George Harrison – Electronic Sound original 1969 UK Zapple LP


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Offered for sale is an original UK pressing of George Harrison’s 1969 LP, Electronic Sound, complete with custom inner sleeve, issued on the short-lived Zapple label.

Like all releases on the Apple label, UK pressings of Electronic Sound are significantly harder to find than their US counterparts.

About this copy: This copy is in exceptional condition; the cover is VG++ with just a bit of wear at the corners and faint traces of ring wear on the back.  The record is M-, and aside from a couple of small spindle marks on the label, appears to have had very little play.

A nice copy of a scarce Beatles-related LP.

Background:  Electronic Sound is an acquired taste; it’s the result of Harrison fooling around with a Moog synthesizer with the help of Bernie Krause and the results are rather interesting.  The LP was issued on the Beatles’ short-lived Zapple Records label, which was intended to provide an outlet for more avant garde recordings.  The label only issued two records, this one and John and Yoko’s Live With the Lions before being shut down by the Beatles’ then-manager, Allen Klein. gave Electronic Sound a 4 star review:

Hard as it is to believe, George Harrison, guitar picker, was also an electronic music pioneer, as these two lengthy, abstract tone poems for early-vintage Moog synthesizer reveal. A naif in the electronic sphere, George had a lot of help putting this music together, particularly from ace California electronic composer Bernie Krause. …Though scoffed at when they were released, these pieces can hold their own and then some with many of those of other, more seriously regarded electronic composers. And when you consider that synthesizers were only capable of playing one note at a time and sounds could not be stored or recalled with the push of a button, the achievement becomes even more remarkable. Alas, George never followed up on this direction, which, like the Zapple label, was abandoned after this release.

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Country of origin: UK
Size: 12″
Record Label: Zapple
Catalog Number:
Zapple 02
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in