V.A. - Apple Records Extra: Badfinger, Mary Hopkin, Jackie Lomax [Expanded Edition] (2010)
This set contains an expanded version of the 2-CD set that was included in the Apple Records Box Set released last month. For those who aren’t aware of just what those CDs were about, allow me to give a brief overview. Not an overview of The Beatles Apple Records (which, hopefully, you already know about), but an overview of the scope of the 2-CD and what I have done with them. On October 26th, the Apple Records Box was released, containing 17 CDs. Thirteen of the CDs were of 15 original alums released between 1969-1973 on Apple Records. Two of the CDs were “two-fers”, containing two LPs on one CD. The artists on this box were Badfinger (4 CDs), Mary Hopkin (2 CDs), Billy Preston (2 CDs), Jackie Lomax, The Radha Krishna Temple, James Taylor, Doris Troy, The Modern Jazz Quartet and John Taverner (each with one CD, with the last two artists being the ones with two LPs on their CD). Every CD, with the exception of the John Taverner CD, had bonus tracks. When the set was first announced, ADDITIONAL bonus tracks were mentioned for those who would purchase the albums as digital downloads. This news upset more than a few folks, so it was a relief when it was revealed that all of those bonus tracks would be collected on a 2-CD set that would be a bonus in the box set of all the albums plus the new ‘Come And Get It’ compilation, which gathered up many Apple releases that were never found on an album. The 2-CDs, while very nice, certainly smacked of a missed opportunity as there was almost an hour of unused space over the two CDs. Especially with regards to Mary Hopkin, who had several single-only tracks that were not to be found at all on the box. In addition, it was revealed that there were a few tracks that were on the original 1991-1992 Apple CDs that had not been included at all on the box. We here at Voo-Doo Records sought to address this issue by adding appropriate tracks to each CD. A simple task, but one that needed to be done because otherwise the bonus CDs would have the same “missed opportunity” feel to them as the Lennon Signature Box bonus discs had. Now, they feel complete.
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