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Product details

  • Audio CD (8 Aug. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B0057OOPJG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stars In Her Eyes
2. In Every Place
3. My Heavy Head
4. Chelsea Sky
5. Just Like Sorrow
6. Closer
7. Goodbye Man
8. Reach Out For The Sun
9. Today
10. I Don't Really Know
11. Dear Miss Finland
12. The Man You Used To Be
13. 3 Colors (B-Side)
14. A Beautiful Place (B-Side)
15. Time (B-Side)
16. Shine (B-Side)
17. The Brightest Pearl (B-Side)
18. Going Somewhere (B-Side)
19. The End (Previously Unreleased)

Product Description

�· After 1995's `Tangled' Nick Heyward left Epic Records and took some time out to play with other artists. It was whilst playing bass for Ed Ball that he came in to contact with Alan McGee and was signed to Creation Records.

�· Releasing `The Apple Bed' in 1998, showed a rawer edge to Heyward's sound without losing his ability to write a catchy bittersweet pop song.

�· The album included the singles `Today', `The Man You Used To Be' and `Stars In Her Eyes'.

�· It received mixed reviews upon its release but the following tour took in sold out shows in the UK, USA and Japan.

�· This reissue has been personally overseen by Nick and expanded from its original 12 track form to include a further 7 rare b-sides and a previously unreleased track `The End' which aptly was the last track he recorded with `The Apple Bed' touring band.

�· It also features a newly created 16 page booklet with notes from Nick and rare previously unseen photos from Nick's archive.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chulsk on 30 Dec. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Quality pop song LP, with cheery melody oozing from every track. The Beatles influence throughout is obvious (I think!), but then most top quality records have that kind of feel. This is the sort of record that should nhave re-launched old nick, but unfortunately it's not hip is it to tell your friends that you've been listening to an 80's has been. There's no point in looking for deep meanings here, but if you just want a great noise & a bit of feel good, wack it on & you can't be disappointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. H. Campbell on 12 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
...Initial impressions were catchy and breezy but without being lightweight. The album definately grows on you with its string arrangements for Cello and dynamic un-squashed sound, unlike much top 40 albums since the early 90's
A mature effort from the Haircut 100 frontman.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ant Lupton the Croxley Groover on 22 Mar. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
One of the great things about being 50+ is that trends and peer pressure matter even less than they did in your misspent youth. You just get on with listening to what you like, and sod what other people think. And if only more people could hear this powerhouse of ballsy, melodic, pop/rock and judge it on its own terms, rather than as a late album by that Haircut 100 geezer, I'm sure it would have sold a helluva lot more copies by now. It's an album that goes straight for the jugular, a killer combination of electric guitars, cellos and rich harmonies - pop/rock of lasting quality, with one foot in the 60s and the other in the 90s. From the spine-tingling melancholia of 'In Every Place', with its mournful cello echoing the sentiment "they'll make you laugh, then break your heart", to 'The Man You Used To Be' and many more in between, the pace never lets up. I can only echo the sentiment expressed elsewhere that Nick's B-Sides are often better than other people's A-sides - witness 'A Beautiful Place', 'Time' and 'Shine', just for starters. Yes, there are echoes of The Beatles, Beach Boys and the Jam, but there's nothing wrong with wearing your influences on your sleeve when you deliver an album this strong. Yes, I really like them apples.....
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By peter reed on 4 Nov. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Nick can do no wrong, apart from not replying to my invitation asking him to come to my party.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
How in the world...?! 8 Sept. 2004
By Steven E. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
...could anybody possibly give this record 1 star?! Admittedly, I don't usually write CD reviews here at Amazon.com, but when I read a previous review which "boo'd" Apple Bed I had to chime in. Obviously everyone is entitle to their own opinion, but I must say, to complain that Nick Heyward isn't putting out the same music today as he did in the early 80's is complete garbage. Nick Heyward grew and so must you grasshopper.

And grow our little Nick did! He has put on a few pounds of muscle and developed many, many layers of pop music magnificence. The music's brilliant is in it's simplicity. On Nick's later work (From Monday to Sunday to now) he has cultivated his pop sensibilities while leaving behind all the (glorious) camp of Haircut 100. And YES, Haircut were fantastic in their day, but if Mr. Heyward had continued to put out the same music as he did in his boyhood band, he would have road out of town on a sad, nostalgic wave. Nick has matured and so has his music. The boyish charm still shines through on every glittering track, each one a pure pop masterpiece. If only Oasis were this catchy!

Its a real chore for me to pick my fav tracks on this wonderful work, but I will try: In Every Place, Just Like Sorrow, Reach Out For The Sun, The Man I Used To Be...really, they are ALL great!

If you are from Southern California I defy you to find a better soundtrack than the one supplied by Nick Heyward as you drive down Pacific Coast Highway. And if you are a true Nich Heyward fan YOU MUST find all of the b-sides of the singles from "From Monday to Sunday", "Tangled", and "The Apple Bed". This guy's b-sides are better than a lot of artists' careers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
a true gem 2 April 1999
By jums@ripco.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If Oasis was a tad less derivative of the Beatles, could write intelligent lyrics and sing better they'd sound like this CD - and I like Oasis! Beatleseque in the best sense of the word, I liked this CD the first time I heard it and couldn't stop returning to it until every note was bouncing around my head.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
pretty-boy pop done well 27 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Apple Bed is typical of most Nick Heyward material in that within a song it is possible to be tapping your toes, swooning to a crooned melody, and laughing at something stupid all at once. Let's break those down one at a time, shall we? Heyward writes the best kind of catchy pop, always rising and falling, with Paul McCartney melodies. He dresses them up with strings and horns, and these arrangements walk the tightrope between fussy roccocco-ness and beautiful emphasis. But he doesn't fall. So points for that. However, the Apple Bed shows Nick seeming like he wants to "rock," which is quite funny, really, and not in a flattering way. So we get these very produced guitar bits that sound like a committee of 300 producers took a vote on how to make it sound tough. All of which does not succeed, but it somehow still appeals within the ornate pop prettiness. You can just kind of chuckle at it while still nodding your head to the tune. No song showcases this fun, strange combination better than "The Goodbye Man," which opens with a great "ba-ba-ba" explosion and bounces happily along. But our fun almost (almost) gets tempered by the unintentionally hilarious Heyward line "I'd like to be a supernatural freak." C'mon, Nick, you can't fool us with your fussed hair and GQ threads. You're nobody's supernatural freak, and thats...okay. Love yourself, Nick, and let Marilyn Manson be a supernatural freak. You keep the hair combed and the songs catchy. The two best songs on the album are melancholy ones, "In Every Place" and "The Man You Used to Be." I've no idea what they're about, but they still just kind of choke me up for the three minutes each they run. But that's all I want. And from Nick Heyward, that's all you'll get. And that's...OK. He's good enough, he's smart enough, and goshdarnit, people like him. Supernatural freak: that just kills me. Maybe he plays tambourine on the upcoming Manson album?
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An excellent beatleish, catchy, harder Heyward. 22 Sept. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent, most enjoyable work. I believe that Heyward is at the top of his form - it would be hard for any Beatle fan not to like this work.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Nothing like "From Monday to Sunday" 26 May 2006
By William D. Hawkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
And that's a bad thing.

Just not at all what I was expecting, and not the sort of music I could listen to again and again (as I can with FMTS). Very disappointing.
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