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Come and Get It: The Best of Apple Records Original recording remastered

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Come and Get It: The Best Of Apple Records is the first commercially issued multi-artist compilation in the label’s history. This 21-track compilation of singles ranges from the folk-rooted tunes of Mary Hopkin and James Taylor, and the energetic rock of Badfinger (also The Iveys) and Jackie Lomax, to the deep soul of Doris Troy and Billy Preston.

Come and Get It displays Apple’s vibrant years of musical experimentation in full flower, from bona fide hit singles to the cult classics of the catalogue, as represented by brass band The Black Dyke Mills Band, Cajun collective The Sundown Playboys, and more. Hot Chocolate (as ‘The Hot Chocolate Band’) makes an appearance, as does Ronnie Spector, Bill Elliot & The Elastic Oz Band, Chris Hodge, Brute Force, and others.

Launched by The Beatles in 1968, Apple served as the new outlet for their own recordings as well as the music of an eclectic roster of artists who were all personally brought to the label by The Beatles (individually and/or collectively). In the revolutionary spirit of the times, Apple’s utopian artist-orientated mission celebrated diversity in a friendly creative environment. The result was a rainbow spectrum of music, from folk, rock and soul to The Modern Jazz Quartet and the work of contemporary British classical composer John Tavener.

1 Those Were The Days / Mary Hopkin
The multi-million selling debut 45 by Mary Hopkin was UK No. 1 for six weeks in 1968 and was produced by Paul McCartney, who discovered this 1920s Russian folk song in a London night club.

2 Carolina In My Mind / James Taylor
Taken from his self-titled debut album, this is the original version of ‘Carolina In My Mind’, cut in London in 1968. Issued as a US single, it features Paul McCartney on bass and George Harrison on backing vocals.

3 Maybe Tomorrow / The Iveys
The Iveys were brought to Apple by former Beatles roadie Mal Evans and ‘Maybe Tomorrow’ was a hit in Holland and a minor hit in the US, before the band changed its name to Badfinger.

4 Thingumybob / The Black Dyke Mills Band
Paul McCartney’s theme tune for a 1968 British TV comedy drama series, recorded by the most famous brass band in the world.

5 King Of Fuh / Brute Force
Brute Force is a New York songwriter and this single was championed by John Lennon and George Harrison, but ‘Fuh’ rhymes with ‘Uh’, and ‘the Fuh king’ was therefore banned back in 1969.

6 Sour Milk Sea / Jackie Lomax
Jackie Lomax has a great blue-eyed soul voice that more than does justice to this otherwise unavailable ‘White Album’-era song by George Harrison. Paul and Ringo provide rhythm and Eric Clapton plays lead guitar.

7 Goodbye / Mary Hopkin
Mary’s hugely successful follow-up to ‘Those Were The Days’ was written by Paul McCartney, and features Paul providing his own thigh-slapping percussion throughout.

8 That's The Way God Planned It / Billy Preston
Billy Preston’s breakthrough UK hit, reaching No. 11, features the stellar line-up of Billy on keyboards, George Harrison on guitar, Keith Richards on bass, Ginger Baker on drums and Eric Clapton on lead guitar.

9 New Day / Jackie Lomax
An original non-album Lomax 45 that was co-produced with Mal Evans, and single-handedly defines the Jackie Lomax sound: British soul meets R&B with horns.

10 Golden Slumbers-Carry That Weight / Trash
A powerful interpretation of two songs from The Beatles’ Abbey Road, recorded by Trash, a heavy Scottish group that came to Apple via their producer, former Shadows drummer Tony Meehan.

11 Give Peace A Chance / Hot Chocolate Band
This completely re-worded British reggae version of John Lennon’s peace anthem was brought to Apple in a one-off deal by the band that became hugely popular in the Seventies with a string of classic disco hits.

12 Come And Get It / Badfinger
Written and produced by Paul McCartney for The Magic Christian film starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr, ‘Come And Get It’ was a massive worldwide hit and the first record issued by The Iveys under their new name of Badfinger.

13 Ain't That Cute / Doris Troy
Soul singer-songwriter Doris Troy had scored hits before coming to Apple in 1969, and she and George Harrison wrote ‘Ain’t That Cute’ from scratch in the studio — the first time George had ever written a song that way.

14 My Sweet Lord / Billy Preston
George Harrison produced this soulful, gospel version of his most famous solo song, which he gave to Billy Preston before he had recorded it and released it himself.

15 Try Some Buy Some / Ronnie Spector
Ronnie Spector, one-time Ronette and former wife of legendary producer Phil, recorded this George Harrison original in 1971. George later re-cut it himself for Living In The Material World, using the exact same backing as Ronnie’s single.

16 Govinda / Radha Krishna Temple
‘Govinda’ is a Sanskrit hymn to Krishna, and was a UK Top 30 hit for the Radha Krishna Temple in 1970. Produced by George Harrison, who also plays bass and accordion.

17 We're On Our Way / Chris Hodge
In 1972, Chris Hodge, a young British pop singer with a fascination for UFOs, caught the attention of Ringo Starr who signed Chris to Apple. ‘We’re On Our Way’ was recorded at Apple’s own studio in the basement of 3 Savile Row, London, and was a hit in America.

18 Saturday Nite Special / The Sundown Playboys
‘Saturday Nite Special’ is a lover’s lament sung in Cajun French by this cross-generational collective from Louisiana, USA, who came to Apple when their teenage accordionist sent in the song on a whim.

19 God Save Us / Bill Elliot & The Elastic Oz Band
John Lennon and Yoko Ono wrote this fundraiser for the defense in the famous Oz Obscenity Trial of 1971 and produced it too with Mal Evans and Phil Spector. Vocalist Bill Elliot later signed to George Harrison’s Dark Horse label.

