With its creation in 1968, the Beatles’ Apple Records was the first record label created and run collectively by a rock band. Even though it only lasted till 1973, Apple Records released some of the most popular albums of all time, and all of them were [lastfm]Beatles[/lastfm] albums. But believe it or not, Apple Records also recorded and released some notable albums that were not [lastfm]Beatles[/lastfm] albums.
Check out the top 5 non-Beatle albums released by Apple Records after the jump.
James Tayler – James Taylor (12/8/68)
Very few people know that [lastfm]James Taylor[/lastfm]’s debut solo album was recorded with the help of the Beatles. [lastfm]James Taylor[/lastfm] caught the attention of [lastfm]Paul McCartney[/lastfm], via producer Peter Asher, and not long after the Beatles were helping James Taylor record in between White Album recording sessions. Paul McCartney and George Harrison even played on Taylor’s “Carolina On My Mind.” Harrison also borrowed the opening lines of Taylor’s “Something In The Way She Moves” for a little song he was working on.
Badfinger – Straight Up (12/13/71)
The album started as a half-finished attempt with George Harrison as producer, and was eventually completely redone with Todd Rundgren at the helm. The album consists of some of [lastfm]Badfinger[/lastfm]’s best works, including “Baby Blue,” “Day After Day,” and “It’s Over.”
Jackie Lomax – Is This What You Want? (3/21/69)
This album was one of George Harrison’s first completely produced albums. Harrison even penned the song “Sour Milk Sea” for the soul singer who was discovered by him in Liverpool. Lomax’s formidable voice soars throughout the album that sounds unquestionably Beatle-y. “Sour Milk Sea” was recorded with an all-star lineup of George Harrison, [lastfm]Eric Clapton[/lastfm], [lastfm]Ringo Starr[/lastfm], [lastfm]Paul McCartney[/lastfm] and more.
Billy Preston – That’s The Way God Planned It (8/22/69)
The Famous pianist that played on “Get Back” with the Beatles, released an album of his own four months after the release of Let It Be. Probably Preston’s best album, That’s The Way was recorded with the typical Apple records all-star cast, this time with Ginger Baker of [lastfm]Cream[/lastfm] on drums, and Keith Richards on guitar. The album included covers of [lastfm]Bob Dylan[/lastfm] and W.C. Handy, and it was recorded with Preston’s signature gospel infused soul-funk style.
Doris Troy – Doris Troy (9/4/70)
[lastfm]Doris Troy[/lastfm], who was already a success in her own right, was doing session work with [lastfm]Billy Preston[/lastfm] in 1969 when George Harrison convinced her to sign with the label. Although the album was only a moderate success, song’s like “You Give Me Joy Joy” that featured Harrison, Ringo Starr and Stephen Stills became instant classics. Troy would also go on to sing backup vocals on a little album called Dark Side of The Moon by [lastfm]Pink Floyd[/lastfm].