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Apple Years: 1968-75

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George Harrison 9/23/2014

Review

Arriving ten years after The Dark Horse Years: 1976-1992, The Apple Years: 1968-75 offers the first act of George Harrison's solo career presented in a handsomely produced, impeccably remastered box set. The outside packaging mirrors The Dark Horse Years but the discs housed inside the box show a greater attention to detail than the previous set: each of the albums is presented as a paper-sleeve mini-LP replicating the original album art (Extra Texture does indeed have extra texture on its sleeve), while the brief hardcover book contains perhaps the glossiest paper to ever grace a rock music box set. Better still, the remastering of all six albums is superb. Supervised by Harrison's son Dhani, the team mastermind by Paul Hicks, who worked on the acclaimed 2009 Beatles remasters, and featuring Gavin Lurssen and Reuben Cohen, bring The Apple Years to the same sonic standard as the 2009 Beatles remasters and the results are rich, deep, and alluring (All Things Must Pass is from the 2001 George-directed remix, but a different remaster also applies to Living in the Material World, which is a different remaster than the 2006 reissue). There are bonus tracks but not many that are previously unreleased: just five, including an instrumental alternate of the Beatles' "The Inner Light," plus the throwaway "I Don't Care Anymore" and an early acoustic version of "Dark Horse," both added to Dark Horse. Similarly, the DVD recycles some previously seen footage, with its biggest draw being the original (and very silly) 1974 promo video for "Ding Dong," along with a TV commercial pushing Dark Horse. That means the draw for The Apple Years is naturally the albums themselves. All Things Must Pass is rightly regarded as the masterpiece but 1968's Wonderwall Music -- the first solo album by any Beatle -- is a bit of an unacknowledged gem, a frequently intriguing psychedelic relic that represents one of the first serious forays into world music by a Western musician (the bonus tracks on this are also quite good). Electronic Sound, released in 1969 on the Apple offshoot Zapple, is a synthesized throwaway but 1973's Living in the Material World often conjures a state of shimmering grace. Dark Horse (1974) is a mess but it's a fascinating one, alternating between bitter cynicism and weariness, while 1975's Extra Texture (Read All About It) finds George settling into an overblown soft rock groove. It's hard to deny the ups and downs to be found here, but combined they paint a picture of Harrison's complexities and contradictions, and the music has never sounded better -- and each album has never looked better -- than it does here. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Microbes George Harrison 3:44
  3. 2 Red Lady Too George Harrison 1:56
  4. 3 Tabla and Pakavaj George Harrison 1:4
  5. 4 In the Park George Harrison 4:10
  6. 5 Drilling a Home George Harrison 3:7
  7. 6 Guru Vandana George Harrison 1:8
  8. 7 Greasy Legs George Harrison 1:27
  9. 8 Ski-ing George Harrison 1:49
  10. 9 Gat Kirwani George Harrison 1:15
  11. 10 Dream Scene George Harrison 5:27
  12. 11 Party Seacombe George Harrison 4:34
  13. 12 Love Scene George Harrison 4:16
  14. 13 Crying George Harrison 1:17
  15. 14 Cowboy Music George Harrison 1:29
  16. 15 Fantasy Sequins George Harrison 1:49
  17. 16 On the Bed George Harrison 2:22
  18. 17 Glass Box George Harrison 1:7
  19. 18 Wonderwall to Be Here George Harrison 1:27
  20. 19 Singing Om George Harrison 1:57
  21. 20 In the First Place George Harrison 3:16
  22. 21 Almost Shankara George Harrison 5:0
  23. 22 The Inner Light [Alternative Take Instrumental] George Harrison 3:42
  24. 1 Under the Mersey Wall George Harrison 18:44
  25. 2 No Time or Space George Harrison 25:7
  26. 1 I'd Have You Anytime George Harrison 2:57
  27. 2 My Sweet Lord George Harrison 4:41
  28. 3 Wah-Wah George Harrison 5:37
