Apple Records to release remastered albums by James Taylor, Billy Preston, and Badfinger

beatles-james-taylorImage Credit: Cummings Archives/Redferns/Getty Images; Michael Putland/Retna LtdThe Beatles’ music label Apple is set to release 15 remastered versions of albums by, amongst others, James Taylor (1968’s James Taylor), Billy Preston (1969’s That’s the Way God Planned It, 1970’s Encouraging Words), Badfinger (1970’s Magic Christian Music, the same year’s No Dice, and 1972’s Straight Up), and classical composer John Tavener (1970’s The Whale and 1971’s Celtic Requiem, which will be available on the same CD). Apple are putting out the collections on October 26.

Apple acts didn’t always enjoy the greatest success during their time with the label. But history has proven that, in addition to their other talents, the Beatles’ track record as talent spotters was pretty decent. Welsh rockers Badfinger are now regarded as one of the great, tragic, cult bands and their song “Without You” has been much covered over the decades; John Tavener was twice nominated in the ’90s for the presitigious UK award, the Mercury Prize; and I believe that James Taylor kid found some success in the ’70s. The slate of reissues will also include albums by Mary Hopkin, Jackie Lomax, and the Modern Jazz Quartet. They are the first Apple releases to be available by digital download.

Will you be buying any of the reissues? Do you have a favorite Apple act (who don’t have members called John, Paul, George, and Ringo)? And do you think this is is the first step towards Apple making you-know-who’s albums available to buy digitally? Let us know!

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  • Mikie

    “No Dice” by Badfinger is one of my most influential albums. I play “Midnight Caller” by the late great Pete Ham in my solo set. Ham was one of the greatest songwriters of his generation; somone should make a movie about him. (He felt that the only way he could sever ties with his management was to take his own life, which he did).

  • LOL

    Everyone should own those Badfinger discs.

  • Chichi

    HELLTOTHEYES for James Preston!

    • Gary

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  • DFSF

    God bless Harry Nilsson! RIP

  • Julia

    More James Taylor remasters – not sure which of his albums were on Apple, but I’d love to see Mud Slide Slim redone!

    • JRWolfe

      Julia, James taylor made one lp for Apple.It was a self titled debut. “Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon’ was on Warner Bros.

      • IzzyR

        Mud Slide Slim wasn’t on the Apple label. The only JT album on Apple was his self-titled ‘James Taylor’ album.

      • IzzyR

        Ignore above comment – sorry JRWolfe, I never read your comment properly :-)

  • David D

    And the Modern Jazz Quartet’s exotic “Under the Jasmin Tree” is one of my favorites of theirs. I’m very lucky to have the original CD and will be looking forward to hearing the remastered version.

  • molly

    can they just PLEASE put the beatles albums on itunes?

  • Garrett

    Yes, Badfinger’s No Dice, with the original version of “Without You” on it will finally be available for digital download, I’ve been waiting years for this to happen.

  • JRWolfe

    badfinger ! yes 1 and how about an anthology of the singles Apple released that never made it to Lp,Ronnie Spector etc.

  • Ric Glowienka

    Badfinger was the first major act I saw live, in Toronto in 1973 or 1974. Superior, under-rated band.

  • Scott Fleischer

    I have come to re-discover Badfinger, digging deeper than just their hits, which are amazing pop songs. They were a talented group.

    I have bought about 10 CDs of them and I WOULD BUY ANY REMASTERS THAT ARE AVAILABLE.

    would like to see:
    Magic Christian Music
    Straight Up
    Head First
    Wish You Were Here
    Pete Ham solo
    Joey solo

  • Kent

    Badfinger was a top notch act, and James Taylor became a major talent. I’m not sure other Apple artists had quite so much success.

  • Tommy Boy

    I probably will buy most if not all of the Apple Records remasters, there was some great music by all the aforementioned artists, especially with songwriting and production credits to the Beatles.

  • Jim Anderson

    I definitely will be buying the two MJQ albums-Under
    the Jasmine Tree and Space. Maybe EMI will be smart
    and release this stuff on vinyl where it truly belongs,
    besides on CD for us collectors.

  • Grant

    I’ll be buying ALL of them on CD! Those digital files are a WASTE OF TIME! Same for Crypods.

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