Dave Slater – Focal Point, Apple and The Beatles

Friday, 18 November 2011, 20:02 | Category : Articles, Beatles, Merseybeat
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Liverpool band Focal Point were the first act signed to Apple in 1967 but The Beatles’ embryonic organisation did not yet have a record label. The group signed to Apple Publishing with their single “Love You Forever” / “Sycamore Sid” released on Deram.   Focal Point (left to right), Back Row: Tim Wells, Dave Slater, Dave […]

Focal Point

Monday, 29 August 2011, 13:43 | Category : Focal Point
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In early 1968 Focal Point were one of the hottest prospects in British rock. They were the first act signed to Apple Publishing, named by Brian Epstein and praised by the Beatles. The Strange Brew goes to Liverpool where Dave Slater and Tim Wells from the band introduce key tracks from or linked to their […]

Merseybeat Sunset

1966 is understood to be the year when Merseybeat era ground to a halt. A time when the chart hits dried up and bands that were hot a few years before became anachronisms compared with new more progressive psych sounds from London. But what really happened? In fact what we saw was Mersey acts regroup […]

Apple Core

There’s a great new cd out featuring the best of Apple Records. However, the label features so much more. The Strange Brew Podcast delves deep into the Apple Core. From publishing demo’s, out-takes, rarities, Beatle classics to the world premiere of Sidewalk Society’s brilliant cover of rare Apple gem “In The First Place”! Badfinger – Apple of My […]