered CD – mostly with bonus material – and digital download releases of 15 key albums from Apple Records. All titles will be released on October 25 (October 26 in the US).
Apple Records gave The Beatles the unique opportunity to sign both new and established artists who appealed to each of them, and its utopian artist-orientated mission instantly set it apart from other labels. Diversity was celebrated and artists were encouraged to record and release their music in a friendly and creative environment.
Between 1968 and 1973 Apple Records gave the world a hugely eclectic spectrum of releases, with fans well-informed about the individual involvements of The Beatles in nearly every project. The first release was the 1968 self-titled debut from US singer-songwriter James Taylor which included Paul McCartney and George Harrison on ‘Carolina In My Mind’.
Paul McCartney produced the debut single from Welsh singer Mary Hopkin, George Harrison produced and played on the Apple debut from Billy Preston and was also one and the producers and performers (along with Ringo Starr) on the first album by Jackie Lomax.
John Lennon was much taken with the music of The Modern Jazz Quartet, while Ringo Starr was intrigued by the music of contemporary British classical composer John Tavener. Badfinger (below from their 1972 album ‘Straight Up’) had a track on their debut album written and produced by Paul McCartney.
Each of the albums has been digitally remastered at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London by the same dedicated team of engineers behind The Beatles hugely successful remastered catalogue releases last year.
The 15 Apple Records’ reissues are:
‘James Taylor’ (1968) by James Taylor
‘Magic Christian Music’ (1970) by Badfinger
‘No Dice’ (1970) by Badfinger
‘Straight Up’ (1972) by Badfinger
‘Ass’ (1974) by Badfinger
‘Post Card’ (1969) by Mary Hopkin
‘Earth Song, Ocean Song’ (1971) by Mary Hopkin
‘That’s The Way God Planned It’ (1969) by Billy Preston
‘Encouraging Words’ (1970) by Billy Preston
‘Doris Troy’ (1970) by ‘Doris Troy’
‘Is This What You Want?’ (1968) by Jackie Lomax
‘Under The Jasmin Tree’ (1968) and ‘Space’ (1969) by Modern Jazz Quartet
‘The Whale’ (1970) and ‘Celtic Requiem’ (1971) by John Tavener