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This review is from: Apple Box Set (Audio CD)
Quite what the criteria was for assembling this box I'm sure there will be those privvy to know. I reckon if Neil Aspinall had been around he would have vetoed this box's release. Granted it IS representative of what Apple did but it is FAR from a complete representation. It's obvious too from the format of some of the CD's that the box is an afterthought to the release of the individual albums. Is Apple at fault here, or is it EMI, or a little bit of both? What or whoever, it's disappointing to see the MJQ and John Tavener albums issued as two-fers - a format I always disliked - something about it says "cheap". OK, so you're getting two albums for the price of one, but when you're already paying £100 for a collection, would £110 have been such a put-off to obtaining two more discs in a more original representation? I think not. And where's the Ivey's disc? Lon & Derek? Elephant's Memory, etc.?
Also tacky and ill-considered is the design of the dig-pacs. Like "The Beatles In Stereo" these dig-pacs have that awful side-strip proclaiming "Apple Records" but which in most cases ruins the visual impact and degenerates any notion of originality by, in most cases, being laid in a colour that totally clashes with the the colour of the album which it adorns. Given some "designer" has been paid good money to come up with this it begs the question: has "design" itself become so pastiche that there's really nothing left to design but to endlessly repeat things that have already been, or create such ruinations as those which have ruined the packaging on these releases simply for the sake of adding a sort of begging signiture? WHY?
To my mind Apple/EMI have made a complete pig's ear of these releases and could have done themselves - and the buying public - a real favour by taking a leaf out of the Japanese' book and releasing this stuff in the style of the "Beatles In Mono" box: beautiful mini-albums in facsimilie repros of the original album sleeves - without the ugly signiture up the face side of the packs. Yes, they could have done that, and released the rest of the Apple Records catalogue for the historical case of completion rather that simple representation.
They could have added some real value touches too, such as a repro of the "Wall's Ice Cream EP" sampler.
The music on here is utterly fabulous - there just isn't enough of it. Hence just three stars.
Another fantastic oppotunity ruined yet again by people who really shouldn't be in the record business.