or
Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 

Brother [Extra tracks]

Lon And Derrek Van Eaton Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
Price: 8.87 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over 10. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 1 Sept.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details

Frequently Bought Together

Brother + Magical Mystery Tour [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free]
Buy the selected items together

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Product details

  • Audio CD (25 Jun 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Rpm
  • ASIN: B007XCH128
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,763 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Warm Woman
2. Sun Song
3. More Than Words
4. Hear My Cry
5. Without The Lord
6. Sweet Music
7. Help Us All
8. Maybe There's Another
9. Ring
10. Sunshine
11. Another Thought
12. Home Dear Home (Album Session, Unreleased) (Bonus Track)
13. The Sea (Album Session, Unreleased) (Bonus Track)
14. Song Of Songs (B-Side To Sweet Music) (Bonus Track)
15. Another Thought Vsn 2 (Album Session, Unreleased) (Bonus Track)
16. Sweet music (remix)
17. Living (Finished Apple Demo) (Bonus Track)
18. Can't Wait (Finished Apple Demo) (Bonus Track)
19. Resurrection Vsn 2 (Finished Apple Demo) (Bonus Track)

Product Description

CD Description

Out of print since Apple Records suspended operations in 1975, Brother, the 1972 Apple album by Lon and Derrek Van Eaton is being released on CD for the first time ever by RPM Records on June 25th. Signed to Apple after John Lennon and George Harrison heard the tape that the duo (formerly of the late 60s American group Jacob s Creek) had sent to the Apple office, Lon and Derrek were brought over to London to be the first act to record an album in the newly built Apple Studios. Produced by Klaus Voormann, Brother is an eclectic set of songs that encompass a wide range of styles that range from rock and R&B to folk and even an early nod towards rustic Americana. The centerpiece of the album is the single, Sweet Music, which was produced by George Harrison at Abbey Road and which features Harrison, Ringo Starr, Mike Hugg of the Manfred Man and several others backing Lon and Derrek on a track that sounds nothing less (and understandably so) than a great lost Harrison song from the early seventies. Freshly remastered at Abbey Road and featuring extensive liner notes from Stefan Granados as well as copious bonus tracks (including their legendary collaboration with Sir John Tavener), Brother is to borrow a phrase or two from the review by Stephen Holden that appeared in Rolling Stone, a staggeringly impressive first album that displays more energy, good feeling and sheer musical talent that any debut rock record I ve heard this year. It may be forty years on, but Brother sounds as fresh and exciting today as it did in 1972, which is not a quality that can be taken for granted with many albums from the early seventies.

Customer Reviews

3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not The Whale 7 July 2012
Verified Purchase
Back in the early 80's after I'd exhausted the Beatles catalogue and realised that there was only so much enjoyment to be eeked out of expensive bootlegs of BBC and Let It Be sessions, I turned to the Apple roster. My rationale being that as the Fabs were involved to some extent with the majority of Apple releases then some of that Beatle fairy dust must have rubbed off.

My foray soon came to end after shelling out 40 (40! In 1983!!) on The Whale by John Taverner. I remember listening to it that Christmas and realising that I'd shelled out a small fortune on a classical LP that meant little or nothing to me. I couldn't even hear Ringo's cow bell that he supposedly played on it.

Before my campaign ended I had picked up Lon and Derek Van Eaton's Brother LP. Even ten tears after release they were still easy to come by, and I got a sealed US copy for next to nothing (at least when compared to The Whale).

To be honest, it was a puzzling LP with no settled style. Nothing grabbed me on it apart from the opening Warm Women and Sweet Music - now there was indeed some Beatle fairy dust on that one!

Now I know why the LP didn't gel; after recording at Apple, the duo went back to the USA to record additional material that in the end bumped some of the original Apple tracks. And to the eternal credit of RPM you get those Apple tracks here, including bizarrely a collaboration with John Taverner. I know, you couldn't make it up.

It's still a bit of a fish out of water. Even with the benefit of hindsight it's difficult to see exactly what market this was aimed at. George bemoaned the lack of success for Sweet Music, a beautiful All Things Must Pass type confection.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's been a long, long, long time ....." 29 Jun 2012
I was so excited to hear that this long lost Apple album was coming out on CD, having been overlooked in the label reissue series a couple of years ago, and during the first such campaign in the 90's.

Anyone who's familiar with the Van Eaton song "Sweet Music" which was on the Apple Records "Best Of" compilation knows how good these NJ brothers sound. Very Beatle-esque (kind of hard not to be when you're working with George Harrison and Ringo Starr c.1971-72), but the other material on the album is equally impressive. Small wonder that George, Ringo and John Lennon all loved their demo tape, a testament unto itself in that they were signed via the "traditional" submission of a demo route, given Apple's culture of getting signed to the label based on "who you knew".

This was one of those "critics darlings" albums (both Billboard and Rolling Stone simply RAVED about it) which was crimnally overlooked, largely due to the label falling apart in the wake of the Beatles break-up.

Having the generous dose of bonus tracks allows us to hear what the original album would have played like, before decisions were made to rework some of the tunes and swap out others.

It's a great slice of early 70's album rock, with some uncanny melodies. Listen closely to "Without The Lord". You'll never listen to George Harrison's "Miss O'Dell" the same way again.

