APCOR NEWSLETTER FEBRUARI 2019
In 1974, a young artist by the name of Robin Millar entered The Beatles’ Apple Studios to record his first solo album. The LP was to be produced by Rolling Stone Mick Taylor, who also happened to be Robin’s brother-in-law at that time. Both men worked hard on the album with the aid of Gordon Raitt on bass and Jamie Lane on drums and with the help of legendary session musicians (and Beatles session men!) Billy Preston, Nicky Hopkins and Bobby Keys they made a splendid album which would undoubtedly have achieved great success, had it been released at the time. However, when Mick Taylor announced his departure from The Rolling Stones, the record company withdrew their support for this album and it was shelved. (Only one single made it out, Catch As Catch Can c/w For My Life, the B-side of which was an edit of the originally 7.15 minute track). Unreleased, that is, until now, 45 years later, when Robin granted APCOR the rights to the much belated release of this masterpiece.
Cat’s Eyes is a truly undiscovered gem which, hopefully, finally gets the attention it should have received almost half a century ago. The songs are well-crafted, the singing is beautiful and the playing is immaculate. Ten strong songs make up all of the 53 minutes and 32 seconds of the album, which was sourced from the original 2-track Apple master mix-down tapes.
Two versions of the album will be made available:
1) A 12″ vinyl LP on splattered vinyl (Apcor LP03), housed in a gatefold cover (based on the original artwork) and a download voucher for all 10 songs as WAV files.
This edition will be numbered and strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide and will retail at 40 Euros.
2) A Compact Disc, housed in a gatefold cover (Apcor CD02), with the album’s original 10 tracks plus an additional bonus track, the single edit of For My Life.
This edition will be limited to 500 copies worldwide and retail at 15 Euros.
The album will appeal to both Rolling Stones collectors and Beatles and Apple aficiandos and we expect especially the vinyl edition to be fully subscribed very quickly, so get your pre-orders in right now – as always, these products will be sold on a first come, first served basis! Of course you can order both the LP and the CD and save on shipping costs! We expect to start shipping in May 2019.
Watch our YouTube presentation to get a whiff of this majestic album and get your orders in!
We would like to advise you that stocks for some of our products are running low, so if you were thinking of getting yourself Beatles roadie Kevin Harrington’s autobiography Who’s The Redhead On The Roof? (signed by Kevin) you’d better literally “hurry, ’cause it’s going fast”. Only 22 copies remain of this edition and when it’s sold out there will be no reprint! Likewise, only 8 copies remain of the Apcor CD A Is For Acetates (Apcor CD02) and a mere 10 copies of the Jimmer Glynn/Alan Racker LP Far Away Country Day – The Complete Apple Demos (Apcor LP01) are still available.
Our other products such as A Is For Apple Volume 2, George Peckham’s autobiography Porky’s Prime Cuts, the Jack Hollingshead 10″ LP King Of Carnaby – The Complete Apple Demos (Apcor LP02), the Klaus Voormann/Wishful Thinking single La Lu Le La (Apcor 02), the Jackie Lomax single The Millionaire c/w Aeroplane (Grenville/Weston, Apcor 04), the Robert & Miles Priesley single Just Living Our Lives c/w Everything’s Alright (unknown band, Apcor 05) or the Brute Force single I Love You So Muchism c/w Conjugate To Love (Apcor 08), are also selling well so you may want to combine shipping for one or more of these products when ordering your copy of Robin Millar’s Cat’s Eyes. You can always ask us for quotes on combined shipping and save a lot of money that way!
