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Apple Records Box Set [Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered]

Apple Records Box Set Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 25, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 17
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00421VR3C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Contains all 15 Apple Catalog Remasters Plus 2 Additional Bonus CD's that contain additional tracks from each of the artists! Packaging: 15CD, 4 panel digipak's with 16 page booklet plus 2 additional CD's in digipak's with no book all in a folding box "

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80 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Reasons For What's Missing October 27, 2010
By Skeet9
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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 appearances by Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Steven Stills, Ginger Baker, Ray Charles and others. The remastering overall is very good, especially improving Badfinger's "Ass" and Billy Preston's "Encouraging Words". 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 the Beatles together or individually. 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. (Updates listed at end of review.)

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 previously released by Apple, 'Looking For My Baby'. Whew! Clear? Then explain it to me.

Mary Hopkin's
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tale of Two Box Sets October 31, 2010
Format:Audio CD
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It was the best of box sets; it was the worst of box sets...
This week, I purchased the Apple box set and "Collaborations" by Ravi Shankar and George Harrison.
Quite a difference.
While the Shankar set is a beautifully-assembled collection, obviously put together with love, the Apple set, despite the fine music, reminds me of those cheapo mullti-sets that you find for sale next to the flashlight batteries at a highway rest stop.
It's a shame because for those of us who remember Apple as an imaginative company with a very special place in musical history, this is a sad legacy.
Each individual CD is a masterpiece of remastering with great booklets, gatefolds, and plenty of bonus cuts. However, the package, as pointed out, is a thin and flimsy box that is sure to rip on the folds within a month. Be careful because if you don't carry it by the bottom, the box will give way, spilling your $300 worth of music all over the floor.
"Collaborations" has three CDs, a DVD, a beautiful hardcover book with many color photos, a numbered certificate, all in an elegant box with a bookmark ribbon.
Let's keep in mind the price difference too. Apple ran me $285 while Ravi's collection cost $55.
Here's a few suggestions Apple should have considered:
* A DVD of press conferences, newsreels, etc. that would have captured a visual scrapbook of that great company.
* A booklet about the Apple company with release dates and info.
* A CD of b-sides and withdrawn songs.
* A BETTER BOX! How about a fake Apple crate (wood or plastic) like the original albums once came in?
To me, Apple was much more than just the music. The home of the Beatles, it was a philosophy and a state of mind that will probably never return.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overdue, Incomplete, It's Not A "Box" October 27, 2010
By Gerry B
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Well, finally, most of Apple's catalog is back in print. Most. Elephant's Memory, Lon & Derek Von Eaton, et al, are missing. Mary Hopkin's Those Were The Days, well, the list goes on, really. They're not here. It took entirely too long for this to see the light of day, and it emerges with parts missing.
What is here is wonderful, including all four Badfinger Apple albums, both Billy Preston releases, and both John Tavener works. Those are long overdue for rerelease. It's about time.
It's a stretch to call this a "box set." This is not a box. This is a thin folded cardboard wrapper that will not hold up to regular access in good condition. Die cutting tabs on the wrapper does not make it a box. Indeed, it's not as sturdy as the average frozen dinner box. For the money, this could have been much better packaging.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent but not perfect collection November 20, 2010
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This 17-CD set is an excellent overview of Apple's non-Beatle catalog. It includes a 2-CD set of bonus songs otherwise available only as digital downloads, and the new compilation COME AND GET IT: THE BEST OF APPLE RECORDS.

The Badfinger, Billy Preston, Doris Troy, and Jackie Lomax albums all sound much better than their previous CD incarnations. I also enjoyed the Mary Hopkin, Modern Jazz Quartet, and James Taylor albums. The only ones I didn't care for were THE RADHA KRSNA TEMPLE and the John Tavener albums THE WHALE and CELTIC REQUIEM.

Most of the CDs either carry over the bonus tracks from previous CDs or add new ones. Some of the earlier bonus tracks have been transferred to the bonus album, or to other CDs.

