Apple Records Box Set [17 CD Box Set] Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
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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.
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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.
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.
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).Read more ›
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My Apple Records Box Set was shipped safely & speedily after payment. I've played two of the discs and they sound like new. I'm sure the rest will play the same. Read morePublished 16 months ago by david r.
Got a promotional version of this for more than half price. Was so grateful to get the remasters. Unlike the Beatles STEREO remasters these do not suffer so much from too much side... Read morePublished 18 months ago by A. L. Owens Jr.
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
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 morePublished on October 23, 2013 by Richard Senn
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 morePublished on September 28, 2011 by ethanjames93
The item was received very quickly and was a great buy.Published on February 12, 2011 by Karen Kruse
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
Excellent retrospective of the Apple Records legacy. A must buy for all who lived during those heady days or remember that era. Read morePublished on January 8, 2011 by Kenneth G. Angelo
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 morePublished on January 8, 2011 by Morten Vindberg