Photos: Apple Rehearses With The Breakestra In Los Angeles

Now-Again | Mar. 11, 2013 | Photographs | ,

No, it’s not confirmed that there will be an Ed “Apple” Nelson gig in LA supported by The Breakestra. We’re just saying that, over the past thirteen years, stranger things have happened (as examples: the Funky 16 Corners live in 2001, featuring members of The Highlighters, Leroy and The Drivers, Co-Real Artists and Bernard “Spider” Harrison himself; the L.A. Carnival live in 2003, featuring leader Lester Abrams and lead vocalist Leslie Smith). We’re just saying that Apple can still beat out that Arthur Monday “What Comes Around Goes Around” beat pretty damn good – as proved at a three hour rehearsal that Breakestra leader Miles Tackett held at his Highland Park house this past Friday. And we have the pictures to prove it.


Update: Apple And The Three Oranges “Free And Easy” Soul/Funk Anthology Out NOW (grab a free MP3!)

Now-Again | Mar. 4, 2013 | News |

Free And Easy: the complete recordings of LA soul/funk maverick Edward “Apple” Nelson out NOW. Download a free MP3 now!

It’s been almost three years since funk drummer/soul singer/all-around enigma Edward “Apple” Nelson first came by our offices to sign the papers that authorized a career-wise introspective. In the intervening years, the L.A. Weekly ran a cover story on Nelson, we sourced the only remaining photos that existed from Nelson’s Los Angeles heyday from the collectors DJ Shadow and Mike Vegh; we found the cleanest copies of Nelson’s 45s that we could; we even found an uncharted 45 that even the deepest collectors didn’t know of.

This anthology is now stores in a deluxe CD and 2LP package, and of course is available on Rappcats, Itunes, Emusic or your favorite DSP. But as a reminder – our Now-Again Deluxe subscribers were able to feast their ears on Apple’s exuberant soul and funk music since December.

You can download Nelson’s masterpiece, “I’ll Give You A Ring (When I Come, If I Come),” below.

Download: “I’ll Give You A Ring (When I Come, If I Come)”
Buy: Apple and The Three Oranges Free and Easy on Rappcats
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Apple And The Three Oranges – Free And Easy

Now-Again | Dec. 4, 2012 | Catalog | ,

Buy it here.

What Goes Around Comes Around 2:42
Free And Easy Pt. 1 2:52
Free And Easy Pt. 2 3:14
Down Home Publicity 2:57
True Love Will Never Die 3:09
My Baby 3:12
Love Brings Out The Best Of You 1:57
Curse Upon The World 2:58
Moon Light 3:05
Gotta Stand For Something Pt. 1 3:03
Gotta Stand For Something Pt. 2 2:59
My Love Needs Your Love 3:20
I’ll Give You A Ring (When I Come, If I Come) 3:14

This compilation produced, researched, annotated and with liner notes by Eothen Alapatt; additional transcription and coordination by Henoch Moore.
All songs licensed courtesy Edwards “Apple” Nelson
Restoration and remastering by Dave Cooley and Kelly Hibbert for Elysian Masters, Los Angeles.
Art direction by Errol F. Richardson.

CD, LP and Digital. 2013. NA 5093.

L.A. Weekly Cover Story: California Funk and Apple And The Three Oranges

Now-Again | May. 28, 2010 | News | ,

The L.A. Weekly, under the direction of music editor Gustavo Turner, doesn’t miss a beat. Well, of course we’d say that, as the scribe got our California Funk anthology – and a well-written peek into the life of Edward “Apple” Nelson” – onto the cover of the magazine this week. Included in the story – a never-before-seen picture of Apple And The Three Oranges, courtesy of soul and funk historian Dante Carfagna.

An excerpt:

“…as a new compilation makes clear, California has a rich, largely untold history of under-the-radar soul and funk music. California Funk: Real Funk 45s from the Golden State, just issued by Now-Again and Jazzman, chronicles music previously relegated to the memories of those who attended small clubs with live bands trained in the lost art of making crowds get down, a world largely decimated by the advent of the DJ, and it bears witness to the quality of musicians from those days.

Old publicity shots and a few rare records — most of them singles on obscure labels with names like Stanson, Sagittarius, Love, Stage Music, Igloo, Uptight and Watts USA — miraculously survived being lost to history through the loving care of collectors and obsessives on both sides of the Atlantic. For example, the U.K.’s Northern Soul dance scene (and the British appreciation for arcane cultural minutiae) would treasure one of these “holy grail” gems for a couple of decades, passing it on to the current generation of crate-diggers and beat-makers, who would sample them and drop them on DJ sets.

California Funk is the latest link in this chain of survival. This collection of the best recovered funk tracks from Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Sacramento, San Diego and places in between showcases the work of bands and the inspired leaders who gigged the local circuits in the “sock it to me” era. Every track is a highlight, from the easy, smoky barroom groove of opener “All Bundled Into One” (where Water Color makes Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” smoke a big fat one) to the closing cover of “What’s Going On” by the mysterious Mr. Clean & the Soul Inc.”

Read the full story here: Golden State Funk on the cover of the L.A. Weekly.

Apple And The Three Oranges – Free And Easy (Stage Music, 1972)

Now-Again | May. 20, 2010 | Picks |

Listen: “Free And Easy Pt. 1.”

Apple And The Three Oranges: “Free And Easy Pt. 1.”

We at Now-Again have just inked a deal with Edward “Apple” Nelson to issue an anthology of Apple And Three Oranges’ 5 45 rpm records, issued on Stage Music, Stanson and Sagittarius. In the future, we’ll give you more details about the reissue (funk expert Dante Carfagna will help write the liner notes and contribute ephemera; L.A. funk collector Cut Chemist has already contributed to the Apple interview; L.A. record dealer and Apple enthusiast Mike Vegh has agreed to contribute rare photos of the band in its prime). In the meantime, feast your ears on Apple’s classic “Free and Easy” and gaze at the original Stage Music 45 as one of our Picks.

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