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on 26 October 2010
The brand & the trademarked sliced fruit lasted longer than the label itself but for 3 or 4 years Apple was an intriguing & often inspirational enterprise that provided us with some great music & only one or 2 duds, depending on your tastes of course. It also managed to reflect the interests of Beatles John, George & Paul in quite uncanny ways. Only Paul could have given us the Welsh songbird Mary Hopkin, for example, & only George could have recorded the Radha Krishna Temple- a kind of follow-up to his own Wonderwall Music. And only Apple could come up with a label 'taster' that features not a single track by a solo Beatle & I can't help thinking that another Apple compilation featuring solo Beatles singles from the same period would be quite tasty (sorry!). But the Fab 4 are here, there & everywhere (sorry again) on this record as they (particularly Paul & George) took an active part in the creation of many of these records. Indeed, Jackie Lomax's superb 'Soul Milk Sea' is practically a Beatles single with Lomax on guitar & vocals supported by George, Paul & Ringo. What I really like about this record is that it makes some lesser-known Apple artefacts from the Black Dyke Mills Band, Brute Force, Trash, Doris Troy, Ronnie Spector, Chris Hodge, Leon & Derreck von Eaton, & the Sundown Playboys available again at long last alongside more familiar fare from James Taylor, Billy Preston, Badfinger, Hot Chocolate & Mary Hopkin. I'm personally delighted to see the single edit of Billy Preston's 'That's The Way God Planned It' make what I believe might well be its CD debut (& was not that most of Blind Faith playing on that one?). Had this collection included Badfinger's glorious 'No Matter What' (my favourite non-Beatle track on Apple by a long mile) I'd have given it 5 stars. Not to worry. The chance to hail Brute Force's Mighty Fuh King all over again almost makes up for its absence!
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VINE VOICEon 5 November 2010
The best of Apple no way but as a collection from one of music's more esoteric periods and at a time of great upheaval in the Beatles camp, this collection somehow hangs together quite well.
This is a great place for instance to get Beatle rarity Paul McCartney's `Thingumybob', and Apple Rarity `King of Fuh' (well maybe that should have stayed in the can), there are however some classics, James Taylors `Caroline on my Mind' an early version, `Sour Milk Sea' by Jackie Lomax, `Those were the days' by Mary Hopkin, all instantly great tunes.
As with all compilations you get weaker tunes but this selection is very much fun to listen to and does stand more than one listen.
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on 28 October 2010
I had never heard any of the songs on this CD, but am a huge fan of The Beatles and their story so thought this would be an interesting insight into what their Apple Records label was about.

There isn't really a dud song on here...some are better than others, highlights for me include "Come and Get It" and "Those Were The Days", not to mention "Sour Milk Sea". A lot of the tracks were written by members of the Beatles, as well as featuring them playing and producing.

A good selection of songs which I think any record label would be proud to release on a compilation like this, and its a shame it took Apple this long to come up with something like this! Hopefully there will be more to come.
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on 4 November 2010
What a great idea. An excellent range of material from Apple, all collected together. This is just what I've been hoping for - too timid to buy lots of albums, I can now ease myself into the catalogue, so to speak, and explore many of these artists a little further.
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Beset by legal wrangles for much of its history, the music recorded for Apple has generally been less readily available than it would otherwise have been. Despite those problems, the important recordings, particularly by Badfinger and Mary Hopkin, have been available on CD. Nevertheless, a lot of other material has remained in the vaults. The release of this eclectic compilation apparently signifies the end of Apple's legal problems; let's hope so. The compilation is well presented, with the booklet containing copious notes about each song, which is particularly useful for learning a little about the obscure artists, though even the comments about the familiar songs may occasionally surprise you.

Of course, Mary Hopkin (Those were the days, Goodbye) and Badfinger (Come and get it, Day after day, plus Maybe Tomorrow, credited to the Iveys who evolved into Badfinger) are represented, .but the primary purpose of this compilation (apart from selling plenty of copies) is clearly to showcase the range of music recorded for Apple, and it does that superbly, with a great variety .of sounds and styles.

Aside from the tracks by Badfinger and Mary Hopkin, the compilation is notable for the inclusion of Carolina in my mind (James Taylor), Thingumybob (a TV theme by the Black Dyke Mills Band), two gospel recordings by Billy Preston (That's the way God planned it, plus a cover of My sweet Lord), an excellent track by the under-rated Doris Troy (Ain't that cute) and a cover of Give peace a chance, performed in a reggae style by the Hot Chocolate Band, who as Hot Chocolate became very successful throughout the seventies and early eighties.

There are a lot of other great tracks here, all of which were originally released as A-sides of singles, but not all of which charted. The story given about King of Fuh is somewhat amusing. It certainly isn't the best track here, but it never received airplay at the time so it is in effect a new release. The inclusion of such rarities makes the compilation is more interesting than it would have been had it focused exclusively on the big hits, but it also means that the compilation subtitle, Best of Apple records, is not entirely true. Still, those missing hits and other important recordings (such as Badfinger's original version of Without you) will surely appear on a future Apple compilation.

