Details on upcoming George Harrison Apple Years box set

Amazon is now listing the George Harrison Apple Years box set, along with the individual remasters of all the albums included in the box. All are set for release Sept. 23.

Below are details from Amazon, including track listings. Note, there is no info yet provided for Dark Horse. You can click the links to pre-order any of the releases.


The Apple Years

In November 1968, George Harrison released 'Wonderwall Music'. A soundtrack to an art film called 'Wonderwall' this predominantly Indian music collection was the first solo album to be released by a Beatle and also the first album on the newly formed Apple Records. George would continue to release albums on Apple (and EMI) through to 1975's soul-influenced 'Extra Texture (Read All About It)' touching on experimentalism with 'Electronic Sound', the magnificent triple album 'All Things Must Pass', the chart-topping 'Living In The Material World' and the, perhaps, less well-known 'Dark Horse'.

This box brings all these eclectic albums together in one set that mirrors 2004's 'Dark Horse Years' box set and will contain a perfect bound book with a DVD. All albums have been remastered by Dhani Harrison and Paul Hicks and all will be packaged in high-quality card packs and all albums, apart from 'All Things Must Pass' and 'Living In The Material World' contain newly written notes by Kevin Howlett.

The DVD contains a brand new, never before seen video which has been painstakingly overseen by Olivia Harrison and all packages contain new photos many never seen before.


Wonderwall Music
Released in November 1968, George Harrison's Wonderwall Music was the first solo album released by a member of The Beatles and the first LP to be released by Apple Records. The soundtrack music for director Joe Massot's debut feature-length film, Wonderwall, the predominantly instrumental album is an intricate, vibrant tapestry of Western rock music and compositions in an Indian classical style. In 1992, George recalled, 'I decided to do it as a mini-anthology of Indian music, because I wanted to help turn the public on to Indian music.' Three bonus tracks have been added to the remastered album: '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. The booklet also includes a new essay of appreciation by the acclaimed musician, producer and composer Nitin Sawney and newly written historical notes by Kevin Howlett.

Tracks:

1. Microbes
2. Red Lady Too
3. Tabla and Pakavaj
4. In The Park
5. Drilling A Home
6. Guru Vandana
7. Greasy Legs
8. Ski-ing
9. Gat Kirwani
10. Dream Scene
11. Party Seacombe
12. Love Scene
13. Crying
14. Cowboy Music
15. Fantasy Sequins
16. On The Bed
17. Glass Box
18. Wonderwall To Be Here
19. Singing Om
20. In The First Place (By The Remo Four)
21. Almost Shankara
22. The Inner Light (Alternative Take - Instrumental)


Electronic Sound

As a direct result of The Beatles' keen curiosity about experimental music and other avant-garde artistic expression, Apple Records launched its short-lived Zapple subsidiary in February 1969 as a forum for unfettered sonic exploration, or, as announced at the time, 'more freaky sounds.' George's Electronic Sound and John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions, both released in May 1969, were Zapple's only releases before it was closed down. Electronic Sound's cover art, painted by George, depicts his Moog IIIP (which was later used on four tracks by The Beatles on their album Abbey Road) with the four modules from which the sound was synthesized. Each side of the Electronic Sound LP featured one exploratory long-form work. However, the American version of the album placed the pieces on opposite sides to the UK record, but with the same titles retained on the labels. Consequently, there has been confusion about which track is which. Research for the out-of-print album's new release revealed that the UK LP was correct with 'Under The Mersey Wall' on Side 1 and 'No Time Or Space' on Side 2. The CD booklet includes new essays by The Chemical Brothers' Tom Rowlands and Dhani Harrison, as well as newly written historical notes by Kevin Howlett.

