Apcor CD02 – CAT’S EYES

Apcor CD02 – CAT’S EYES

March 2019 – Release of Robin Millar’s Cat’s Eyes CD (500 copies, Apcor CD02), recorded at Apple Studios and never before issued (Also available on splattered 12″ vinyl LP). 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, more than almost half a decade 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. A Compact Disc, housed in a gatefold cover with a 4-page insert (Apcor CD02), with the album’s original 10 tracks plus an additional bonus track, the single edit of For My Life. This edition is limited to 500 copies worldwide. (This title was also released on a 12″ vinyl LP, see LP section).

Apcor CD03 – LOVERS FROM THE SKY

Apcor CD03 – LOVERS FROM THE SKY

June 2019 – They say if you can remember the Sixties, you weren’t really there. Well, this does not apply to Trevor Bannister. He was there and how he was there is what you can read in this book. Lovers From The Sky is a book about Trevor’s acquaintances with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Monkees and many other musicians of that exciting time. He connects those stories with political events, the wanderlust for unknown places soon to explode among the youth of Britain (and elsewhere), the emerging drug scene, interest in the inexplicable (UFOs) and the essence of Swinging London. It was obvious that we, Apcor Books and Records, had to publish Trevor’s memoirs. Given the fact that he’s a genuine former Apple Records artist only validated our decision. As luck would have it, Trevor also unearthed a few unreleased tracks from his Apple days and a little beyond. So who is Trevor Bannister you might well ask, since you certainly don’t have a record of his in your Apple collection. Well, he was the second artist signed to Apple Records on 4 June 1968 (the first one being Jackie Lomax who signed his contract three days earlier). Lovers From The Sky and Around And Around, recorded at Trident Studios for his group Contact’s debut, would have made a fantastic single for Apple Records and for all we know, it could have been “Our First Five” when the label was launched on 26 August 1968. But it was not to be and Contact’s recordings remained in the can for decades.

The CD is also available as part of a book/CD combo Lovers From The Sky – A Personal Memoir From The 60s….and Beyond (ISBN 9 789082 843415). An edition of 400 copies, all hand-signed by Trevor Bannister, see book section. This listing is for the CD only!