George Harrison's first six studio albums, released between 1968 and 1975 on the Beatles' Apple label, will be available as newly remastered individual releases and as part of a box set this fall. The eight-disc box, The Apple Years 1968-75, complements Harrison's 2004 release, The Dark Horse Years 1976-92, and will contain a DVD with videos and a never-before-seen, seven-minute film directed by Harrison's wife Olivia. It will also contain a book with an introduction by Harrison's son, Dhani (who oversaw the releases), previously unpublished photos and new essays by radio producer and author Kevin Howlett. All of the releases will be available on September 23rd.
"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," Dhani Harrison said in a statement. "Some of these records have long been out of print, 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."
The albums, which were all remastered from the original analog master tapes, include 1968's Wonderwall Music, 1969's Electronic Sound, 1970's All Things Must Pass, 1973's Living in the Material World, 1974's Dark Horse and 1975's Extra Texture (Read All About It). Some of the albums contain previously unreleased tracks, detailed below. All Things Must Pass contains five bonus tracks that were previously released in 2001.
Wonderwall Music, which was the first solo album by a Beatle, found Harrison writing both rock and Indian-style music for the soundtrack to the 1968 Joe Massot movie Wonderwall. The reissue contains three bonus tracks: "In The First Place" by the Liverpudlian group Remo Four, a previously unreleased take of the Beatles' B-side "The Inner Light" and the previously unreleased raga "Almost Shankara."
Living in the Material World features a remix of the single "Bangla Desh" – previously available only on 1976's The Best of George Harrison – and two B-sides that appeared on the record's 2006 reissue, "Deep Blue" and "Miss O'Dell." Dark Horse contains the B-side "I Don't Care Anymore" and a never-before-released acoustic version of "Dark Horse." And Extra Texture includes "This Guitar (Can't Keep From Crying)," which Harrison re-recorded as a demo for Eurythmics member and producer Dave Stewart in 1992; the recording now features Stewart and Dhani Harrison playing additional guitar, vocalist Kara DioGuardi and drum overdubs by Ringo Starr.
The box set's DVD contains a new, seven-minute film titled George Harrison – The Apple Years Feature alongside the All Things Must Pass feature from that record's 2001 reissue, a press kit for The Concert for Bangladesh, a video of "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" from 1991's Live in Japan and alternate versions of Living in the Material World's "Miss O'Dell" and "Sue Me Sue You Blues," as well as a feature about that album. Finally, it includes the video George directed for "Ding Dong, Ding Dong" and a promo clip for Dark Horse.