20 Sweet Music / Lon & Derrek van Eaton
New Jersey’s Lon & Derrek van Eaton were one of the last acts to sign to Apple in 1971 and the first to make use of Apple’s then state-of-the-art recording studio. George Harrison produced ‘Sweet Music’ and Ringo played drums.

21 Day After Day / Badfinger
The band’s third single for Apple was produced by George Harrison, who duetted with the band’s Pete Ham on the slide guitar solo. It went UK Top 10 in 1972, and peaked at No. 4 Billboard in the US, in the same week that Nilsson’s cover of Badfinger’s ‘Without You’ was at No. 1.

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Apple Records
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This is an Apple Records lovers dream! 21 classic Apple A-sides on CD, many which are very hard to find on original singles these days! The "crown jewel" of this set is the inlusion of the ultra-rare "King Of Fuh" by Brute Force. After all it's about "The Fuh King", it was quickly pulled and only an handful of of the original singles exist today, copies can easily fetch over a grand at auction! Of course there's lot's of hits here too, you get Badfinger's "Come and Get It" and "Day After Day", Mary Hopkin's "Those Were The Days" and "Goodbye", and young James Taylor's original version of "Carolina In My Mind", Jaclie Lomax's "Sour Milk Sea" and "New Day", Ronnie Spector's "Try Some Buy Some", Chris Hodge's "Were On Our Way", Lon and Derrek Van Eaton's "Sweet Music"(reminds me a lot of George Harrison's "Isn't It A Pity?") and Billy Preston's "That's The Way God Planned It" and his cover of the late George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord". Plus there are some unique and unusual singles too, you get The Hot Chocolate Band's reggeae cover of John Lennnon's "Give Peace A Chance", "Govinda" by The Radha Krsna Temple London, "Thingumybob" by The Black Dyke Mills Band,The The Sundown Playboys "Saturday Nite Special" and Trash's cover of The Beatles' "Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight". For the 12.99 I spent on this was quite the bargain, plus the remastering is superb! I hope this set as well as the other Apple Reisssues sell well so that they will reissue some more Apple treats in the future! This great collection is tasty to the "core"!
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Apple Records had some amazing releases. This disc just skims the surface, but is still a welcome addition. It's worth purchasing even if just for the remastered, CD reissue of Chris Hodge's "We're On Our Way" -- certainly one of my favorites ever. Come on Apple, give us the rest of the singles in subsequent volumes!
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Ripe with possibilities Apple Records was The Beatles chance to establish a label that didn't play the same games that the big labels played and take artistic risks. It also gave them a tax shelter. The label fell short of its goal for a variety of reasons (including the dissolution of The Beatles themselves shortly after forming the label)BUT it did result in a variety of artists some of whom went on to much bigger careers AFTER Apple (James Taylor, Billy Preston, Hot Chocolate), some of whom had big hits for the label (Badfinger)and some of whom disappeared into obscurity.

This collection takes singles from albums released by Apple as well as single-only releases for a variety of artists. The only place to find these single only releases is here on this compilation. The only thing that MIGHT have improved this set is to include the b-sides for each artists singles. The mastering sounds pretty good and it was done by the same EMI team that remastered The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Badfinger catalogs for CD.

"Those Were The Days" was a hit single for Welsh singer Mary Hopkins who also turned the Paul McCartney penned "Goodbye" into a hit single as well.

"Carolina on My Mind"-James Taylor would go on to bigger hits after his producer and manager Peter Asher left Apple. Taylor would re-record this later.

"Maybe Tomorrow" was a single by Mal Evans' discovery The Iveys who would undergo a name change (Badfinger) and score four top 20 hits before tragedy struck the band.

"Thingumbob" is a McCartney penned song by The Black Dyke Mills Band a favorite brass band of McCartney's.(Exclusive to this release)

"King of Fuh" was a novelty song that Apple picked up and was recorded by Brute Force.
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It is a collection that is long overdue. When John, Paul, George and Ringo founded Apple Records back in 1968 they intended the label to be the home not only for their own music but also for deserving artists they had discovered or were supporters of. Apple would be a bit different from most other labels in that The Beatles had the financial wherewithal to take chances on unconventional artists and eclectic new sounds. The boys scoured the countryside for offbeat sounds and brand new artists they thought had potential. Likewise, they invited some established recording artists back into the studio to cut some new sides for the label. "Come And Get It: The Very Best of Apple Records" offers up 21 of these marvelous recordings packaged all together for the very first time. When I discovered this collection online recently I was extremely excited and ordered it immediately. Included were a number of tunes I had never even sampled before and several others that I had not heard in years. Add to all of this some familiar hits by Badfinger and Mary Hopkin and this looked to me like a very promising collection.

Mary Hopkin was just 17 years old when she was discovered by Paul McCartney in 1968. She was a Welch folk singer and Paul deemed her voice perfect for a 1920's Russian folk song he was longing to record called "Those Were The Days". Talk about unconventional! McCartney's instincts were right on the money and "Those Were The Days" became a worldwide smash. A year or so later Mary Hopkin would have another substantial hit in America called "Goodbye". Both songs are included in this collection. Perhaps you were unaware of this but the group Badfinger began life as The Iveys. Their debut single "Maybe Tomorrow" was also released on Apple in 1968.
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Why no B-sides?
I agree. Apple are stingy when it comes to re-issuing. I'd have much prefered a definitive set, all the As and Bs. We're looking at about 40 singes (excluding Beatles, Yoko and solo Beatles) - so 80 tracks. Imagine a 4-CD Apple box set of all this!

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Aug 29, 2010 by Terry Wilson |  See all 10 posts
Apple extra digital downloads?
Buy the individual discs which provide access to the downloads or the box set I think. Anything else just might be wrong.
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here we go again
What are you talking about?
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