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Tuesday, December 7, 2010
An Apple a Day: Billy Preston - That's the Way God Planned It

Billy Preston began his association with Apple by playing keyboards for the Beatles during the "Get Back" sessions. Shortly after the "Get Back" sessions, Apple bought out Preston's contract with Capitol Records and in April, 1969, George brought Preston into the studio with a stellar cast of musicians, including Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, December 6, 2010
An Apple a Day: Jackie Lomax - Is This What You Want?

Jackie Lomax's "Sour Milk Sea" was one of Apple's first four singles. George Harrison recorded recorded additional songs in Los Angeles with Jackie in October, 1968, to complete an album. The finished product, "Is This What You Want?", was released in the U.S. on May 19, 1969, and peaked at number 145 on the charts.

Source: Beatles News
Friday, December 3, 2010
An Apple a Day: James Taylor

James Taylor was brought to Apple by Peter Asher, who produced his debut album, "James Taylor," released on February 17, 1969. Asher's vision for the album was to create a cohesive collection of textured songs. Taylor wrote all of the album's songs and played guitar and sang lead and backing vocals.

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, December 2, 2010
An Apple a Day: Mary Hopkin - Earth Song/Ocean Song

Mary Hopkin's second Apple album, "Earth Song/Ocean Song," is a radical departure from her debut Apple LP, "Post Card." Mary's first album was a Paul McCartney production in every sense of the word. When Paul grew disenchanted with Apple, he stopped working with Apple artists, and Tony Visconti was brought in to produce for Mary.

Source: Beatles News
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
An Apple a Day: Mary Hopkin - Post Card

Mary Hopkin was signed to Apple in 1968 after supermodel Twiggy saw the young Welsh folk singer on the British TV talent show Opportunity Knocks and was so impressed that she told Paul McCartney, who signed her to Apple and produced her first year of recordings. He also selected her songs and guided her career.

Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
An Apple a Day: Badfinger - Ass

Badfinger's fourth album, "Ass," is the least known of the group's Apple albums. By the time it was released in November 1973 in the U.S. and in March 1974 in the U.K., the band had left Apple. With little promotion behind it, "Ass" stalled at number 122 on the U.S. charts.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, November 29, 2010
An Apple a Day: Badfinger - Straight Up

During the first few months of 1971, Badfinger recorded its third album and follow up to "No Dice" with Geoff Emerick once again serving as producer. While the band was on tour in the U.S., Apple decided that the untitled album was not up to par and suggested that George Harrison produce fresh sessions with the band.

Source: Beatles News
Friday, November 26, 2010
An Apple a Day: Badfinger - No Dice

Badfinger's second album for Apple Records, "No Dice," was the first album issued by Badfinger with its new lineup, when guitarist Joey Molland replaced bass player Ron Griffiths. Beatles confidant and former roadie Mal Evans produced the initial sessions, but veteran Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick completed the album.

Source: Beatles News
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
An Apple a Day: Badfinger - Magic Christian Music

Badfinger's first album, "Magic Christian Music," was well received at the time of its release in 1970 by Beatles fans and lovers of pop-rock music. The record reached number 55 on the U.S. charts. Forty years later the album holds up extremely well. Three songs produced by Paul McCartney are the highlights of the album

Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
An Apple a Day: Come and Get It - The Best of Apple Records

This week we're taking a close look at the recently released Apple remasters. The cornerstone of these releases is "Come And Get It, The Best Of Apple Records." This is the first multiple artist best-of collection issued by the Beatles company Apple. All of the tracks have been remastered and sound fabulous.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, November 22, 2010
An Apple a Day: The Apple Records Box Set

In October, Apple Records reissued several LPs that were seminal to the history of the label famously started by The Beatles. In the next few days, I'm going to be taking a close look at these new releases, starting today with the "Apple Records Box Set," a collection that many Beatles fans have long looked forward to.

Source: Beatles News
Friday, November 19, 2010
The Return of the Red and the Blue Albums

Apple has quietly upgraded and reissued the "Red Album" and "Blue Album" collections. As was the case with the 9-09-09 remasters, great care and thought have gone into these releases compared to the way they were rushed out by Capitol in 1973. The Abbey Road engineers went back to the master tape of each song, not the banded albums.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, November 15, 2010
Another great year for Beatles holiday shopping!

Fans have for years complained that Apple was not issuing enough Beatles product. While the quality of the releases had been exceptional, new items seemed to be coming out years apart. Fans wondered if the core catalog would ever be upgraded. But 2009 was incredible, and 2010 will be another great year for Beatles holiday shopping.

Source: Beatles News

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