by David Chiu
In the last several years, George Harrison’s solo albums have been hard to find in print. Part of that oversight was remedied in 2004 with the reissue of the former Beatle’s Dark Horse albums, spanning from 1976 to 1992. But with the exception of his 1970 masterpiece, All Things Must Pass (reissued in 2001), his earlier albums for Apple Records were still unavailable in the digital age. Now the circle is complete as Universal Music Group announced Tuesday that it is releasing Harrison’s first six solo albums on September 23: Wonderwall Music, Electronic Sound, All Things Must Pass, Living in the Material World, Dark Horse, and Extra Texture (Read All About It)–digitally remastered and available as individual digipaks and together as a boxed set George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75. Under the supervision Harrison’s son Dhani, the set also contains a hardbound book and a DVD containing videos and a seven-minute film of previously unreleased footage. Four of the six reissues also contain newly-added bonus tracks—in the case of Dark Horse, there’s the rare B-side “I Don’t Care Anymore,” and a never-before-released acoustic version of the title song; and Extra Texture features a very special song, “This Guitar (Can’t Keep From Crying),” a track which Harrison revisited in 1992 and has been recently finished with overdubs by Ringo Starr, Dhani Harrison and Kara DioGuardi.
“I am so happy that what we started a decade ago by releasing The Dark Horse Years is now complete with the release of his first six albums as The Apple Years,” said Dhani Harrison in a press statement. “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. It’s a very proud moment for us, and I would like to thank everyone who has helped us in any way to achieve this.”