Wednesday, September 3, 2014

George Harrison's Apple solo LPs get deluxe reissue treatment

I can't wait to hear these reissues. Read on for more info from the press release...

Universal Music Group and the Harrison family are proud to announce that George Harrison’s first six solo albums, released between 1968 and 1975 on The Beatles’ Apple Records label, have been digitally remastered from the original analogue masters for CD and digital release on Sept. 23 by Capitol/UMe. 

They are available now for preorder, both individually in digipaks and together within the deluxe, eight-disc boxed edition, The Apple Years 1968-75. Designed to complement Harrison’s 2004 collection, The Dark Horse Years 1976-92, the new box features an exclusive DVD with several video pieces, including a new seven-minute film with previously unreleased footage.

The Apple Years box also includes an exclusive perfect-bound book with an introduction by Dhani Harrison, new essays by award-winning radio producer and author Kevin Howlett, and rare and previously unpublished images.

This project has been 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 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. 

George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75 

Wonderwall Music*
Electronic Sound
All Things Must Pass [2CD]
Living in the Material World*
Dark Horse*
Extra Texture (Read All About It)*

* denotes newly added bonus track or tracks

DVD [exclusive to The Apple Years box set]

* George Harrison - The Apple Years Feature (2014) [7:27]

Produced by Peacock

Directed By Olivia Harrison

* All Things Must Pass (bonus feature in 2001 album package) [8:03]

Produced by Radical Media

* The Concert for Bangladesh EPK (2005) [6:03]

Produced by Olivia Harrison and Jonathan Clyde

Edited by Claire Ferguson

* Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) (video from Live In Japan, 1991) [3:43]

* Miss O'Dell (alternative version from 2006 deluxe edition of Living In The Material World) [2:31]

* 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]

Produced by Abbey Road Interactive

* Ding Dong, Ding Dong (original promo video, 1974) [3:46]

Directed by George Harrison

Filmed by Nick Knowland

Film Restoration: David Dean & Gwyn Evans

* Dark Horse (original promotional clip, 1974) [:30]

Created by Capitol Records

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