George Harrison’s first six solo albums will soon be available for a new generation of listeners. Universal and Harrison’s family are re-releasing the late Beatle’s first forays as a solo artist in a new, eight-disc box set, The Apple Years 1968-1975. The albums will also be available individually on CD and in digital formats.
Harrison was actually the first member of the Beatles to release a solo album when Wonderwall Music came out in 1968. The album, a soundtrack for Joe Massot’s film Wonderwall, is primarily instrumental in nature, and it showcased Harrison’s growing fascination with traditional Indian music. His second solo album, Electronic Sound, was another instrumental work which featured Harrison’s experiments with the Moog IIIP, which would later be used on Abbey Road.
After the breakup of The Beatles, Harrison scored his first solo hit with All Things Must Pass. The Phil Spector-produced triple album features many of Harrison’s best-known compositions, including “My Sweet Lord,” “What Is Life,” and “Isn’t It A Pity.” The album was followed by the more modest Living In The Material World in 1973, which featured the hit “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth).” Dark Horse followed in 1974, but the album was overshadowed by a poorly-received tour in support of it. The collection is capped with 1975’s Extra Texture (Read All About It), which featured the minor it “You.”
The remaster and re-release was overseen by George’s son Dhani. “Some of these records have long been out of print, and so I cannot wait for music lovers to get their hands on these newly remastered versions,” Dhani said in a statement. “It’s a very proud moment for us.”
The Apple Years 1968-1975 will be released on September 23rd.