Exposé Online banner

Apple — An Apple a Day
(Repertoire REP 4366-WP, 1969/1994, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2006-05-01

An Apple a Day Cover art

Here we have the long-awaited CD release of one of the most collectible LPs of British psychedelia. Those of us who can’t shell out hundreds of dollars (or pounds) to hear the original can now judge it on its musical merits as opposed to rarity. And while it’s pleasant enough, it’s far from an essential document of its era. At times it reminds me of the later, orchestrated recordings of Simon Dupree and the Big Sound: fairly elaborate trippy pop with a bit of blues still left in the style, and the lead singer sounds a bit like a Shulman. About half of the tracks are real keepers, most notably the singles “Let’s Take a Trip down the Rhine” and “The Otherside” (which was actually the B-side of the forgettable “Doctor Rock”). Oddly enough, it’s their two cover tunes (both from the Yardbirds) that are weakest, but apparently a handful of great tunes weren’t enough to rescue them from a short lifespan as a band and instant obscurity. The arrangements for strings and brass are rather well done, dipping into that corny music-hall shtick so many English bands did. All in all, for fans of the genre, it’s a no-brainer, but certainly not a necessity for those with only a passing interest in such things. The sound quality is acceptable, and the single versions of four tunes are included as bonus tracks.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 33, 1994 releases, 1969 recordings

Related artist(s): Apple

Latest news

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more

2017-05-02
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more

2017-04-16
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Praxis - Collection – If a guitarist who calls himself Buckethead, wearing a white mask with a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket on his head and claims he was raised by chickens doesn't frighten the crap out of you, then maybe...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues