George Harrison A Box Set of Apple By George!


Submitted by Don Graham

It seems we can’t get enough of anything Beatles, as a band, as solo artists, dead or alive the Beatles juggernaut keeps rolling along. And although George Harrison was usually limited to one song per album in the Beatles heyday, he had a productive solo career.

George  is releasing a boxed set of  8 discs  and an accompanying book celebrating his years on Apple Records 1968-1975. The set will be available as newly re-mastered individual releases and as part of a box set this fall. This release complements Harrison's 2004 release, The Dark Horse Years 1976-92, and will contain a DVD with videos and a never-before-seen, seven-minute film directed by Harrison's wife Olivia. There will also be a book with an introduction by Harrison's son, Dhani, who oversaw the releases with previously unpublished photos.

Whenever these sort of things are released, Beatle fan(atic)s will rush to buy them sometimes in their fourth incarnation, having previously purchased vinyl, cassette and CD, but also a new batch of fans, younger music lovers, is picked up in the publicity and hype surrounding the band and it’s legendary members.

George Harrison The Apple YearsGeorge Harrison The Apple YearsIn a statement Dahni Harrison said "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, so I cannot wait for music lovers to get their hands on these newly re-mastered 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 albums were all re-mastered from the original analog master tapes and  include 1968's Wonderwall Music, the first solo album 1969's Electronic Sound, 1970's All Things Must Pass, 1973's Living in the Material World, 1974's and 1975's Extra Texture (Read All About It). Some of the albums contain previously unreleased tracks, detailed below. All Things Must Pass contains five bonus tracks that were previously released in 2001.
Wonderwall Music, which was the first solo album by a Beatle, found Harrison writing both rock and Indian-style music for the soundtrack to the 1968 Joe Massot movie Wonderwall. The reissue contains three bonus tracks: "In The First Place" by the Liverpudlian group Remo Four, a previously unreleased take of the Beatles' B-side "The Inner Light" and the previously unreleased raga "Almost Shankara."

Living in the Material World includes a remix of the single "Bangladesh" – previously available only on 1976's The Best of George Harrison – and two B-sides that appeared on the record's 2006 reissue, "Deep Blue" and "Miss O'Dell." Dark Horse contains the B-side "I Don't Care Anymore" and a never-before-released acoustic version of "Dark Horse." And Extra Texture includes "This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)".

The box set's DVD contains a new, seven-minute film titled George Harrison – The Apple Years Feature alongside the All Things Must Pass feature from that record's 2001 reissue, a press kit for The Concert for Bangladesh, a video of "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" from 1991's Live in Japan and alternate versions of Living in the Material World's "Miss O'Dell" and "Sue Me Sue You Blues," as well as a feature about that album. Finally, it includes the video George directed for "Ding Dong, Ding Dong" and a promo clip for Dark Horse.

Just in time for Christmas this box set would make an excellent gift or be great for your personal collection.