Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Apple Records to reissue catalogue on CD and for digital download

Apple Records has announced they will re-release 15 albums from their catalogue. All albums have been remastered by the same people who remastered the Beatles albums back in 2009. Some discs will include bonus tracks along with the original albums. Apple Records might be best known for the Beatles but they had quite a roster: James Taylor, Badfinger, Billy Preston, Mary Hopkin, Doris Troy, and Jackie Lomax. For the first time, Apple will allow their albums to be released for digital download. You can look for these Apple remasters on October 26:

Badfinger- Magic Christian Music
Badfinger- No Dice
Badfinger- Straight Up
Badfinger- Ass
James Taylor- James Taylor
Mary Hopkin- Post Card
Mary Hopkin- Earth Song, Ocean Song
Billy Preston- That's The God Planned It
Billy Preston- Encouraging Words
Doris Troy- Doris Troy
Jackie Lomax- Is This What You Want?
The Modern Jazz Quartet- Under the Jasmine Tree & Space (two albums on one CD)
John Tavener- The Whale & Celtic Requiem (two albums on one CD)

This is pretty cool news. Of the artists mentioned, I am most excited about Badfinger. I'm a big Badfinger fan. I own everything by them (including their one album as The Iveys, which I notice isn't getting reissued. Shame.) but I'll have to think about buying them again. I'll definetely get Ass because the album was poorly mixed in the bootleg Complete Ass. If these are going on iTunes and elsewhere, I have a feeling it won't be long till the Beatles are on there...or not.

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