Apple Records, EMI in tune with releases

Duo team to re-release Beatles, James Taylor

Apple Records and EMI will re-release 15 titles originally issued by the Beatles’ label in the ’60s and ’70s – including albums by James Taylor, Badfinger, Mary Hopkin and Billy Preston – on CD and digitally on Oct. 26.

While Apple was founded principally as an outlet for the Beatles’ music, it was originally a full-service label that also actively signed and recorded other talent between 1968 and 1973.

Members of the Beatles took an active hand in developing the imprint’s acts: Paul McCartney produced vocalist Hopkin’s hit debut “Those Were the Days” and Badfinger’s “Come and Get It,” while George Harrison produced and played on albums by soul singer Doris Troy and singer-songwriter Jackie Lomax (both due as part of the reissue campaign).

The albums set for reissue — most of which will contain bonus material — include singer-songwriter Taylor’s 1968 bow; Badfinger’s first four sets; Hopkin’s bow “Postcard”; and keyboardist Preston’s two star-studded Apple collections. Reflecting the label’s sometimes eclectic bent, two-fer CDS will reissue a pair of albums by the Modern Jazz Quartet and two by classical composer John Tavener.

October will be a busy month for Apple: The company is also reissuing John Lennon’s catalog to commemorate the musician’s 70th birthday.

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