Enjoy this for what it is - a fascinating insight into the diverse music recorded for Apple records - and look forward to a follow-up compilation eventually.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 30 July 2016
This is a great collection of music, demonstrating the fantastic and diverse singer-songwriting talents of the late 1960's and early 1970's. But how much is this CD to buy? As I review, it's priced £52!!! That's an absurd price for one CD featuring 21 tracks. Given the price, I've knocked off a star ... and I suggest that, until the price reduces, buyers look for a more reasonable seller.

Apple was a great independent record label, and provided us with some amazing music. Of course, the 'big' act was the Beatles (followed, necessarily, by each solo ex-Beatle). But it also gave us Mary Hopkin, James Taylor, the Iveys / Badfinger, Jackie Lomax, Hot Chocolate, Billy Preston, and so many others. A boxset of albums was recently re-issued - see Apple Box Set - which testifies to such wonderful music, although it's vastly over-priced (£300+). I actually recommend seeking out each individual album, e.g. Mary Hopkin's Post Card (at just £6.50).

It's a joy to listen to these recordings. In every respect aside from the price, they're great!
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on 12 February 2011
This compilation presents a pleasing selection of Apple Records' greatest hits and misses, together with a helping of oddball curios to finish off the track listing.

Bringing together Mary Hopkin, Badfinger, and the under-valued Jackie Lomax alongside the pre-fame Hot Chocolate doing a reggae cover of 'Give Peace A Chance', The Black Dyke Mills Band oom-pah-pahing through a TV theme entitled 'Thingumybob' (written by Paul McCartney), and Brute Force's infamous 'King Of Fuh', this collection bears testament to an eclectic record company, and an enterprise which evoked the carefree spirit of the 1960s.

There really are some great records included here: Mary Hopkin's charming 'Goodbye'; Jackie Lomax's driving 'Sour Milk Sea'; Doris Troy's soulful 'Ain't That Cute'; Badfinger's 'Day After Day'; Billy Preston's 'That's The Way God Planned It'; and Scottish band Trash's brave cover of The Beatles' 'Golden Slumbers-Carry That Weight'. The commerciality of these singles makes such oddities as The Radha Krishna Temple's 'Govinda' (a Top 30 hit in spring 1970) and The Sundown Playboys' archaic piece of cajun 'Saturday Nite Special' seem even more off the wall; would record labels like Decca have granted vinyl room to such leftfield releases at the time?

Pleasingly packaged and with an informative booklet, COME AND GET IT: THE BEST OF APPLE RECORDS is a thoughtfully produced release, although there is room on the CD to have included Badfinger's other smash hit 'No Matter What', a song whose absence has prevented me from honouring this CD with five stars. But this is my only quibble with what is otherwise an enjoyable and enlightening compilation.
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on 14 February 2011
This collection of songs certainly brought back the memories. For all those who think that Apple Corps was a disaster, I urge you to get hold of this cd and give it a whirl. People have forgotten that the music side of Apple was very succesful even if you don't count the Beatles themselves, with James Taylor, Billy Preston, Mary Hopkin, Badfinger etc.
I loved listening again to songs I had forgotten or had once purchased on vinyl 45's which had long since scratched themselves out of existence.
It was brilliant to be able to hear the much mentioned (in Apple history circles) but seldom heard Jackie Lomax and realise just how good he really was. I liked the inclusion of 'lost' tracks by Trash, Hot Chocolate, Ronnie Spector and the RK Temple and just loved the brilliant Brute Force and Bill Elliot & the Elastic Oz Band numbers.
A truly brilliant compilation, well worth the money.
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Excellent collection of some of the many fine tracks from The Beatles' fab late 60s record company. I had always hoped this CD would come out one day.
Great sound quality and plenty of notes for those who like such things (me).

Open message to Apple : Thanks a lot for this disc, it's really excellent....Any chance of a follow-up ? The following tracks spring to mind : Do The Oz (Lennon vocal) ; No Matter What and Rock Of All Ages by Badfinger ; The Eagle Laughs At You - Jackie Lomax...a bit more Mary Hopkin (Sparrow)....add to these a few more from the back catalogue and I'd be very happy.
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Founded back in 1968 by The Beatles, Apple Records was the musical label of Apple Corps and was intended for creative projects by the group members plus also releasing records by selected other artistes. The whole thing came about though due to taxation and trying to be more efficient in what had to be paid.

All the tracks here have been re-mastered and are really good to listen to and probably depending on your age some of these will be well remembered. Of course some of the artistes here and some of the tracks have been forgotten, which in a way is good as it means new listeners will never have heard them before. Not all the tracks here are stereo, some are in mono, so please be warned. I think some may find the song ‘King Of Fuh’ by Brute Force amusing, as it shows how creative you had to be to be able to get a swear word into a track, unlike today where you can sing anything and stick an 'explicit lyrics' label on it.

I love listening to this as it gives you an eclectic range of popular music from the past, plus although I do know some of the tracks very well, some were new to me until I first heard them here.
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