Sorry for the lack of posts. I've been busy... You know how it is. At least I haven't given up completely like some of my favorite "sharity" bloggers. This time I'll be sharing one of the rarest LP's on the Beatles' Apple label, John Tavener's Celtic Requiem.
Apparently "discovered" and handled by Ringo, John Tavener was an avant-garde classical composer who put out two records for Apple. His first, the Whale (which was re-issued on Ringo's short-lived Ring O' Records in the later 70's) is actually the better of the two and is one of my favorite Apple albums (which is saying a lot). This one is enjoyable too, if you dig this sort of thing.
Celtic Requiem was never released in America and is supposedly almost impossible to get ahold of in England as well. Tavener's early work features innovative percussion and instrumentation, spoken words, operatic wailing and chanting and small orchestral ensembles altering between somber droning textures and stabbing cacophenies of sound. The music on this record deals with children and their view of death and meditations on religious/biblical themes. The sing-song taunts of British schoolchildren add a nightmarish quality. When I heard some of Tavener's more recent work, I was disapointed to find it was kind of mediocre and uniteresting schlock, but I guess you could say the same thing about pretty much every other musician from the 1960's.
Most of the non-Beatles Apple albums were re-issued on CD and/or "limited edition" vinyl for about 30 seconds in the early 90's. They all went back out-of-print almost instantly. I guess that there wasn't much interest in "musical relics" like Billy Preston, Mary Hopkin and George Harrison's Wonderwall Music at that time. I randomly found my used copy of the Celtic requiem re-issue a year or two ago. I think I paid about three bucks for it. It's on CD so there's no pops and I've included the booklet. Hope somebody will be interested in this!