  29. 4 Isn't It a Pity [Version One] George Harrison 7:10
  30. 5 What Is Life George Harrison 4:24
  31. 6 If Not for You George Harrison 3:30
  32. 7 Behind That Locked Door George Harrison 3:6
  33. 8 Let It Down George Harrison 4:58
  34. 9 Run of the Mill George Harrison 2:51
  35. 10 I Live for You George Harrison 3:37
  36. 11 Beware of Darkness George Harrison 3:22
  37. 12 Let It Down George Harrison 3:55
  38. 13 What Is Life George Harrison 4:27
  39. 14 My Sweet Lord [2000] George Harrison 4:55
  40. 1 Beware of Darkness George Harrison 3:51
  41. 2 Apple Scruffs George Harrison 3:6
  42. 3 Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll) George Harrison 3:48
  43. 4 Awaiting on You All George Harrison 2:48
  44. 5 All Things Must Pass George Harrison 3:46
  45. 6 I Dig Love George Harrison 4:57
  46. 7 Art of Dying George Harrison 3:38
  47. 8 Isn't It a Pity [Version Two] George Harrison 4:48
  48. 9 Hear Me Lord George Harrison 5:49
  49. 10 It's Johnny's Birthday George Harrison 0:49
  50. 11 Plug Me In George Harrison 3:19
  51. 12 I Remember Jeep George Harrison 8:8
  52. 13 Thanks for the Pepperoni George Harrison 5:32
  53. 14 Out of the Blue George Harrison 11:13
  54. 1 Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) George Harrison 3:35
  55. 2 Sue Me, Sue You Blues George Harrison 4:46
  56. 3 The Light That Has Lighted the World George Harrison 3:30
  57. 4 Don't Let Me Wait Too Long George Harrison 2:56
  58. 5 Who Can See it George Harrison 3:51
  59. 6 Living in the Material World George Harrison 5:30
  60. 7 The Lord Loves the One (That Loves the Lord) George Harrison 4:34
  61. 8 Be Here Now George Harrison 4:9
  62. 9 Try Some Buy Some George Harrison 4:7
  63. 10 The Day the World Gets 'Round George Harrison 2:52
  64. 11 That Is All George Harrison 3:44
  65. 12 Deep Blue George Harrison 3:45
  66. 13 Miss O'Dell George Harrison 2:31
  67. 14 Bangla Desh [Single Version] George Harrison 3:57
  68. 1 Hari's on Tour (Express) [Instrumental] George Harrison 4:42
  69. 2 Simply Shady George Harrison 4:37
  70. 3 So Sad George Harrison 4:59
  71. 4 Bye Bye, Love George Harrison 4:6
  72. 5 Mãya Love George Harrison 4:22
  73. 6 Ding Dong, Ding Dong George Harrison 3:40
  74. 7 Dark Horse George Harrison 3:53
  75. 8 Far East Man George Harrison 5:51
  76. 9 Is It "He" (Jai Sri Krishna) George Harrison 4:52
  77. 10 I Don't Care Anymore George Harrison 2:44
  78. 11 Dark Horse [Early Take] George Harrison 4:25
  79. 12 I Remember Jeep George Harrison 8:8
  80. 13 Thanks for the Pepperoni George Harrison 5:32
  81. 14 Out of the Blue George Harrison 11:14
  82. 1 You George Harrison 3:43
  83. 2 The Answer's at the End George Harrison 5:33
  84. 3 This Guitar (Can't Keep from Crying) George Harrison 4:13
  85. 4 Ooh Baby (You Know That I Love You) George Harrison 4:0
  86. 5 World of Stone George Harrison 4:44
  87. 6 A Bit More of You [Instrumental] George Harrison 0:45
  88. 7 Can't Stop Thinking About You George Harrison 4:32
  89. 8 Tired of Midnight Blue George Harrison 4:52
  90. 9 Grey Cloudy Lies George Harrison 3:42
  91. 10 His Name Is "Legs" (Ladies & Gentleman) George Harrison 5:50
  92. 11 This Guitar (Can't Keep from Crying) [Platinum Weird Version] George Harrison 3:55
  93. 12 Deep Blue George Harrison 3:45
  94. 13 Miss O'Dell George Harrison 2:32
  95. 14 Bangla Desh George Harrison 3:57
  96. 1 George Harrison: The Apple Years Feature George Harrison 7:30
  97. 2 All Things Must Pass George Harrison 7:8
  98. 3 The Concert for Bangladesh George Harrison 3:49
  99. 4 Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) George Harrison 2:38
  100. 5 Miss O'Dell [Alternative Version] George Harrison 3:11
  101. 6 Sue Me, Sue You Blues [Acoustic Demo Version] George Harrison 3:38
  102. 7 Living in the Material World George Harrison 3:49
  103. 8 Ding Dong, Ding Dong [Original Promo Video 1974] George Harrison 0:40
  104. 9 Dark Horse [Original 30-Second Promotional Clip 1974] George Harrison 6:11

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