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on 11 February 2017
If you are a Beatles or Apple Records fan...this is for you. There are some real jems here. It is a lot of money to pay and it can be quite hard to find but if you look around you can find a good deal and in my opinion, it is well worth it.
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on 20 August 2013
A nice start on the individual albums on CD, but where are the other artists...The Iveys + Bonus Tracks?, Derek & Lon Van Eaton's Brother + Bonus Tracks?,
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on 7 March 2013
Apple Corps may have suffered in a variety of ways and much has been written about how it failed. The content of this box set clearly shows just how right they were in the artists that they signed.

I agree with another reviewer who said the box itself is flimsy, true, could be better. The CDs themselves, packaging and quality are spot on. A worthy addition.
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on 28 October 2010
this is a fine collection, but where are the rest of LPs, like Elephant's Memory, Raga, David Peel, Lon and Derek Van Eaton, Iveys, Shankar, etc ...? all with beatles involved playing or producing, and also why not a complete collection of The Apple Singles A+Bs not included in any LP?, well this is better than nothing
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on 27 October 2010
Seeing as my first review has been 'blocked' by someone at Amazon I'll try again (Why?!) This is a collection of 2010 re-masters of some of the LP's released by that label between 1968 - 1974.
On the plus side the set works out quite cheaply per disc (there's 17 CD's in here) & we have new sleeve notes, some new photos & the previously mentioned new remastering.
On the minus side, as a previous reviewer has mentioned, the receptacle that holds all the CD's is akin to a small cornflake box in its rigidity. You need to be very careful when handling this. Also an extra booklet with maybe a UK/US discography and some extra photos wouldn't go amiss. I'd be quite happy to pay an extra £5-10 for a rigid box & an extra booklet, but I don't work for Apple so it's not up to me! For another few pounds on top of that maybe a DVD with some Apple promo films, etc.? Oh well, that's what I would have done but there you go.
In conclusion, nice to see all these available again but marred by a flimsy box. Maybe I could try and make my own unique wooden box to hold them all in (...now there's an idea!)
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on 25 October 2010
as an avid Apple collector since the late 60s, i was really looking forward to receiving this box set.
Unforunately, the 'box' is nothing more than a flimsy thin cardboard carton with a tuck in lid, which will tear very easily..........i was expecting a rigid card box. poor compared with the lavish lennon signature box.
Not easy to remove a single cd for fear of tearing...easier to tip them all out
However, the mini albums are all very nice, each complete with informative booklets, and the extras discs are great.
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on 12 May 2012
Hello All,

What's included in this box is a great variety of superb music, some with much help from a Beatle or two or three; plus some appearances by Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Steven Stills, Ginger Baker, Ray Charles (!) and others. Many tracks have no hands-on Beatle help but are still excellent, highly enjoyable music. The box focuses on the large amount of fine music released by Apple Records from 1968-1974 by artists other than by the Beatles or John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr solo material. The purpose of the rest of this review is to shed a little light on what was originally released by Apple, but isn't included in this box set.

The Iveys (early Badfinger) 1992 cd "Maybe Tomorrow" and Badfinger's 2010 "Magic Christian Music" cd share 12 tracks. These 12 on "Magic Christian Music" 2010 are remixed, alternate and mono versions of the tracks from "Maybe Tomorrow". Disc 16, exclusive to this box set, contains mono versions of 'Dear Angie', 'Think About the Good Times', 'No Escaping Your Love', and 'Yesterday Ain't Coming Back'.

The 9 tracks *only* on the "Maybe Tomorrow" '92 cd are these in stereo: 'See-Saw Granpa', 'Think About the Good Times', 'Yesterday Ain't Coming Back', 'Sali Bloo', 'I've Been Waiting', 'And Her Daddy's a Millionaire' (original version, '92 mix), 'No Escaping Your Love'. In mono: 'Mrs. Jones' ('92 mix), and 'Looking For My Baby' ('92 mix). So this box set excludes *any* version of only one Ivey's song, 'Looking For My Baby'. Whew! Clear? Then explain it to me.

Mary Hopkin's Those Were the Days was also released on cd in the UK, 1995. It had some of the "pop music" songs of which Mary has made clear she was not too fond, and are not included in this box set. These songs are: 1.) 'Temma Harbour', 2.) 'Knock Knock Who's There' (both Top Five UK hits), 3.) 'Think About Your Children' (Top Twenty UK), 4.) 'Que Sera Sera'(produced by McCartney, musical contributions by McCartney & Ringo), 5.) 'Lontano degli occhi', and 6.) 'Heritage'. Also a b-side that has never made it to cd, 'I'm Going To Fall In Love Again'. The songs from this album that Mary preferred have been added as bonus tracks to Postcard and Earth Song, Ocean Song.

Allen Klein (ABKCO) apparently owned the film and soundtrack rights to EL TOPO and Come Together Soundtrack, which were released via Apple. ABKCO released "EL Topo" as a dvd/cd El Topo, El Topo Soundtrack [DVD] A Film Of Alejandro Jodorowsky. The film or soundtrack of "Come Together" remain unreleased.

Raga, Original Soundtrack LP by Ravi Shankar has been sold, licensed, or loaned to Ravi's own label, East Meets West, as part of Ravi's 90th-year reissue series. The (former?) Apple film and soundtrack have been released on dvd, Raga: A Film Journey to the Soul of India with the soundtrack additionally available as a download. The download names all the same titles as the Apple lp, and even thought the total time of the lp (38:20) and the same download tracks (38:49) are close, the different timings on some of the individual tracks vary from a few seconds to several minutes! The download adds 4 bonus tracks, 3 of which are Ravi speaking. Total download set clocks in at 49:29. The Apple double-cd Ravi Shankar & Ali Akbar Khan in Concert 1972 was issued on cd in the UK, 1996. It may also appear later on Ravi's label, though as of April 2012, it has not been issued. Two new East Meets West Ravi albums have been announced, neither ever on Apple.