A thing we’d like to mention on shipping, while we’re at it….. Sometimes we get criticized for charging “way too much” for postage. Well…
As a matter of fact, we charge exactly what our Dutch postal company charges us and we don’t charge our customers for packaging material or other costs, so we are actually losing money on the postage cost! You can imagine what shipping a 3,2 Kilo book to the US from The Netherlands will cost…. and that’s exactly what we are charging you. Really, there’s nothing we can do about it. We have worked with DHL in the past, but it was a logistical nightmare, a great percentage of our parcels got damaged or lost. We feel with our current courier, PostNL, the parcels are arriving much faster and less get damaged. Also, we take great care in packing our goods as securely as possible. We’d like our customers to be treated like we, as collectors ourselves, would like to be treated! One thing we don’t control, however, is the third party PostNL chooses once the parcel crosses the Dutch border, but so far we’ve had near to zero complaints. As always, should your item(s) arrive damaged, don’t hesitate to contact us (make sure you keep the packaging, or make clear photos of it, and also to go to your local PO to fill in a damage form – we can’t compensate you without this paperwork!).
A good question came up quite a number of times recently by a few of our steady customers: “Whatever happened to singles Apcor 06 and 07??”. Well, we were currently up to 7″ release Apcor 05 when we issued the Brute Force Apcor single, and as a gesture and/or tribute to Brute’s sole and mega rare Apple 08 single (King of Fuh) we decided it would be a good idea to issue that particular Apcor single as Apcor 08. But we will surely be using the Apcor 06 and 07 release numbers in the near future!
Meanwhile, Porky’s Prime Cuts book, the Brute Force single I Love You So Muchism and the Glynn/Racker Far Away Country Day – The Complete Apple Demos album got some good reviews in the Ugly Things magazine, we have posted them on our website for you to read!
Work on A Is For Apple Volume 3 is slowly but surely reaching its climax, as always there’s way too much info, documents, photos and stories to tell, and we WILL show and tell them all! We will keep you posted on its progress, but one thing that seems to be sure is that we will not be able to cram the remaining months of 1969 into one book. We hope to be able to issue it around the time of the Abbey Road LP’s 50th anniversary, but chronologically we may not even be able to include that iconic album in that Volume! As always, if you have any photos, documents or stories relating to The Beatles and/or Apple for 1969 or beyond which you think might be interesting, drop us a line!
Well, that’s about enough for now – be sure to get your orders in for the brilliant Cat’s Eyes album, it’s our best audio release yet we think, enjoy the rest of February and keep your eyes peeled for more exciting Apcor projects soon!
All the best,
Axel and Ed
16 JANUARY 2019
Reviews for the Brute Force single, the Glimmer/Rackin LP and George Peckham’s book in Shindig! #88:
22 OCTOBER 2018
Hello all –
Even if we promised a 17 October release date for the Brute Force single and the Jack Hollingshead 10″ LP, there always seem to be things out of one’s control which throw sand in the gears, or, if you want, the proverbial Spaniard in the works….. We have just received an e-mail from the record plant, stating the following:
We discovered that part of the vinyl were warped due to weather/temperature changes during production. This will unfortunately delay the shipping date to 7th of november. I’m sorry about that, we do our best to shorten the delay.
Now, the bad news is that this concerns the Jack Hollingshead 10″ LP; the good news however is that the Brute Force discs have arrived. So anyone who has ordered just the BF single and not the 10″ will receive their single shortly. For those who have ordered the 10″ (with or without the BF single); shipping will (hopefully!) commence on or around 7 November.
We are of course very sorry for this delay, but of course we will only ship a product which meets with our and your standards, so we are afraid that we have to ask you to be a little more patient with us.
10 JUNE 2018
Shipping of Porky’s Prime Cuts has been finalized for all of those who ordered just the book and most of you will have received your copy by now. We expect the Apple Demos LP to come in within the next two weeks, after which shipping for all combined Porky/Apple Demos orders will commence.
Axel will be contributing some short, Beatles- and Apple-related stories for this website only, and the first one is now up; have a look at his story on the Beatles First LP cover art!
