Apple Records and EMI will be releasing remastered versions of key albums from the Apple Records catalog, including Badfinger, James Taylor, and Billy Preston.
“Each of the 15 albums in this bumper batch of Apple Records releases has been digitally remastered at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London by the same dedicated team of engineers behind The Beatles’ recent remastered catalogue releases of 2009.”
Wait, they’re passing over 1971’s The Radha Krsna Temple (SAPCOR 18)? That wouldn’t have happened if George was alive.
Lots of people have made the claim of “the Fifth Beatle” and many more have been appointed the title. From manager Brian Epstein to roadie Mal Evans to producer George Martin to engineer Geoff Emerick, all have been tagged as the fifth Beatle. But only one man can truly claim that role in my eyes: Billy Preston.
Preston’s contribution to Let It Be alone gives him the right to claim the title. Imagine that album without his soulful, tasteful, and entirely emotional playing. You can’t.