“George Harrison: The Apple Years,” a box set of George Harrison’s first six solo Apple Records releases, will be released Sept. 23 by Apple Records. The set can also be pre-ordered in in the UK, France, Italy, Japan and Germany.
This project was 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 set will include Harrison’s two-CD “All Things Must Pass,” “Living in the Material World,” “Dark Horse” and “Extra Texture (Read All About It),” plus “Electronic Sound” and “Wonderwall Music.” Both “Dark Horse” and “Extra Texture” will appear as remasters for the first time. 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.
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 The Material World,” “Dark Horse,” and “Extra Texture (Read All About It)” are all newly expanded with previously unreleased or rare additional tracks.
“Electronic Sound” was originally released with the music on opposite sides in the U.S. and UK. “The Apple Years” version will feature the release with a the UK configuration of the tracks, which Universal Music said was the correct one. This features “Under the Mersey Wall” on Side 1 and “No Time Or Space on Side 2. “All Things Must Pass” 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).”
“Living in the Material World” adds a remix of the single version of “Bangla Desh,” which has previously been available only on The Best Of George Harrison (1976), as well as two B-sides included on the album’s 2006 reissue, “Deep Blue” and “Miss O’Dell.” “Dark Horse” will add “I Don’t Care Anymore,” a B-side making its CD debut, and a previously unreleased early, acoustic take of “Dark Horse.”
The “Wonderwall Music” CD has three bonus tracks. Included will be “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.
“Extra Texture (Read All About It)” will “This Guitar (Can’t Keep From Crying),” a song Harrison rerecorded in 1992 as a demo for Dave Stewart, who plays electric guitar on it. The track received overdubs more than 10 years later by Ringo Starr on drums, Dhani Harrison on guitar, and vocalist Kara DioGuardi. The CD booklets for “Living in the Material World” and “Extra Texture (Read All About It)” both include newly written historical notes by Kevin Howlett.
The set will also an exclusive DVD with several video pieces, including a new seven-minute film with previously unreleased footage and a book with an introduction by Dhani Harrison, new essays by award-winning radio producer and author Kevin Howlett, and rare and previously unpublished images.
Here is the contents of the DVD: “George Harrison – The Apple Years Feature” (2014) [7:27] Directed By Olivia Harrison, “All Things Must Pass” (bonus feature in 2001 album package) [8:03], “The Concert for Bangladesh EPK” (2005) [6:03] Produced by Olivia Harrison and Jonathan Clyde, “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) (video from Live In Japan, 1991) [3:43]” and “Miss O’Dell” (alternative version from 2006 deluxe edition of “Living In The Material World”) [2:31].
Plus there’s “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], “Ding Dong, Ding Dong” (original promo video, 1974) [3:46] and “Dark Horse” (original promotional clip, 1974) [:30].
The discs will also be available separately. Two video trailers have been released. One is in the video spot. Here is the other.