This Newsletter is to give you an update on all things Apcor and in particular the George Peckham book and the Glynn/Racker LP. In our previous Newsletter we stated that both would be ready for shipping this month. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, the manufacturing of the Complete Apple Demos LP takes a bit longer than anticipated. According to the pressing plant, the LP should be delivered mid-June, so shipping should commence in 4 weeks.
The George Peckham book Porky’s Prime Cuts, on the other hand, is due to be delivered to Apcor HQ later this week.
For those that ordered both the LP and the book this means that shipping of both items will commence next month – people who bought only the book should start receiving their copies later this month or early June. Please remember that overseas shipping may take up to three weeks.
Also, since the packing and shipping is basically a one-man operation it will take a few days to fulfill all orders so please be patient while your item(s) will be off to you as soon as is humanly possible.
Our own Axel was the main guest in the excellent All About The Beatles podcast, talking to host Robert Rodriguez about all things Apple and Apcor – you can listen to this podcast here: http://somethingaboutthebeatles.com/138-a-is-for-apple/
Meanwhile, work on A Is For Apple Volume 3 is slowly but surely progressing and we are pleased to say that we are now one third underway and that we expect to present it early next year. Of course we will keep you posted through our Newsletters. As always, do you have rare documents, photos or stories to tell about all things Apple, please do not hesitate to contact us!
We would like to inform you that stocks for the reprint of A Is For Apple Volume 1 are now almost depleted (at the time of writing there are only 4 copies left! Any new orders will be fulfilled on a first come, first serve basis!), so if you were contemplating ordering a copy, this is definitely the time to do so!
There are some new Apcor projects in the pipeline which are quite exciting and about which we will inform you very soon!
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Exactly 48 years ago two gifted young songwriters from Livingston, New Jersey named Jimmer Glynn and Alan Rackin came to England in order to audition for Apple – following an invitation by Derek Taylor six weeks earlier. On 1 April 1970, they duly arrived in London and were welcomed by Derek, who encouraged them to make some demos. A few days later, on 11 April, they returned to 3 Savile Row to present an albums’ worth of recordings. By then The Beatles had broken up and so did Jimmer and Alan’s dream to be signed. Until now, no one outside a small circle has heard those recordings. By kind permission of Jimmer Glynn, Apcor Books and Records proudly presentsFar Away Country Day – The Complete Apple Demos – an excellent batch of catchy folky tunes not unlike the sort of music George Harrison would later be attracted to, by Splinter.
Pre-order Apcor’s first ever LP now for only 20 Euro + s&h but you better be quick. The LP is strictly limited to 300 copies only (each one numbered) and they’ll sure be gone in the blink of an eye!
What shall I do when I don’t have a turntable some of you might well ask. Well, even though we are vinyl purists, we do know that many of you only consume digital music. That’s why we offer a download code for the whole album in high resolution with every LP.
Hello everyone, here’s another update from Apcor HQ. Change Is Now sang the mighty Byrds in 1968, well, there have been plenty of changes. First of all, Apcor HQ has switched from Germany to The Netherlands. We have decided to relieve Axel of his administrative duties so he can concentrate on the writing of what will be Volume 3 of A Is For Apple, which is good news as we think it is anticipated highly. This also means that shipping of all Apcor product will be done from The Netherlands from now on (although most of the shipping came from there already). One other advantage is that we can ship all items with PostNL which has proven to be a reliable partner in the past year (more so than a few German postal services we’ve used earlier, we regret to say….). Apcor has now registered as a company in The Netherlands and has been entered in the Chamber of Commerce files (KvK 69973806) as a legal entity. Also, the website you all knew (and loved, hopefully), www.aisforapplebook.com, has been shut down and replaced by this new one which is even better (we think!), so please adapt your bookmarks to:
And last, but by no means least, we are proud to announce that the finishing touches are being applied to George Peckham’s autobiography, called Porky’s Prime Cuts, and that it can be pre-ordered from the new website now! If you’re wondering who George Peckham is, or what his relation to Apple and/or The Beatles is, at the end of this Newsletter we include the press blurb for the book. The book details George’s life and career in a way that can only be described as hilariously funny, shocking (at times), entertaining, uplifting, touching and informative. It’s a great read and is filled with images from very rare items from George’s private archive which have never been seen before, such as photos, acetates, autographs, etc. George graciously let us go through his archive last year and let us scan and photograph whatever we thought we would need for the book, which has turned out very nice indeed. It should be at the printers’ in a few weeks and we expect to start shipping in May 2018.
