George Harrison’s earliest solo work has been remastered and will be released on CD and digital formats September 23, 2014, it was announced today, September 2, 2014. "The Apple Years, 1968-75" will feature Harrison’s first six albums without the Beatles, released between 1968-1975 on Apple Records. They have been “digitally remastered from the original analogue masters for CD and digital release” on September 23, 2014 by Capitol/UMe. The project will revive Harrison's lesser known musical work that has been out of print, and make it available once again to fans.
The albums are: Wonderwall Music, Electronic Sound, All Things Must Pass, Living In The Material World, Dark Horse, and Extra Texture (Read All About It), and are available now for preorder. They can be ordered individually and as a deluxe 8-disc box set, titled “The Apple Years 1968-75.” The set features an exclusive DVD with new videos, including a 7-minute film with previously unreleased footage, the company stated. It also includes an exclusive book featuring an introduction by Dhani Harrison, new essays by award-winning radio producer and author Kevin Howlett, and rare and previously unpublished images.
The new release has been overseen by George's son, Dhani Harrison. In a quote, Dhani said of the release, “I am so happy that what we started a decade ago by releasing The Dark Horse Years is now complete with the release of his first six albums as The Apple Years. Some of these records have long been out of print, and so I cannot wait for music lovers to get their hands on these newly remastered versions. It's a very proud moment for us, and I would like to thank everyone who has helped us in any way to achieve this."
1. “Wonderwall Music”: (November 1968); first solo album released by a member of The Beatles and the first LP to be released by Apple Records. This was the soundtrack music for the feature-length film, Wonderwall and is predominantly instrumental. It is comprised of Western rock and Indian music.
2. “Electronic Sound”: (May 1969); Harrison’s exploration into experimental music and avant-garde artistic expression, in the same vein as John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s efforts at that time.
3. “All Things Must Pass”: (November, 1970); Triple LP that featured a treasure trove of Harrison’s compositions, some that he had been stockpiling while with the Beatles. The album “topped charts around the world and earned universal acclaim as a rock masterpiece.” Harrison was the first Beatle to have a solo #1 single, “My Sweet Lord” which was featured on this album. Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Pete Drake, Gary Wright, Klaus Voormann, members of Badfinger, players from Delaney and Bonnie band, and John Barham are included on the album. Alan White (Yes) was also on the album.
4. “Living In The Material World”: (May, 1973); George’s second studio album of new songs, joined in the studio by several musician friends including drummer Jim Keltner. The spiritually themed album and its lead single, “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)” both reached number one in America and on charts around the world.
5. “Dark Horse” (December 1974); Reached the top 5 in America; The new release adds “I Don’t Care Anymore,” a sought after B-side making its CD debut, and a previously unreleased early, acoustic take of “Dark Horse.” The song is well known for Harrison's raspy voice, recorded while he was suffering from a throat infection. It would be a precurser to the illness that took his life years later.
6. “Extra Texture (Read All About It)”: (September 1975); Last album released through Apple. Recorded in California, the album is “soul-tinged.” Included musicians Leon Russell, Jesse Ed Davis, Jim Keltner, Paul Stallworth, and David Foster.The new release adds “This Guitar (Can’t Keep From Crying).”