April 2016 – Release of single Lu la Le Lu, featuring Klaus Voormann‘s original demo recording on Side A and Wishful Thinking’s version on Side 2. Comes in a gatefold sleeve designed by Klaus and Maximilian Voormann (Apcor 2). KLAUS VOORMANN: Introduced by ex-Beatle George Harrison at the Concert For Bangla Desh in 1971: “Many people have heard about him, but they’ve never actually seen him”, Klaus Voormann is one of the most famous bass players in the history of rock music. He met The Beatles in Hamburg when they were still struggling for success in the early 1960s and befriended all of the members. Throughout the 1960s Klaus made a name of his own playing bass in various bands before joining Manfred Mann and having various hit records with them (a.o. The Mighty Quinn, Ha Ha Said The Clown & My Name Is Jack). At the end of the 1960s Klaus became a very much in-demand session player and he’s played on various legendary songs such as John Lennon’s Imagine, George Harrison’s My Sweet Lord, and on songs by Lou Reed, Harry Nilsson, Carly Simon, Ringo Starr, James Taylor and hundreds of others. Later on in his career he produced the German band Trio who had a huge hit with Da Da Da. Next to his bass playing, Klaus is also famous for having designed many legendary album covers, such as The Bee Gees 1st, Ringo Starr’s Ringo LP and the Beatles’ Revolver and Anthology albums.Klaus and Christina Voormann granted us the rights to release Klaus’ rare demo version of a song he composed called Lu La Le Lu, which was administered by Apple Publishing in the early 1970s and which has been taken off an original Apple acetate, but also members of a band called Wishful Thinking have been so generous to grant us the rights to occupy the other side of the single with their version of this song, which was released in 1972 in the UK and has been long out of print since. Adrian Sinclair has lent his technical skills to clean up the acetate which was in a rather deplorable state and now sounds better than it has ever done! The A-side features Klaus Voormann on vocals, accompanying himself on guitar, singing his own composition Lu la Le Lu. This demo version was recorded on his Grundig tape recorder. Around the time of this recording Klaus was staying in a small cottage at George Harrison’s Friar Park Estate. The acetate was given to Wishful Thinking and has never been heard outside a very small circle of people and certainly never officially released before. The single has been issued in a limited run of 1,000 copies, housed in a beautiful picture cover with original art work by Klaus, drawn around the time of the demo recording (1969/1970) and made available by Klaus and Christina Voormann especially for this release.
April 2017 – Originally given away with the first 500 copies of the book A Is For Apple Volume 2, containing recordings taken from Apple acetates (Jackie Lomax – The Millionaire c/w Grenville & Weston – Aeroplane, Apcor 4), was also made available separately. The Millionaire is one of the tracks that was considered for Jackie’s Is This What You Want LP in 1968 but which didn’t make the cut. Jackie recorded this demo version of the song a Apple’s Baker Street demo studio shortly after he was signed to Apple Publishing. The B-side, Aeroplane, was found on an Apple Publishing demo acetate and was recorded by a duo called Grenville and Weston, of which not much else is known than that they recorded at least two songs in demo form, which both were administered by Apple Publishing.
April 2017 – All copies of the second edition of the book A Is For Apple Volume 1 came with a free 7″single (Just Living Our Lives – Robert & Miles Priestley (Apple Publishing) c/w Ev’rything’s Al’right – unknown band, as found on an Apple acetate, Apcor 5), which was also made available separately. Robert and Miles Priestley were signed as songwriters to Apple Publishing but other than a handful of song titles they composed and found in the Apple Publishing files and the odd demo acetate, none of their songs ever went on to success and the brothers vanished into obscurity. The song Just Living Our Lives was found on an Apple Publishing acetate and was never released officially. The B-side of this single features the well-known Mojos song Ev’rything’s Al’right recorded by an unknown band and found on an Apple acetate, most likely recorded at the Apple Studios in the early 1970s.
February 2020 – Apple act White Trash was in the process of recording material for a possible album release on The Beatles’ label when Allen Klein pulled the plug on several projects, including this one. Thanks to our very own Antonio Caroselli, who graciously shared a recording of his Apple acetate, we are now able to present the only known surviving completed track of these sessions as a 7” vinyl single release, housed in a superb Picture Sleeve! The track, Bad Weather, was also recorded by Scottish band The Poets (which at one point featured future White Trash guitarist Fraser Watson) whose line-up included the song’s composer Hugh Nicholson, who went on to join The Marmalade. This recording, lent to us by Lenny Helsing (of Ugly Things magazine), is featured on the B-side of this 7” vinyl single. Individual copies of the single have been made available for separate purchase (Apcor 6).
February 2020 – Stormer were a West Yorkshire-based band who were signed to Ringo Starr’s Ring O’Records label and had one single released on the label before it folded. Stormer had already finished a complete album to be released on Ring O, but this never got beyond the test pressing stage. Thanks to the surviving members of Stormer, the son of the late singer Mick Brassington and The Beatles Museum in Halle, Germany, all of whom made this release possible, Apcor is proud to announce the very first official release of this album, supplemented with five bonus tracks. The Stormer DeLuxe Edition comes in a limited edition of 500 copies and is housed in a hardcover digipack with a 59-page booklet in full colour with many never before seen photographs and documents, supplied by the Stormer guys, including a replica of a rare original brochure of Ringo’s own Startling Studios at Tittenhurst, where the album was recorded and even some never before seen colour photos of The Beatles!
500 Copies of this CD housed in a hardcover digiback are available and feature all of the songs from the unreleased LP plus 5 bonus tracks (Apcor CD04).
February 2020 – The former editor (along with Joyce Kilbane) of that superb USA Beatles Fan Magazine, With A Little Help From My Friends, Patricia Simmons, went on holiday with two friends in the Summer of 1969, visiting among others the EMI Studios at Abbey Road, George Harrison at his Kinfauns home, the city of Liverpool as well as George’s parents in Warrington and filming the proceedings using an 8 mm camera. A very small portion of this footage was shared with some of her friends decades ago, but never before has the complete footage been seen, UNTIL NOW! Patricia was so kind to grant Apcor the rights to release all this unique material on a DVD, for which we are eternally grateful. Nearly 50 minutes of footage has been sourced from the original 8 mm reels, painstakingly restored and put in a chronological order. Sound effects and music (including a never before released track by an Apple act!) were added to the silent footage. The unique footage contains the last ever fan-filmed material of The Beatles operating as a group, arriving at EMI Studios. There is a large section featuring the girls visiting George Harrison at his home, seen patiently signing a bunch of autographs. There is footage of some famous Beatles landmarks in Liverpool (the Cavern, Liverpool Institute) and of George’s parents, Louise and Harold at their home. For the very first time since it was filmed 51 years ago, this footage becomes available in the best possible quality! The DVD, named July August 1969 London Esher Liverpool, is housed in a hardcover digipack with a 43-page essay by Patricia reminiscing about this trip, spiced up with never before seen unique photos in B&W and full colour. A bonus postcard, individually numbered and autographed by Patricia Simmons is supplied with each copy. The (PAL) DVD is region-free and should play problem-free in any modern DVD player. A free copy of this DVD is being supplied with the book A Is For Apple Volume 3 (see book section). Individual copies of the DVD July August 1969 London Esher Liverpool, including the individually numbered autographed card and housed in a digipack with a 43-page booklet have been made available for separate purchase.