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23 July 2012
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mr. Sun king coming together
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I finally got Let It Be on vinyl yesterday, and it's got a red apple where the granny smith should be. This isn't the first time I've heard of this, but I don't remember the story behind it. Can one of you explain it to me?

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
23 July 2012
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mr. Sun king coming together said

I finally got Let It Be on vinyl yesterday, and it's got a red apple where the granny smith should be. This isn't the first time I've heard of this, but I don't remember the story behind it. Can one of you explain it to me?

I don't know if I've ever heard of this before! Certainly, any copies that I've seen (including my old copy) had the green apple, so I guess Canadian copies didn't have the red one; and presumably your copy is an original American. At any rate, according to Wikipedia:

"The American release was also originally issued by Apple Records, but because United Artists distributed the film, United Artists also held the rights to distribute the record in America. (EMI subsidiary Capitol, which held The Beatles' US contract, had simultaneous rights to the music on the album, and could distribute the songs on various singles and compilation albums. Capitol, however, did not have the rights to release or distribute the actual album.) To indicate that Let It Be was not distributed by Capitol, the original record label in America sported a red apple, rather than The Beatles' usual green Granny Smith apple. In early 1976, when The Beatles' EMI contract expired, the group's catalogue in the US transferred from Apple to Capitol; Let It Be, however, went out-of-print in America for three years."

…A Beatles album actually going OOP! The mind boggles.

At any rate, that's quite a minor treasure you have there! Where did you find that, MrSunking?

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23 July 2012
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I found it in a small record shop in downtown Montreal. Why it had an original American release (in pristine condition) is still beyond me. But it's mine now, so I don't care.

I tried to think of something powerful and moving… and failed.  "You were given a choice between war and dishonor - you chose dishonor, and you shall have war" - Winston Churchill
24 July 2012
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Wow, 'record shop'? They still have those? Montreal sounds great!

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24 July 2012
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vonbontee said
Wow, 'record shop'? They still have those? Montreal sounds great!

There are a lot of them in US too (and this is coming from someone who doesn't live in US xD).

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24 July 2012
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He was being sarcastic – he knows (or should damn know) that record stores are thriving again.
And Von – Montreal does kick Toronto's ass every day of the (8 day) week.

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24 July 2012
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As far as I know the version of Let It Be in the original UK box set had a red apple on the back (mine has a green apple, so I think the box set is a bit of a mongrel). I don't know about other countries. More info here: http://www.jpgr.co.uk/pcs7096.html

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Maybe it has something to do with the Paul myth ;D *enter more nonsense here*

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26 July 2012
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Yeah, because he was eating an apple when he got into the car crash, and the apple got blood on it. It represents his death, and also the blood they shed dealing with his death. That's the real reason they chose the granny smith apple; that's what Paul was eating when he died. George had some records with white Apple logos. Those represented Paul's spirit running around in shambles after the car crash.

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26 July 2012
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mr. Sun king coming together said

He was being sarcastic – he knows (or should damn know) that record stores are thriving again.

Yeah, and it's good to hear – just wish there was a half-decent one within reasonable distance of where I live/walk/ride buses! (Brampton, to be precise. Toronto-bashing is fun, isn't it?)

Curious that the red apple wasn't used on the "Let It Be" or "Long And Winding Road" singles. I guess Capitol distributed these?

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26 July 2012
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(Brampton, to be precise. Toronto-bashing is fun, isn't it?)

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