We're blessed to have this delightful album available again.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally !!! 7 Nov 2013
Verified Purchase
Ill be honest ... this wasnt my favorite Apple release at the time. Its up there now. This release is fantastic . The sound quality superb and the bonus tracks arent mere throwaways . Get it .
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh what sweet music... 14 July 2012
Verified Purchase
...this CD is lavished with. I'm a Beatles fan and lover of great music in general.I bought the Apple box set last year and I really can't understand why this album was missing out of that set, but I'm glad that we have the chance to own a copy and enjoy the music now. For me this, as with Doris Troy, ranks high on the 'great lost music to be rediscovered' scale. On 1st listen I thought it was quite 'run of the mill' but after owning the album for a few weeks and giving it many repeat listens "I love it" - the songs and music just wash over you and it's like basking in the sun on holiday. I don't believe that there is a bad track on here.
I think the music we like is very subjective but if your waving on a possible purchase and wanted to try something you're not familiar with, I say go for it, treat yourself. I hope you enjoy as much as me.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  10 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's been a long, long, long time .... 15 July 2012
By Tom E. DeShovelle - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I was so excited to hear that this long lost Apple album was coming out on CD, having been overlooked in the label reissue series a couple of years ago, and during the first such campaign in the 90's.

Anyone who's familiar with the Van Eaton song "Sweet Music" which was on the Apple Records "Best Of" compilation knows how good these NJ brothers sound. Very Beatle-esque (kind of hard not to be when you're working with George Harrison and Ringo Starr c.1971-72), but the other material on the album is equally impressive. Small wonder that George, Ringo and John Lennon all loved their demo tape, a testament unto itself in that they were signed via the "traditional" submission of a demo route, given Apple's culture of getting signed to the label based on "who you knew".

This was one of those "critics darlings" albums (both Billboard and Rolling Stone simply RAVED about it) which was criminally overlooked, largely due to the label falling apart in the wake of the Beatles break-up.

Having the generous dose of bonus tracks allows us to hear what the original album would have played like, before decisions were made to rework some of the tunes and swap out others.

It's a great slice of early 70's album rock, with some spectacular melodies. Listen closely to "Without The Lord". You'll never listen to George Harrison's "Miss O'Dell" the same way again.

We're blessed to have this delightful album available again.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A missing gem from the Apple vaults 22 Sep 2012
By steve_manassas - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
Though Lon and Derrek Van Eaton's 1973 Apple album, BROTHER [LP VINYL] was actually the first album recorded at the new Apple studios in Savile Row, it was overlooked for re-release on CD, both in the early 1990s and the second set of remastered reissues in 2010. Their George Harrison-produced single, "Sweet Music," does appear on Come and Get It: The Best of Apple Records, which is also part of the Apple Records Box Set.

Now, thanks to the UK label RPM Records (no relation to the US-based Tony Bennett imprint of the same name), BROTHER finally makes its CD debut, under license from Apple and EMI. And quite a gem it is too, as it is a fine example of early '70s pop rock, with traces of bluegrass and jazz thrown in. Produced by longtime Beatles associate Klaus Voormann, except for "Sweet Music," the CD also contains several bonus tracks, including the B-side "Song of Songs," a 2012 remix of "Sweet Music," and several demos and alternate takes from the Apple recording sessions in London that were left off of the original album in favor of several tracks recorded at Bell Sound in New York. The brothers also play most of their own instruments, although they are nicely augmented by several top-flight session musicians, including Klaus Voormann, Ringo Starr, Peter Frampton, Mike Hugg, Jim Gordon, and several others.

Except for those titles owned or issued by other labels (see my review of the Apple Records Box Set for details), I believe the only non-Beatles Apple release left is the 1972 John-and-Yoko produced Elephant's Memory album. Perhaps RPM can make that their next CD issue, with Yoko's blessing.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They play and sing it with Sweet Music! 23 July 2012
By Jason P. Pumphrey - Published on Amazon.com
Finally released on CD, Brother is a lost gem.

Originally on vinyl, it was released on Apple Records.
There was a sinlge released:, "Sweet Music" (which sounds very similar to George Harrsion's Is'nt It A Pity? (version one) which could have been a big hit but did'nt despite the fact Ringo Starr and sesion man Jim Gordon (he is now in prison for murder of his mother) played dual drums on it, and a killer sax solo at the end by Lon Van Eaton.
This album has a vast array of musical styles on it, actually no two songs on the album resemble each other.
The Van Eaton Bros themselves were multi talented:
Lon played Piano, Guitar, Sax, Drums
and Derrek played Bass, Flute, Guitar and Drums
Klaus Voorman plays on one track.
The original LP came with a cool insert as well.
The album cover picture might have been part of the problem why the LP was not a big seller.

the original LP track listing:

side one: (full Apple)

Warm Woman (recorded on two domestic tape recorders at Lon and Derreks home!, also was released as a single in UK)
Sun Song (a song with some great hooks, could have been a hit)
More Than Words
Hear My Cry
Without The Lord (bluegrass)
Sweet Music

side two (half Apple)

Help Us All
Maybe Theres Another
Ring (funky!)
Sunshine
Another Thought (sounds a lot like a John Lennon tune!)
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Apple's Best 5 April 2014
By Sky Blue Cross - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I can't put into words how much I love this album. It is easy to see/hear why Messers Starkey and Harrison were so ecstatic about the Van Eaton brothers. A true gem.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great re-issue.... 23 Mar 2014
By P Parker - Published on Amazon.com
Verified Purchase
I had the original LP back in the 80's that I purchased for $2.00 new... Back then I didn't care for it..
I bought the Apple CD box set and head "Sweet Music" - I then bought this CD and started playing it...
Loved every track on it...
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for similar items by category


Feedback