Bill Elliot........................God Save Us/Do The Oz
This is a lost John Lennon release: John’s version
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Oz was first published as a satirical humour magazine between 1963 and 1969 in Sydney, Australia and, in its second and better known incarnation, became a "psychedelic hippy" magazine from 1967 to 1973 in London. Strongly identified as part of the underground press, it was the subject of two celebrated obscenity trials, one in Australia in 1964 and the other in the UK in 1971. On both occasions the magazine's editors were acquitted on appeal after initially being found guilty and sentenced to harsh jail terms. In 1970, reacting to criticism that Oz had lost touch with youth, the editors put a notice in the magazine inviting "school kids" to edit an issue. The opportunity was taken up by around 20 secondary school students (including Charles Shaar Murray and Deyan Sudjic), who were let loose on Oz #28 (May 1970), known as "Schoolkids OZ". This term was widely misunderstood to mean that it was intended for school children, whereas it was a statement that it had been created by them.
One of the resulting articles was a highly sexualised Rupert Bear parody. It was created by 15-year-old schoolboy Vivian Berger by pasting the head of Rupert onto the lead character of an X-rated satirical cartoon by Robert Crumb. The majority of the contributors were from public schools (in the English sense of the term: elite non-state schools); as a result the humour was mostly an extension of the type of material familiar from undergraduate rag mags.
Oz was one of several 'underground' publications targeted by the Obscene Publications Squad, and their offices had already been raided on several occasions, but the conjunction of schoolchildren and what some viewed as "obscene" material set the scene for the Oz obscenity trial of 1971. In one key respect it was a virtual re-run of the second Australian trial—the prosecution evidence and judicial instruction was clearly aimed at securing a conviction, and like Gerald Locke in Sydney, the judge hearing the London case, Justice Argyle, exhibited clear signs of bias against the defendants. However the British trial was given a far more dangerous edge because the prosecution employed an archaic charge against Neville, Dennis and Anderson—"conspiracy to corrupt public morals"—which, in theory, carried a virtually unlimited penalty..
Oz number 33, back cover advertising "A Gala Benefit For The OZ Obscenity Trial"
The defence lawyer, John Mortimer QC, announced at the opening of the trial in 1971 that “[the] case stands at the crossroads of our liberty, at the boundaries of our freedom to think and draw and write what we please”. For the defence, this specifically concerned the treatment of dissent and dissenters, about the control of ideas and suppressing the messages of social resistance communicated by OZ in issue #28. The charges read out in the central criminal court stated “[that the defendants] conspiring with certain other young persons to produce a magazine containing obscene, lewd, indecent and sexually perverted articles, cartoons and drawings with intent to debauch and corrupt the morals of children and other young persons and to arouse and implant in their minds lustful and perverted ideas”. According to Mr Brian Leary prosecuting "It dealt with homosexuality, lesbianism, sadism, perverted sexual practices and drug taking".
Dennis and Anderson were defended by lawyer and playwright John Mortimer (creator of the Rumpole of the Bailey series) with assistance from Australian lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, while Neville represented himself.
The trial brought the magazine to the attention of the wider public. John Lennon and Yoko Ono joined the protest march against the prosecution and organised the recording of "God Save Us" by the ad hoc group Elastic Oz Band to raise funds and gain publicity. Lennon explained how the song title changed from "God Save Oz" to "God Save Us":
First of all we wrote it as ‘God Save Oz,’ you know, ‘God save Oz from it all,’ but then we decided they wouldn’t really know what we were talking about in America so we changed it back to “Us.”
"God Save Us" was first demoed by John Lennon, but the lead singer on the recording was Bill Elliot for contractual reasons. "God Save Us"/"Do The Oz" was released on The Beatles' Apple Records label. Lennon's original demo was issued in 1998 on the John Lennon Anthology and again on Wonsaponatime.
Ravi Shankar.......................................Joi Bangla/Oh Bhaugowan/Raga Mishra
Perhaps Apple’s most un-commercial release! This was an EP rather than a single, containing four tracks.
This is the only Apple release so far that I cannot find on You tube!
This track did get released on Apple in Japan
Beatle involvement : Produced by George Harrison
Yoko Ono...........................Mrs. Lennon/Midsummer New York
At this point Yoko seems to have become one of Apple’s regular recording artists. This release featured a modified Apple label with Yoko’s face superimposed upon it.
This is taken from the Album “Fly” and was featured in the film Imagine
Beatle involvement: John was usually present on all Yok’s recordings at this time and usually played on them.
Mary Hopkin..................................Water, Paper and Clay/Jefferson
The last offering from Mary Hopkin and Apple. Taken from the album Earth Song , Ocean Song
Beatle involvement : None
Badfinger.......................Day After Day /Sweet Tuesday Morning
This was the last Badfinger single to get a full release in the UK. It showed aband who had matured in their music and were entering a new phase in their career. It made number 10 in the UK and 4 in the US . One of Apple’s finest releases in my opinion.
Beatle involvement: Produced by George Harrison
Yoko Ono.........................Mind Train/Listen, The Snow Is Falling
Another Yoko single again with the face superimposed on the label. The B side appeared on the John and Yoko release Happy Christmas ( War is over )
The single version is not on Youtube but the extended album version is ( Parts 1 and 2) .
Beatle involvement : Produced by John and Yoko ( I believe John plays on it Too!)
This was to be Badfinger’s next release , but it was cancelled in the UK. It did come out as Apple 42 in New Zealand. By now the erratic release schedule of Apple of Badfingers singles was damaging their career and they were fading into the background. It seems that a single version does not appear on Youtube so I have put in an appearance on The Kenny Rogers show:
Chris Hodge............................We're On Our Way/Supersoul
It seems that at this late point in the label’s history, they started to introduce new talent.
Chris Hodge : in 1972, a young rocker named Chris Hodge came on board by way of Beatles Drummer Ringo Starr. (It's said that Ringo caught Chris performing in a London club and liked what he saw ... they also reportedly shared a common love of science fiction movies.)
The single got a wide release in The USA New Zealand and Australia
He produced one single for Apple We are On Our Way:
Beatle involvement:Both Yoko Ono and Ringo Starr have been credited with bringing Hodge to the Apple label.
Sundown Playboys............................Saturday Nite Special/Valse De Soleil Coucher
THE SUNDOWN PLAYBOYS
A six-piece Cajun band that had been performing in Louisiana since 1945, the Playboys
hardly seemed the stuff of Apple.
They released their “Saturday Nite Special” 45 on the local Swallow label in 1972. The
band’s teenaged accordionist, Patrick Savant, a fan of rock as well as of Cajun music,
sent a copy of the record on a whim to the Apple offices in London…and the label bit,
deciding to put out “Saturday Nite Special.” George Harrison supposedly made the call
himself to Savant to talk business.
In September of 1972, Apple released “Saturday Nite Special,” but the song (which exists
only in mono) tanked and is now quite a valuable commodity—both on 7-inch and on an
illogical, but charming, 78 rpm 10-inch release.
The 10 inch 78 issue was I believe a promotional tool and was probably the Demo version of the record.
This record was only ever put out in Mono , this may suggest that Apple only released it and had no part in it’s recording.
Beatle involvement :Paul seems to have been involved in their signing to Apple.
Elephant's Memory.........................................Pow er Boogie/Liberation Special
John Lennon was looking for a backing band to tour with. He found Elephant’s Memory and set about recording them at Apple.
Beatle involvement: John found them and signed them to Apple. Production by John