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

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more

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


Previously in Exposé...

Happy the Man - Live – Although this live set would have been much more meaningful had it been released closer to when it was recorded in 1978, it stands today as evidence that this DC area quintet was as tight on-stage as...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues