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  • Audio CD (22 Sept. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD
  • Label: Apple Corps
  • ASIN: B00MG4CUH4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,480 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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With the release of this box, the remastering and deluxe presentation of George's canon of solo albums is complete. If you have this and The Dark Horse Years box then the only officially released albums missing are the posthumous Brainwashed which came beautifully packaged at the time of release and The Concert for Bangladesh which was subject to remastering in the mid 2000s. I guess there is an argument for including TCFB in this box. It was, after all, a significant release on Apple and featured a great set by George. It can't be excluded on the grounds of being a live album (The Dark Horse Years includes the double Live in Japan set) so the only explanation for its exclusion here is either that it features sets by other artists or Apple no longer have the publishing rights (I notice my CD reissue is actually on Sony subsidiary Epic).

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.
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By Quiverbow TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Sept. 2014
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A decade ago, 'The Dark Horse Years, 1976-1992' was released. That six album (on seven CDs) set brought together all George's releases on his own label. In one handy box, it was accompanied by a DVD of various promos and some in concert footage. Ten years later, the Harrison estate has seen fit to issue something similar that encompasses all six of his solo LPs (also on seven CDs) issued on Apple called, unsurprisingly, 'The Apple Years, 1968-75', once again accompanied by a DVD. So, let's "Open the box!"

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.
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I'm a big fan of the Fab Four, both solo and together, yet much of the material on this set has alluded me over the year, so when this box set was announced I saw it as the perfect opportunity to catch up on what I have missed out on for so many years.
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).
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