Friday, October 29, 2010

On my turntable (special Apple Records edition): Billy Preston and Badfinger

Here are two of the higher profile releases in the Apple catalog, mostly because each managed to get some radio exposure. That's The Way God Planned It (1969) was the first of two albums Preston released on Apple. The title track reached #62 in America; Billy's first legitimate hit wouldn't come until 1972's "Outa'Space", by which point he had moved on to A&M.

Magic Christian Music (1970) may be the most iconic non-Beatles album Apple ever released. I remember seeing stacks of this album in cutout bins in the 70's, which is how it ended up in my own collection. It was one of the very first Apple LPs I ever owned (if not the first). The album included songs that were featured in the film Magic Christian, starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr. The single "Come and Get It", written by Paul McCartney, was a Top 10 worldwide hit.

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