The ones that are missing entirely include: The Iveys' "Storm In A Teacup" (stereo) and "Arthur," from the 1991 version of Badfinger's MAGIC CHRISTIAN MUSIC. Both these tracks are on the bonus album (the former in mono, the latter in a much different mix). Badfinger's NO DICE is missing Geoff Emerick's version of "Get Down" (the Mal Evans version appears on the bonus album); and "Friends Are Hard To Find" (a completely different version appears on the new NO DICE CD under the title "Photograph" (not related to Ringo's 1973 #1 hit).

The 1996 version of Badfinger's ASS contained the bonus track "Do You Mind." The 2010 version has a different take of that song.

Jackie Lomax's IS THIS WANT YOU WANT omits the outtake "Won't You Come Back" and the 3:15 stereo version of "New Day" (the new CD, and COME AND GET IT, use the 2:49 UK mono single mix; the bonus album has a 2:49 stereo edit).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Should Have Called it "(Kind of) The Best of Apple"
All of the CDs included here were some of the most memorable (and marketable) of the non-Beatle/Ono Apple releases.
So which ones are missing? Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Apple Boxed Set
The Box itself is quite nice and loaded with bonus material. Mind you, you have to be a real fan of the Apple label and how diverse it was at the onset. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Richard Senn
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Good, But missing something
This is a very good box set, but it's missing some albums, Such as Brother by Lon & Derrek Van Eaton, The Pope Smoke's Dope By David Peel & The Lower East Side, The El Topo... Read more
Published on September 28, 2011 by ethanjames93
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ITEM
The item was received very quickly and was a great buy.
Published on February 12, 2011 by Karen Kruse
4.0 out of 5 stars An adventure in musical diversity
This is not a box set. The so called box would be laughable if not so painfully pathetic.
After the release of The Beatles stereo and mono box sets last year my expectations... Read more
Published on February 6, 2011 by swansong
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Retrospective
Excellent retrospective of the Apple Records legacy. A must buy for all who lived during those heady days or remember that era. Read more
Published on January 8, 2011 by Kenneth G. Angelo
4.0 out of 5 stars For Apple- and Badfinger Collectors
This comprehensive Apple may be primarily intended for hardcore collectors of Apple Records. The spread of genres is so large that it is difficult to imagine that there can be many... Read more
Published on January 8, 2011 by Morten Vindberg
2.0 out of 5 stars Where is Elephants Memory???
Complete box set???
Where is Elephants Memory, Ravi Shankar (In Concert 1972 & Raga), Come Together and El Topo soundtracks, and David Peel.
Published on December 18, 2010 by Jeffrey Razook
4.0 out of 5 stars Great content, lousy packaging, missing booklet
Like many of the reviewers before me, I love the fact that Apple Records has finally released their catalog on remastered CDs. The quality of the recordings has never been better. Read more
Published on November 18, 2010 by Roger D. Osburn
4.0 out of 5 stars Seventeen albums of diversity
This is a great selection of diverse artists remastered with great care. It's a great way to bring the total cost down by buying all 15 albums together and the only way of getting... Read more
Published on November 7, 2010 by Schofi
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How does the 2 CD Come And Get It compilation in this box set differ...
The "Come and Get it" cd in this box is only 1 disc and is identical to the one available separately.
Feb 8, 2011 by Skeet9 |  See all 2 posts
Price: US vs UK
Often the prices are left high maybe to avoid too many pre-orders (perhaps, i couldn't imagine too many of these box sets being manufactured)...but the prices come down or become more competitive usaully in 30 days to 2-3 days before the actual release...not sure if alot of strores in the states... Read More
Oct 5, 2010 by the Poet of yesterday |  See all 34 posts
Other Apple Releases
Hi All,

Just to shed a little light on the Apple 2010 omissions. When Apple and Allen Klein (ABKCO) severed ties, ABKCO apparently got the film and soundtrack rights to EL TOPO and Come Together Soundtrack. ABKCO released "EL Topo" as a dvd/cd... Read More
Oct 27, 2010 by Skeet9 |  See all 2 posts
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