Aug 1, 2011
THE WASHINGTON APPLE - FRESH COUNTRY APPLES (DELICIOUS 1970) Kor mastering cardboard sleeve
The Washington Apples were from the Pacific Northwest and consisted of Janet Marble (vocals), Joe Hadlock (keyboards), Tom Chapman (guitar), David King (bass), and Scott Schreckengost (drums).
“WHEN THE ‘APPLES FIRST STARTED, THE IDEA WAS TO WRITE AND RECORD SOME UNUSUAL CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FOR RADIO COMMERCIALS ABOUT WASHINGTON APPLES. ” (album liner note)
After starting their careers cutting a series of radio commercials in support of Washington apples, the band got a chance to record some more conventional material and saw the release of a 1970 album on the Seattle-based Delicious Records label. “Fresh Country Apples” is definitely different. The first side offers up a series of expanded versions of their earlier commercial jingles. Powered by excellent vocals, material such as the title track isn’t half bad, the only major mis-step being the hokey “Apple Core Baltimore” (the title says it all). The flip side features the band in a more contemporary setting and is actually quite good.
Highlights include a bluesy cover of “Summertime”, “Blues for J” and Hadlock’s pseudo-jazzy “Another Day”, and a version of the Youngbloods’ “Sunlight”. While some dealers have hyped the album as being a psych classic, most of the set sports a far more commercial orientation. The one exception is the extended closer “Ode To Cory”. Complete with thunderstorm effects, squealing guitar and a dirge like tempo, this one sounds like it was torn out of some acid-tripping San Francisco band’s catalog. Quite impressive. (Acid Archives)