The Apple Years Box set, CD+DVD
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The Apple Years features 6 albums remastered and released both individually and as part of The Apple Years box set in a package that will mirror the 2004 ‘Dark Horse Years’ box set. 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.
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Anyway, back to what is actually here. You get all the studio albums from Wonderwall and Electronic Sound recorded whilst George was still in The Beatles, through to Extra Texture. The albums are presented in thick cardboard gatefolds with inner sleeves and informative booklets with new notes. All Things Must Pass is the same edition as the 2001 release but with the b&w cover restored. The notes for this release come in the enclosed extra hardback book which is glossy and contains good photographs too. It was interesting to read another reviewer state that this sounded less compressed than the 2001 release. All the discs seem less loud than previous CD versions and certainly have more dynamic contrast than contemporary releases.
There are extra tracks on most of the albums which were not included on the original CDs.Read more ›
It's the same style as before but unlike that previous box, the easily breakable jewel cases have been dispensed with and each is in the 'new standard' card case, which I think is better. Included is a 48 page glossy book with plenty of unseen photos (tape boxes included) and a decent narrative from Kevin Howlett, and each disc, bar 'All Things Must Pass', which has no booklet or text, and 'Living In The Material World', contains an essay by the same author.
A fusion of Indian and Western music. Though it might not sound appealing, and it probably works better in conjunction with the film, there are some decent tunes here. Phasing guitars, honky-tonk piano and banjos all mix with sitars, tablas, tamburas, etc. to produce some country, psychedelic, spy music and some heavy (for the time) stuff, too. It's not as bad as you might think. Harrison does play on this, alongside the Remo 4, Eric Clapton, Ringo and others. Of the three bonus tracks, the most interesting, in title at least, is 'The Inner Light'. It's an alternate instrumental take, though not wildly different, with some preceding studio chatter.Read more ›
And boy was it worth the wait!
First of all let's look at the actual box itself: a thing of beauty, small yet perfectly formed. It sits perfectly on the bookshelf, occupying a space the size of maybe 9 or 10 CD albums. The lid is very well designed so that you can access the discs directly from the shelf without taking the box down, and of course having George's face looking down at me is no bad thing.
The booklet that accompanies the set is also beautiful: a hard back book with 'almost plastic' pages, which are very lightly laminated to ensure that years of use will be hard to detect - bravo Apple on doing such an amazing job designing this! The contents are extensive, offering a brilliant insight into the recording of every single track on the set. My only minor gripe, as an audiophile, is that they have not given take numbers and detailed recording information for the bonus tracks; for example 'The Inner Light' bonus track is actually Take 8, but this information is not listed (a very minor point as the information available is excellent). But overall both the liner notes for each disc, and the hard book are top notch.
In terms of the audio content, every single tracks has been newly remastered, contrasting even with existing digital recordings. For example, certain tracks actually play at a different speed (and therefore key), showing an amazing attention to detail when revisiting these tracks after so many years (this must be Dani Harrison's positive influence).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I debated long and hard about this purchase – I love George Harrison and already have his Dark Horse Box Set. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mr. N. J. Norris
well packaged and arrived before advised delivery date. excellent. would recommend.Published 18 months ago by david kewley
Husband really happy especially as CDs have different covers and variations of songs on so they are different from the ones he already hasPublished 18 months ago by Allison