If you laughed, your’e a Beatles fan.
If you laughed, your’e a Beatles fan.
Many people will know of the Fresh Form Apple box set of CD’s which includes most of the artists once signed to the Beatles’ Apple Records label. It came out in December, 2010 and gathered together sixteen original albums on CD, plus a “Best Of” CD collection of Apple singles, and a double CD of rarities from Badfinger, Mary Hopkin and Jackie Lomax.
But fewer will know that this wasn’t the first time that Apple attempted to do this.
Over a number of years (between 1991 and 1996) Apple slowly re-issued some twenty-two titles from its back-catalogue, not only on CD but also on vinyl, and included in many instances a wide range of bonus material.
These releases were done in a number of “phases”, and you can read all about this 1990s re-issue program here.
Over the years we’ve been steadily trying to add to our collection all the vinyl releases from that 1990s re-issue program – and just last week we acquired one more:
This is the UK Apple Records with the original catalogue number SAPCOR 18, The Radha Krsna Temple by The Radha Krsna Temple London. It was re-issued in 1993. Here’s the rear cover:
That this is a re-issue is immediately identified by the barcode you can see in the upper right-hand corner – something that just didn’t exist when this LP first came out in 1971. The album was produced by George Harrison.
Another distinguishing feature is that this release has additional liner notes written by long-time Beatle friend, confidante and publicist Derek Taylor. These begin inside the gatefold cover (alongside descriptions of what each track is about, and information about Krsna consciousness from the original release) and they tell the story of how Apple Records and the Krsna movement got together:
Taylor’s liner notes conclude on the inner bag which holds the record:
Here’s the other side of that inner bag:
And the 1993 re-issue Apple labels:
This particular release doesn’t have any bonus material and so is a single LP release that is true to the original.
The striking cover is designed by the English art director and album cover designer John Kosh. If his name looks familiar, that’s because you’ve probably seen it on a number of record covers from a wide variety of artists. Kosh was a bit of a favourite at Apple and was responsible for the design of Abbey Road and Let It Be LP covers along with numerous solo projects by John Lennon and Ringo Starr.
The Radha Krsna Temple was included in the 2010 box set Fresh From Apple.
Paul McCartney has just announced that he’s signed a worldwide recording agreement with his old label, Capitol Records.
The deal encompasses McCartney’s entire body of post-Beatles work, from his 1970 McCartney album, through his decade with Wings, to the dozens of solo and collaborative works and is a welcome home to the label where he began his career.
“This is genuinely exciting for me,” McCartney said. “Not only was Capitol my first U.S. record label, but the first record I ever bought was Gene Vincent’s ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ on the Capitol label.”
McCartney is currently working on a new studio album, while a comprehensive plan for the artist’s catalogue is being conceived by Capitol and Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) – in conjunction with the artist and his management team – and will be implemented beginning July 2017**. The catalogue moves to Capitol/UMe from the Concord Music Group, Paul’s previous label partner.
Capitol Music Group (CMG) Chairman and CEO, Steve Barnett said “Paul McCartney’s association with Capitol has long defined so much of our historic legacy, and all of us here are extremely proud and honored that he has chosen to come back home. Paul’s indelible contributions to our culture are second to none, and his constant evolution as an artist and performer continues to inspire and enrich the lives of countless millions of people. We are overjoyed that Paul will be creating new music for years to come, and that Capitol will be helping to present it to the world.”
** Just what this means will be interesting for collectors and fans. We’re in the middle of a huge McCartney Archive re-issue program in conjunction with Concord Records. So, what happens to that is one question that comes immediately to mind. Hopefully we’re not looking at starting over with an entirely new back-catalogue release program…..
One of our favourite places in Sydney to crate dig is Revolve Records and Relics, and it has come up with another Beatle-related treasure for the collection.
Splinter was one of the first bands signed to George Harrison’s Dark Horse record label in 1974, and The Place I Love was their debut album:They were a two man band hailing from the town of South Shields in England. Bill Elliott and Bob Purvis wrote all their own material, were produced by George Harrison, and were joined on this album by Harrison (on guitar, mandolin, bass, harmonium and percussion and using the pseudonyms Hari Georgeson, P. Roducer and Jai Raj Harisein), as well as the likes of Klaus Voormann (bass), Billy Preston (organ), Jim Keltner (drums) and Gary Wright (piano).
The album was recorded at Harrison’s Friar Park home studio.
This is an Australian pressing. The cover is a gatefold, graced with a sepia-toned historic street scene of The London Hotel, taken in the late 1800’s in Splinter’s home town of South Shields.
Here’s the LP’s ever-stylish Dark Horse label:
There’s also a single sheet insert with the song lyrics printed on each side:
And an inner bag made of heavy paper and stamped with the Dark Horse logo to hold the record:
Splinter’s Bill Elliot has another strong Beatle connection. John Lennon had earlier invited him to perform the song ‘God Save Us‘ with The Elastic Oz Band. Released as a 7″ single on Apple Records in the US in 1971. This was a protest song in support of the underground publication Oz magazine, then embroiled in the famous Oz obscenity court case.
We don’t usually post Beatle cover version videos. But this one, from a guy named Cody Senn, is great – and well worth making an exception. Let us know what you think:
Cordier Auctions in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania will be offering something of a rarity today.
In amongst the jewelry, the pottery and the decorative arts is a reel-to-reel recording of The Beatles, live in concert at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens, New York on August 29, 1964:
After the concert this tape recording was a prize offered to listeners by a New York radio station (probably WMCA – their “Good Guy” disc jockeys were the MC’s at the gig). It was won by the person now offering it up for sale and it includes twelve tracks. Details of the contents of the tape and the auction can be found here.
The auction house has also put up a link to a digital recording of the reel-to-reel tape. (To hear it, scroll to the bottom of the page. You’ll need to use a Firefox browser, or have a RealPlayer plugin installed).
Or you can listen here:
If you are interested you’ll need to be quick. The auction is being held today, Saturday, August 13. You can bid online.
If you are into collecting Russian Beatle and Beatle-related releases, then you can’t go past the amazing beatlesvinyl.com.ua which has to be the most comprehensive reference site for such items.
They are absolutely thorough and detailed in their cataloguing and descriptions, with great photographs to illustrate the many variations out there.
It’s the Russian, Doxy Records edition of The Beatles Decca Tapes.
Here’s the front cover:
And the rear:
And the label:
Thanks to Beatles Blog friend Andrey for sending through the information on this new posting to the site.