This edition will be limited to 500 copies worldwide, all hand-signed by George Peckham, so to avoid disappointment, order now from www.apcor.net!
Until next time!
Axel and Ed
Porky Prime Cuts press blurb:
Led Zeppelin I, Imagine (John Lennon), All Things Must Pass (George Harrison), Last Exit (Traffic), Look At Yourself (Uriah Heep), The Concert for Bangla Desh, Made In Japan (Deep Purple), Volume 4 (Black Sabbath), Living In The Past (Jethro Tull), Selling England By The Pound (Genesis), Armed Forces (Elvis Costello), Fear Of Music (The Talking Heads), Powerage (AC/DC). All classic albums of the 1970s and all have one thing in common: The masters for these records were all cut by one man. His name is George Peckham, also known by his two nicknames Pecko and Porky. Many, many records in the 1970s until his retirement in the 1990s were cut by him, for such diverse artists as Elvis Costello, Joy Division, Public Image Limited, Madness, Motörhead, Scritti Politti – too many to mention.
Mastering a record means the engineer transfers the master tape of the recording onto an acetate disc as loud as possible and to make it sound as good as possible, with the help of some equalization. George Peckham is considered the top in his field along with Robert Ludwig, Greg Calbi and Bernie Grundman. Records which carry the stamp of these cutters are regarded by vinyl collectors as the best ever. George Peckham’s cuts literally carried his stamp, his productions were always inscribed in the dead wax (i.e. run-out groove) of every disc he was involved in – his trade mark of quality.
This is the autobiography of George Peckham, born in Liverpool in 1942. George, like so many English kids in the early 1960s, was inspired by the skiffle craze and early beat movement to pick up a guitar to form a group, as they were then called. George formed a group called The Renegades in the early 1960s in Liverpool. When that band broke up, George joined The Pawns who were quite successful with tours in Germany and in and around their hometown. After a short stint with Lee Curtis and his All Stars, George was asked to join The Fourmost with which he recorded two singles and performed all over Europe. Around this time George got more and more interested in the technical side of the record business (recording and engineering techniques) and when The Beatles formed their Apple company George was hired as a trainee cutting engineer to Malcolm Davies in November 1968. In 1970 George joined George Harrison to New York to help him with the mastering of George’s legendary All Things Must Pass album. In 1971 George and a couple of Apple employees formed a band called Matchbox with which he recorded a few songs and performed on British TV. This project, however, was short-lived and George was promoted to balancing engineer for Apple Records in January 1972. He remained with Apple until April 1973, when he decided to start up his own mastering company called The Master Room, which operated until the late 1990’s, when he decided to retire.
This, then, is his life story and it is hilariously funny, sad at times, revealing, uplifting, shocking, fascinating and never boring. A life full of sex (a lot), drugs (a little) and rock & roll (more than enough) is described in an entertaining style in a book you just can’t lay down. Spiced up with photos and documents from George’s own collection, this is the only true story of a man who became a legend in his own lifetime as the man who mastered so many classic records we still enjoy today.
At the time, we at Apcor are working hard on putting the finishing touches to George Peckham’s autobiography Porky’s Prime Cuts, which can now be pre-ordered (go to our Shop or the Porky page) while of course work is underway for A Is For Apple Volume 3 as well as a couple of other projects.
In the meantime, here are two legendary persons promoting A Is For Apple Volume 2: