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A Is For Acetates - A selection of acetate recordings from the Apple era CD comp

Issued Germany Sept 2017. Anyone know where it can be obtained? 500 only :wink: apaprently.

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Interesting! http://www.apcor.net/

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Many thanks for that Gian, I just bought a copy. E18 inc post to Europe.

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bought me too :)

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Would appreciate a review from a psychedelic pop angle when you get them, if you wouldn't mind.

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Will be happy to do that.

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This track isn't on this comp but was recorded at Apple. Contact-Lovers From The Sky is one of the great unreleased 60s psych tracks imo. Does anyone know if anything else was recorded by him? Trevor Bannister I think was the guy responsible.



https://youtu.be/_KcAnIaoSxc

Re: A Is For Acetates - A selection of acetate recordings from the Apple era CD comp

You have to wonder if “Everything’s Alright” isn’t the Aerovons song.

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Both lovers from the sky and the proposed b side round and round are on the rpm lovers from the sky cd. Round and round is very strange and nowhere near as good as lovers from the sky imo. Lovers from the sky was produced by Jim capaldi who also plays the amazing drums on the track. Liners interview Trevor and makes no mention of any released recordings..

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Is It the same Trevor Bannister who was in Are You Being Served TV show and Last Of The Summer Wine if so he had a b side on a Norman Wisdom Single

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I know there is a version of "Black Paper Roses" by Roger James Cooke. I wonder who does it on this comp?

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Just played this for the first time and have reviewed it below. Gian - do let us know your opinion of it once you have had a chance to play it.

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A Is For Acetates: a selection of acetate recordings from The Apple era CD.

This is a nifty looking package. A gatefold plastic free digipak, it has incised slots inside where the neat booklet slots on one side while the black vinyl effect CD slots into the other. It also illustrates reproductions of the labels of the Apple acetates featured. The booklet has useful annotated liner notes that give some context to the artists where known.

There’s two things to note at the outset with this collection. Firstly, eight of the songs are from tapes rather than acetates (all by the marvellous Slow Dog). Secondly, of the actual acetates, most were recorded at the Apple Studios (as of September 1971), a commercial enterprise open to all, rather than by in-house Apple signed acts or writers at their Baker Street studios.

The nineteen songs and one spoken word piece (The five-minute long Iveys Xmas disc) cover 71 minutes in total and are by and sonically large good to very good (the majority of them) sound quality. Only two of the three tracks by Jackie Lomax have surface noise as loud as the music (and then in part because these just feature Jackie’s voice and a lone electric rhythm guitar) and even these are historically important as they were not commercially recorded. Some are in mono some in stereo and as a collection they are a good selection; other than perhaps track 12 by unknown ‘Kiss of Life’ which seems to be a flute led orchestral piece that sounds like it belongs in a mid 60s romantic soap opera TV series.

A very capable band called Slow Dog won an Apple sponsored battle of the bands competition in Cambridge in 1969, the prize for which was an Apple recording contract. But as the liners note this never materialised because: ‘…the contract got lost in the post-Klein chaos and no contracts were signed or honoured’. They had though recorded some songs on tape in advance to play for Apple and that’s what you get here. They have wonderfully strong blended harmony vocals and sometimes sound very much like Badfinger (track 13 ‘Gimme Love’; track 17 ‘She’s Got Love’) as do a few of the others (e.g. Track 16, Ron Hendrek – ‘Stormy Weather’ – not the one you’re thinking of!).

The stand out track for me though is ‘Mac’s Café’ by Unknown (or if you believe the label ‘Porridge’). It is described as a progressive rock song and it does have strong prog-pysch elements, though it reminds more of the outer reaches of junk shop glam. It put me in mind of fellow Apple artist at the time Chris Hodge’s ‘We’re On Our Way’ single though with more moves in it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Gb_Z5Zk4D4 or possibly Eno era Roxy Music. I love how the moog is used on it.

There’s one or two that are but fragments or ends of songs we are told that last a minute and a half (Robert & Miles Priestly for instance) but which still sound like they belong here. There’s also a Radha Krishna Temple track – Vande Haim which apparently was left off their George Harrison produced LP. This version is 5.15 but there is a 16 minute version too!

In total, although there are elements that seem random, this would not seem that alien to the 94 Baker Street / Revisited series on RPM. There’s nothing you could call popsike as you could in that series perhaps but it does speak to what came after it and largely compliments it. So if you are an Apple label fan I think you will enjoy this.

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Get it from:
http://www.apcor.net/a-is-for-acetates/

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Superb review!!!

A Is For Acetates - A selection of acetate recordings from the Apple era CD comp

Lovers from the sky became an album name for a Cherry Red CD that was released a few years ago. Lovers from the sky was featured on that CD. A friend wants to do a book connected with my music and life experiences from that period. Only problem is that I never got into having photos taken. Kinda weird I know, but I used to play on stage with my back to the audience - got no idea why? If anyone can point me in the right direction for finding pics with me in it, that would be most welcome. I played in UFO, Roundhouse, Happening 44, among other popular gigs during those days. So here's hoping!

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Hi there. I did record other songs at Apple Studios. Also had a song featured on a British entry to Cannes Film Festival in 1977 - called 'Living on the dole' - I'm still composing - although at my age I'm trying not to decompose!

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Great of you to get involved here Trevor. Would be great to see your work from the time getting a reissue and good luck with the non decomposing. Know how it feels.