Yoko Ono reissued her four Apple albums - "Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band", "Fly", "Approximately Infinite Universe", "Feeling The Space" - and three Apple albums with John Lennon: "Unfinished Music 1: Two Virgins"; "Unfinished Music #2: Life With The Lions" (on Zapple); and "Wedding Album", all on the RykoDisc label, 1997, along with the rest of her catalog to that time. The Plastic Ono Band's "Live Peace In Toronto 1969" had an Apple/EMI cd release in 1995.

"Phil Spector's Christmas Album" was released first on Spector's Philles label in 1961, and after it's release on Apple in 1972, has appeared on the Warner-Spector label and others - now on cd as "A Christmas Gift for You".

The Delaney & Bonnie album was cancelled by Apple, but is available on cd as "Original Delaney & Bonnie: Accept No Substitute". "Listening to Richard Brautigan" a cancelled Zapple lp, was issued by The Collector's Choice label on cd, 2005.

One song by Trash, 'Golden Slumbers-Carry That Weight' is on "...The Best Of Apple Records". As far as the rumored Trash album, and unreleased recordings from the group Mortimer, Apple knows, Apple decides. Same for "The Beatles Christmas Album" of comedy skits including bits of music. It is available in edited version as an extra on the Beatles "Rockband" game software.

David Peel's album "The Pope Smokes Dope" has been released on cd twice; an import version in 2000, and again on Peel's own Orange Records label, date unknown - but never officially by Apple.

So what Apple albums are still unreleased by any label on cd? 1.) "Brother" by Lon and Derrek Van Eaton (One track is on "Come and Get It: The Best of Apple Records", included in this box set), 2.) "Elephant's Memory" by the Elephant's Memory Band. Also missing, the Ravi Shankar and Chorus e.p. "Joi Bangla/Oh Bhaugowan/Raga Mishra - Jhinjhoti". As far as singles: two A-sides - 'Road To Nowhere' by Trash, 'Goodbye Sweet Lorraine' by Chris Hodge; and 11 B-sides by Black Dyke Mills Band, Trash (2), Brute Force, Hot Chocolate Band, Mary Hopkin (1 - see above), Ronnie Spector, Lon and Derrek Van Eaton, Chris Hodge (2), and Sundown Playboys.

Since John Lennon and Yoko Ono produced, recorded, and performed with the Elephant's Memory Band, that album may be owned by the Lennon Estate. Likewise, ownership of the Billy Preston and Radha Krishna Temple (London) Apple albums are listed as owned by Umlaut Corp., a branch of the Harrison Estate, on the "...Best of Apple Records" cd booklet.

As far as the packaging, I was hopeful enough to think it would be in a little wood crate. But it's cardboard (think of a cereal box). Not the best choice, but also not as flimsy as some descriptions I've seen. Who knows how much a wood or plastic crate would have added to the price (and detracted from the "green" aspect)? But a firm box, such as with the box sets by the Beatles, Lennon, and Harrison seems reasonable and is an odd oversight.

To a point raised by another reviewer here, about George's Dark Horse label and Starr's Ring O'Records: Two Ravi Shankar lps from George Harrison's Dark Horse label, plus one previously on Angel Records (Capitol's Classical label), and an unreleased film are available on the beautiful box set "Collaborations" (3CD/1DVD). The 3 cds are available separately as downloads.

Sorry, but I have no info on the status of Ring O'Records or Ringo's early 2000 Pumpkin label.

I hope this helps to answer some questions. Information about Apple Records releases comes from my own personal collection and from the book "All Together Now: The First Complete Beatles Discography 1961-1975", by Harry Castleman & Walter J. Podrazik.
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on 25 October 2010
Lo and Behold it finally happened. Thank the Apple Gods for this miracle. (Thank the Fabs for the miracle of Apple!) One of the best, most eclectic music collections of all time with 10-star albums of true brilliance such as Lomax, Troy, Hopkin - Earth Song and MJQ plus the great Tavener, Radha Krsna Temple, Preston and Taylor albums and of course two Badfinger classics. The re-mastering job is bloody amazing, vastly superior to the previous CDs from 1991. Not to mention special guest musicians/artists scattered throughout: Harrison, McCartney, Starr, Lennon, Clapton, Donovan, Stephen Stills, Nicky Hopkins, Klaus Voorman, Danny Thompson, Dave Cousins, Tony Visconti and more. !!
The proverbial icing on the proverbial cake is the "Thingumybob" single and the Ronnie Spector single "Try Some Buy Some", first time ever on CD. Hallelujah!
However, three annoying omissions:
-the b-side of "Thingumybob", the Black Dyke Mills cover of "Yellow Submarine"
-b-side of "Try Some Buy Some": "Tandoori Chicken"
-Ravi Shankar single "Joi Bangla"
None of these have ever been released on CD (Note, the Shankar b-side "Oh Bhagawan" was released in the Shankar 4 CD box In Celebration). Why were they not included on either the Best of Apple CD or the bonus CD? Baffling. These are all great songs and vinyl sounds so noisy so digital versions are very needed.
So let's pray to the Apple Gods for these three pieces to get a CD/digital release.
Regardless, this box set is an essential item.
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on 6 September 2011
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.

Rant over.
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on 10 July 2011
I expected a rigid card box like Beatles mono box. By the way, music is very good and it's a good opportunity to appreciate wonderful sound produced by the Beatles' Apple records. A Beatles' collector should have it. Sound is very clear, but I don't understand why it contains among titles THE BEST OF, a cd collection of the same songs in the box.
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