Digitally Remastered GEORGE HARRISON: The Apple Years to Be Released 9/23
Universal Music Group and the Harrison family are proud to announce that George Harrison's first six solo albums, released between 1968 and 1975 on The Beatles' Apple Records label, have been digitally remastered from the original analogue masters for CD and digital release on
This project has been overseen by George's son, Dhani Harrison: "I am so happy that what we started a decade ago by releasing The Dark Horse Years is now complete with the release of his first six albums as The Apple Years. 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. It's a very proud moment for us, and I would like to thank everyone who has helped us in any way to achieve this."
The six albums have been digitally restored and remastered at Lurssen Mastering in Los Angeles by a GRAMMY Award-winning team of engineers including Paul Hicks, Gavin Lurssen, and Reuben Cohen. Wonderwall Music, Living In
Max Hole, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group International, said: "George Harrison is a musical icon and one of the most imaginative and influential artists of all time. It's been great for us to work with Dhani and Olivia Harrison and all of the team behind The Apple Years project, a vital part of his legacy."
"The album was a film soundtrack but as a standalone vision it embraces a glorious multiverse of sonorous vignettes like nothing I've ever heard. It speaks of a fearless heart." - Nitin Sawney
Released in November 1968, George Harrison's Wonderwall Music was the first solo album released by a member of The Beatles and the first LP to be released by Apple Records. The soundtrack music for director Joe Massot's debut feature-length film, Wonderwall, the predominantly instrumental album is an intricate, vibrant tapestry of Western rock music and compositions in an Indian classical style. In 1992, George recalled, "I decided to do it as a mini-anthology of Indian music, because I wanted to help turn the public on to Indian music." Three bonus tracks have been added to the remastered album: "In The First Place" by Liverpool group The Remo Four, who played the rock elements of the recording sessions, a previously unreleased alternate take of "The Inner Light," and the previously unreleased "Almost Shankara," a raga that was not used in the film or for the soundtrack LP. The booklet also includes a new essay of appreciation by the acclaimed musician, producer and composer Nitin Sawney and newly written historical notes by Kevin Howlett.
"Squalls of cavernous sound, white noise explosions, beautiful delicate patterns, the sound was wild and fluid and bore no relation to George's other work." - Tom Rowlands (The Chemical Brothers)
As a direct result of The Beatles' keen curiosity about experimental music and other avant-garde artistic expression, Apple Records launched its short-lived Zapple subsidiary in February 1969 as a forum for unfettered sonic exploration, or, as announced at the time, "more freaky sounds." George's Electronic Sound and John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions, both released in May 1969, were Zapple's only releases before it was closed down. Electronic Sound's cover art, painted by George, depicts his Moog IIIP (which was later used on four tracks by The Beatles on their album Abbey Road) with the four modules from which the sound was synthesized. Each side of the Electronic Sound LP featured one exploratory long-form work. However, the American version of the album placed the pieces on opposite sides to the UK record, but with the same titles retained on the labels. Consequently, there has been confusion about which track is which. Research for the out-of-print album's new release revealed that the UK LP was correct with "Under The Mersey Wall" on Side 1 and "No Time Or Space" on Side 2. The CD booklet includes new essays by The Chemical Brothers' Tom Rowlands and Dhani Harrison, as well as newly written historical notes by Kevin Howlett.
"It is both an intensely personal statement and a grandiose gesture, a triumph over artistic modesty, even frustration. In this extravaganza of piety and sacrifice and joy the music itself is no longer the only message." - Ben Gerson (excerpt, 1971 Rolling Stone review)
All Things Must Pass was released by Apple Records in November 1970. Co-produced by Harrison and Phil Spector, many musicians contributed to the album, including Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Pete Drake, Gary Wright, Klaus Voormann, members of Badfinger, players from Delaney and Bonnie band, and John Barham. The triple-LP topped charts around the world and earned universal acclaim as a rock masterpiece. George became the first Beatle to have a solo number one single in both the UK and America with the album's lead single, "My Sweet Lord," which introduced his signature slide guitar playing. George co-wrote the album's opening track, "I'd Have You Anytime" with his friend Bob Dylan, who also wrote another song on the landmark album, "If Not For You." The new package includes the five additional tracks added to the album's 2001 reissue: "I Live For You" (outtake), "Beware Of Darkness" (demo), "Let It Down" (alternative version), "What Is Life" (backing track), and "My Sweet Lord (2000)."
"What we need isn't material, it's spiritual. We need some other form of peace and happiness." - George Harrison (1967)
In May 1973 came the release of George's second studio album of new songs, Living In
"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
Released in December 1974, Dark Horse capped a prolific year for George, during which he had 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. Throughout the year, Harrison produced albums for several artists while also recording his own. The songs on the LP document both George's fallibility, in "Simply Shady," and his spirituality, in "It Is 'He' (Jai Sri Krishna)." Dark Horse reached the top five in America, sounding a high note at the end of Harrison's rather frenetic year. The new release adds "I Don't Care Anymore," a sought after B-side making its CD debut, and a previously unreleased early, acoustic take of "Dark Horse." The CD booklet includes newly written historical notes by Kevin Howlett.
"The songs on Extra Texture are as introspective as any of George's albums. The first track is what he would call a pop song and the last song is an eccentric homage to Bonzo Dog "Legs" Larry Smith. But in between are tracks with strong melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. They are moody and personal and some of my favourites." - Olivia Harrison
In late 1974, George returned to
The Apple Years 1968-1975 brings together these six albums for the first time in one beautifully presented collection. Remastered with meticulous care and attention to detail, George Harrison's Apple albums now sound better than ever before. Olivia and
* denotes newly added bonus track or tracks
DVD [exclusive to The Apple Years box set]
- 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]
View the trailer video HERE
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