Revisiting Apple Records, like in our first show, but this time around, it is the founders of the label we spotlight.
Program Number 200: Apple Records – The Beatles Collectively and Individually
"Should we talk about really, the concert, this concert, is here you know. The whole idea of it is trying to help some people. And were not here to talk really about The Beatles." – George Harrison at the Concert for Bangladesh press conference to a reporter, 1971.
By 1968, The Beatles had truly done the impossible: four young musicians from a town in England literally no one had ever heard of called Liverpool had turned the world upside down. It wasn't that they just set and broke sales records: they were challenging the status quo at every turn, taking huge risks where others merely went on doing the same things over and over again. Their influence on Western culture was perfect for the times and also transcended the most tumultuous decade of the 20th Century, the 1960's. What was there to do next?
The Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. (l-r) Outtake from the photo shoot for The White Album. The photo was by Don McCullin, who primarily shot images of war for news services. 1968, courtesy of Apple. Click on image to enlarge for detail.
They founded Apple Corps. to handle their various business deals: fashion, retail, technology and most notably, a brand new music label. They took chances with a wide variety of unique acts, from brass bands to underground music; they also released their own music through the label. In just two short years, however, the band that did it all was no more: infighting amongst the members was commonplace to the point where they didn't even record as a unit anymore. They continued for several years to release anthologies of their hits to a wildly accepting audience, as well as their sometimes own uneven solo recordings. By 1974, the dream was over, and Apple ceased operations and stopped releasing new music titles. All things must pass, indeed.
Our very first music program focused on the various artists that once bore the Apple label. For our 200th show, I present to you the biggest piece left out: music from the band collectively and individually, from a time not that long ago where everything was possible. I have also included on this post my very first music program, warts and all, to bring this full circle.
Our tracks this week: Title, Artist, Source, Year
1. Revolution, The Beatles, single release with "Hey Jude", 1968
2. What is Life, George Harrison, All Things Must Pass, 1970
3. Live and Let Die, Paul and Linda McCartney, single release on Apple Records, 1973
4. It Don't Come Easy, Ringo Starr, single-only release, 1970
5. Cold Turkey, Plastic Ono Band, single-only release, 1969
6. Octopus's Garden, The Beatles, Abbey Road album track, 1969
7. Hey Bulldog, The Beatles, Yellow Submarine soundtrack, 1968
8. Jet, Paul McCartney and Wings, Band on the Run, 1973
9. Old Brown Shoe, The Beatles, B-side to "The Ballad of John and Yoko" single, 1969
10. Awaiting On You All (live), George Harrison and Friends, album track from The Concert for Bangladesh, 1971
11. Get Back (single version), The Beatles with Billy Preston, single-only release, 1969
12. $15 Draw, Ringo Starr, album track from Beaucoups of Blues, 1970
13. Working Class Hero, John Lennon, B-side to Imagine 12 inch maxi-single and album track from John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, 1971
14. Revolution #9, The Beatles, album track from The Beatles (a.k.a. The White Album), 1968
Love to you all.
Ben "Bear" Brown Jr., owner
Ace of Spades PDX
Program Number 001: Apple Records – Non-Beatles Artists
Note: Text is formatted slightly differently and appears as it was originally posted on 14 May 2015.
"We've already bought all our dreams. We want to share that possibility with others." - Paul McCartney on the formation of Apple
Welcome to our very first podcast. I wanted it, and every, podcast to be unique, and this one runs the gamut from jazz, rock, pop, R&B, singer-songwriter, world music, avant-garde, a song about sexy ladies and UFO's and one about a Fuh King.
So, something very unique and unusual for our debut podcast: An overview of Apple Records that were not the Beatles. It isn't meant to be comprehensive, just an interesting collection.
The artists featured this week:
1. Badfinger "No Matter What"
2. Jackie Lomax "Sour Milk Sea"
3. Yoko Ono "Why"
4. The Modern Jazz Quartet "Visitor From Mars"
5. Billy Preston "Right Now"
6. Doris Troy "Ain't That Cute"
7. The Iveys/Badfinger "Beautiful and Blue"
8. Ronnie Spector "Try Some, Buy Some"
9. The Radha Krishna Temple "Govinda"
10. Brute Force "The King of Fuh" (warning: borderline NSFW)
11. The Black Dyke Mills Band "Thingumybob"
12. James Taylor "Carolina In My Mind"
13. Chris Hodge "We're On Our Way"
14. Mary Hopkin "Those Were The Days"
Love to you all.
Ben "Bear" Brown Jr., owner
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