Out of print since Apple Records suspended operations in 1975, Brother, the 1972 Apple album by Lon and Derrek Van Eaton is being released on CD for the first time ever by RPM Records on June 25th. Signed to Apple after John Lennon and George Harrison heard the tape that the duo (formerly of the late 60s American group Jacob’s Creek) had sent to the Apple office, Lon and Derrek were brought over to London to be the first act to record an album in the newly built Apple Studios.
Produced by Klaus Voormann, Brother is an eclectic set of songs that encompass a wide range of styles that range from rock and R&B to folk and even an early nod towards rustic Americana. The centerpiece of the album is the single, ‘Sweet Music,’ which was produced by George Harrison at Abbey Road and which features Harrison, Ringo Starr, Mike Hugg of Manfred Mann and several others backing Lon and Derrek on a track that sounds nothing less (and understandably so) than a great lost Harrison song from the early seventies.
Freshly remastered at Abbey Road and featuring extensive liner notes from Stefan Granados as well as copious bonus tracks (including their legendary collaboration with Sir John Tavener), Brother is – to borrow a phrase or two from the review by Stephen Holden that appeared in Rolling Stone, a "staggeringly impressive first album” that "displays more energy, good feeling and sheer musical talent that any debut rock record I’ve heard this year.”
It may be forty years on, but Brother sounds as fresh and exciting today as it did in 1972, which is not a quality that can be taken for granted with many albums from the early seventies.
"…it is an album that has survived the passing of nearly 40 years very well. Stylistically encompassing pop, rock and R&B, Brother is never less than impressive…” – Alan Jones, Music Week, 29/6/2012
"What strikes you most about the brothers'
sound is their sweet, high vocals which soar above their otherwise
soft-rock arrangements." - John Blaney, Shindig! Magazine, Issue 28, 2012
The Making of 'Brother'
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