Badfinger “Magic Christian” Apple LP Re-issue

On Record Store Day 2012 I went to the huge Glebe Record Fair in search of some collectable treasure and came home with three nice items.

One of them was another in the series of Apple reissues that came out on vinyl in the early 1990s. These are now very rare and you can read all about the background to these here.  At the record fair I stumbled across one of the LPs from that time which I’ve been searching for for a very long time:

This is the original 1970 album “Magic Christian Music” by Badfinger, reissued in 1991 on Apple Records – only this time as a gatefold cover and containing a bonus 12″ disc with two extra songs. It was part of Phase I of a significant series of reissues which included James Taylor’s “James Taylor”, Mary Hopkins’ “Postcard”, Jackie Lomax’s “Is This What You Want?”, and Billy Preston’s “That’s the Way God Planned It”.

These vinyl reissues are now really very difficult to track down so I was surprised to see one at the fair and decided on the spot to get it.  It comes with the original Apple catalogue number SAPCOR 12 and looks to be a European pressing:

One of the distinctive and cool parts about it is that instead of being in a single sleeve it’s a gatefold:

Being a gatefold means there’s obviously space for more photos and information about the release, and that in the second half of the sleeve there’s another 12″ record (a 45 rpm disc) containing two additional songs. On Side 1 you get “Storm in a Teacup”, and on Side 2 you get the previously unreleased “Arthur”:

“Arthur” was later included on the double CD of bonus tracks which came with the Apple CD box set that came out in 2010, only with a different stereo remix.

Next time the other collectable item I discovered. Stay tuned.

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3 thoughts on “Badfinger “Magic Christian” Apple LP Re-issue

  1. Pingback: Beatles Australian 10th Anniversary 1963-1973 Souvenir LP | Beatles Blog

  2. Very good purchase! No doubt Apple had a growing movement in the early 90’s, with the circulation of these reissues, and finally the release of the Anthology project demonstrates. I think now Apple and EMI are not going to be any alternative but to republish The Beatles collection on vinyl, after the movies announced of course, but it is certainly possible that a remastered reissue on vinyl would be of great commercial appeal .

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  3. Very good purchase! No doubt Apple had a grnwoig movement in the early 90 s, with the circulation of these reissues, and finally the release of the Anthology project demonstrates. I think now Apple and EMI are not going to be any alternative but to republish The Beatles collection on vinyl, after the movies announced of course, but it is certainly possible that a remastered reissue on vinyl would be of great commercial appeal .

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