Music throwback Saturday: Day After Day

You ever listen to something familiar and hear it anew?

badfingerMore songs on the Come and Get It: The Best of Apple Records, released in 2010.

“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.”

Come And Get It / Badfinger (1969, written and produced by Paul)
Created for The Magic Christian film starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr, the first record issued by The Iveys under their new name. A worldwide hit (#7 US).

Ain’t That Cute / Doris Troy (1970, co-written, with Doris Troy, by George; produced by George)
Soul singer-songwriter had hits before coming to Apple in 1969, and she and George wrote this song from scratch in the studio.

My Sweet Lord / Billy Preston (1970, written by George; co-produced, with Billy Preston, by George)
George gave this to Billy before he had recorded it and released it himself. Billy’s version went only to #90 in the US. Of course, George’s version, which was #1 for four weeks in the US, appeared on his massive All Things Must Pass album.

Try Some Buy Some / Ronnie Spector (1971, written by George; co-produced, with Phil Spector, by George)
George later re-cut it himself for Living In The Material World, using the exact same backing as Ronnie’s single.

Govinda / Radha Krishna Temple (1970, produced by George, who also plays bass and accordion)
‘Govinda’ is a Sanskrit hymn to Krishna, and was a UK Top 30 hit. But if it were released in the US, it never charted.

We’re On Our Way / Chris Hodge (1972) – signed to Apple by Ringo Starr
#44 in the U.S.

Saturday Nite Special / The Sundown Playboys (1971)
A lover’s lament sung in Cajun French. The teenage accordionist sent in the song to Apple on a whim.

God Save Us / Bill Elliot & The Elastic Oz Band (1971, written by John, and Yoko Ono; produced by John, Yoko, Mal Evans, and Phil Spector)
This was a fundraiser for the defense in the famous Oz Obscenity Trial of 1971 Vocalist Bill Elliot later signed to George’s Dark Horse label. A version with John’s vocal shows up on John Lennon Anthology.

Sweet Music / Lon & Derrek Van Eaton(1972, produced by George; Ringo played drums)
One of the last acts to sign to Apple.

Day After Day / Badfinger or HERE (produced by George Harrison)
The band’s third single for Apple. George played a duet 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.
You ever listen to something familiar and hear it anew? I played this album recently, and this final song I realized was absolutely gorgeous.

Music throwback Saturday: Those Were The Days

mary-hopkinBack in 2010, the year it came out, I purchased Come and Get It: The Best of Apple Records. The CD was “the first commercially issued multi-artist compilation in the label’s history.” It didn’t cost the nearly $40 it’s now going for presently on Amazon, though you can get the MP3 for $9.50.

It’s a fun 21-track compilation of singles from 1968 to 1972, though not truly the “best of Apple.” For one thing, there are no Beatles songs, nor any of their solo material. Still, the Fab Four are well represented, often as songwriters and/or producers.

Those Were The Days / Mary Hopkin (1968, produced by Paul), or HERE. The debut 45 by Mary Hopkin was a huge hit, UK No. 1 for six weeks, #2 for 3 weeks in the US. I remember I purchased this 45 because, subsequently, I realized that I had THREE songs called Those Were the Days in my record collection, by Hopkin, Cream (the B-side of White Room), and the theme to the television show All in the Family.

Carolina In My Mind / James Taylor (1968, Paul on bass; George on backing vocals), from this eponymous debut album, a US single which hit #115 in 1969, then #67 in its 1970 re-release. This sounds quite different to me than his re-recording for Warner Brothers, which I have on his first greatest hits album.

Maybe Tomorrow / The Iveys (1968)
Brought to Apple by then-Beatles roadie Mal Evans. #67 in the US, but a hit in Holland; the band soon changed its name to Badfinger.

Thingumybob / The Black Dyke Mills Band (1968, credited to Lennon/McCartney, written and produced by Paul)
Paul’s theme tune for a 1968 British TV comedy-drama series.

King Of Fuh / Brute Force (1969)
This single by New York songwriter was championed by John and George, but “the Fuh king” was therefore banned back in 1969, as one would expect.

Sour Milk Sea / Jackie Lomax (1968, written and produced by George; Paul and Ringo provide rhythm )
Eric Clapton plays lead guitar. I have the LP with this song.

Goodbye / Mary Hopkin (1969, credited to Lennon/McCartney, written and produced by Paul)
Paul on thigh-slapping percussion. On some CD, I have Paul’s demo

That’s The Way God Planned It / Billy Preston (1969, produced by George, also guitar)
Reaching No. 11 in the UK, but only #62 in the US. Keith Richards on bass, Ginger Baker on drums, and Eric Clapton on lead guitar. I remember first hearing the album – this is the title song – in the room of my friend Steve in Poughkeepsie in 1971. I went home and bought it on vinyl, where it got well worn. When I purchased The Best of Apple, I also bought the That’s The Way God Planned It CD.

New Day / Jackie Lomax (1969)
An original non-album Lomax single co-produced with Mal Evans.

Golden Slumbers-Carry That Weight / Trash (1969, written by Lennon-McCartney)
Two songs from The Beatles’ Abbey Road, recorded by this Scottish group

Give Peace A Chance / Hot Chocolate Band (1969, written by John; originally credited to Lennon/McCartney, but since changed)
This completely re-worded British reggae version of John Lennon’s peace anthem

More in the near future.

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