Tracks:

 1. Under The Mersey Wall
 2. No Time or Space


All Things Must Pass


All Things Must Pass was released by Apple Records in November 1970. Co-produced by Harrison and Phil Spector, many musicians contributed to the album, including Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Pete Drake, Gary Wright, Klaus Voormann, members of Badfinger, players from Delaney and Bonnie band, and John Barham. The triple-LP topped charts around the world and earned universal acclaim as a rock masterpiece. George became the first Beatle to have a solo number one single in both the UK and America with the album's lead single, My Sweet Lord, which introduced his signature slide guitar playing. George co-wrote the album's opening track, 'I'd Have You Anytime' with his friend Bob Dylan, who also wrote another song on the landmark album, 'If Not For You.' The new package 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).'

Tracks:
Disc 1
1. I'd Have You Anytime
2. My Sweet Lord
3. Wah-Wah
4. Isn't It A Pity (Version One)
5. What Is Life
6. If Not For You
7. Behind That Locked Door
8. Let It Down
9. Run of the Mill
10. I Live For You (Bonus Track)
11. Beware of Darkness (Acoustic Demo)
12. Let It Down (Alternate Version)
13. What Is Life (Backing Track/Alternate Mix)
14. My Sweet Lord (2000)
 Disc 2
1. Beware of Darkness
2. Apple Scruffs
3. Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)
4. Awaiting On You All
5. All Things Must Pass
6. I Dig Love
7. Art of Dying
8. Isn't It A Pity (Version Two)
9. Hear Me Lord
10. It's Johnny's Birthday (Apple Jam)
11. Plug Me In (Apple Jam)
12. I Remember Jeep (Apple Jam)
13. Thanks For The Pepperoni (Apple Jam)
14. Out Of The Blue (Apple Jam)


Living In The Material World

In May 1973 came the release of George's second studio album of new songs, Living In The Material World. He was joined in the studio by several musician friends who had also played on All Things Must Pass and others like Jim Keltner, with whom he had worked during The Concert for Bangladesh concerts in 1971. The album and its lead single, 'Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)' both reached number one in America and on charts around the world. The spiritual nature of Living In The Material World, described by Rolling Stone as 'miraculous in its radiance,' is also reflected in the inclusion of an illustration from the Bhagavad-Gita in the artwork. The new release 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.'

Tracks:

1. Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
2. Sue Me, Sue You Blues
3. The Light That Has Lighted The World
4. Don't Let Me Wait Too Long
5. Who Can See It
6. Living In The Material World
7. The Lord Loves The One (That Loves The Lord)
8. Be Here Now
9. Try Some, Buy Some
10. The Day The World Gets 'Round
11. That Is All
12. Deep Blue
13. Miss O'Dell
14. Bangla Desh (Single Version) 


Dark Horse 

no info


Extra Texture

In late 1974, George returned to California to record his next album, the soul-tinged Extra Texture (Read All About It), his final album to be released through Apple Records. Leon Russell played piano on 'Tired Of Midnight Blue,' and for some of the sessions, Harrison was joined by guitarist Jesse Ed Davis, plus Jim Keltner, Paul Stallworth, and David Foster from new band Attitudes, who were later signed by George's newly formed Dark Horse label. Two of the LP's songs date from 1974 sessions for Dark Horse at George's home studio: the soulful love song 'Can't Stop Thinking About You' and the backing track of 'His Name Is 'Legs (Ladies & Gentlemen).' The new release adds '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. More than ten years later, the track received overdubs by Ringo Starr on drums, Dhani Harrison on guitar, and vocalist Kara DioGuardi. The CD booklet includes newly written historical notes by Kevin Howlett.

1. You
2. The Answer's At The End
3. This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)
4. Ooh Baby (You Know That I Love You)
5. World of Stone
6. A Bit More of You
7. Can't Stop Thinking About You
8. Tired of Midnight Blue
9. Grey Cloudy Lies
10. His Name Is 'Legs' (Ladies and Gentlemen)
11. This Guitar Can't Keep From Crying (Platinum Weird Version) 

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  1. That set looks awesome. Never knew George did a electronic album.

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