“On the step outside you stand…With your flowers in your hand, my Apple Scruffs..”

Apple Scruffs – George Harrison (1970) 96KHz/24bit FLAC 4K Video ~MetalGuruMessiah~

“Apple Scruffs” was released in November 1970 on George Harrison’s massive musical monument, the 3-album All Things Must Pass album. Continuing with more videos from one of my favorite albums. My idea was to use clips from Beatlemania to represent the “Apple Scruffs” but I liked the groovy dancers better! 😉

From Wiki:

The name “Apple scruffs” was first coined by George Harrison during the late 1960s. Although well known for his aversion to fan worship, particularly to the Beatlemania phenomenon, Harrison had formed a bond with a number of the scruffs; he acknowledged in an April 1969 interview with Disc magazine: “their part in the play is equally as important as ours”. His song “Apple Scruffs” was written as a tribute to the fans who had kept vigil outside the various recording studios he had been working in since late May 1970, during the sessions for his All Things Must Pass triple album, as well as the Apple headquarters on Savile Row. Although Harrison makes no mention of the song in his 1980 autobiography, Derek Taylor, in his role as editor, describes the Apple scruffs as the “central core” of fans, long after Beatlemania had subsided, adding that “We were all very fond of them”.

Harrison invited the Apple scruffs into Abbey Road Studios to hear the results. A teenager at the time, Gill Pritchard later recalled that Harrison told them: “Well, you had your own magazine, your own office on the [studio] steps, so why not your own song?”

The recording has been noted for its Bob Dylan influence, featuring Harrison on acoustic guitar and harmonica, and is recognized as a departure from the big sound synonymous with All Things Must Pass. “Apple Scruffs” was also released as the B-side to “What Is Life”, gaining further popularity through airplay on US radio, and became the preferred side of the single in some countries.

Harrison recorded “Apple Scruffs” late in the proceedings, during the overdubbing and mixing phase of All Things Must Pass. Uniquely among the tracks on All Things Must Pass, “Apple Scruffs” was performed solo by Harrison – except for a percussive, tapping sound provided by Beatles assistant Mal Evans. Harrison recorded the song live on acoustic guitar and harmonica, in the style of his friend Bob Dylan. Due to his heavy beard and mustache, Harrison struggled while attempting to play the harmonica; sessions tapes also reveal he needed to coach himself on the sucking and blowing technique required for the part.

Rolling Stone’s Ben Gerson considered “Apple Scruffs” to be “One of the most wonderful cuts on the album” and added: “it sounds as if it was recorded while co-producer Phil Spector was out for coffee.”

More recently, Beatles author Bruce Spizer has written of the song: “Sandwiched in the middle of an album full of elaborate wall-of-sound productions, Apple Scruffs breaks through like a breath of fresh air.” Simon Leng praises the track’s bottleneck parts, and particularly the backing vocals, which he describes as “the best on the album”. The same passage, towards the end of the song, has been referred to by Tom Moon in his book 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die as “an explosive peak-experience refrain that comes direct from heaven’s songbook”.

In a 2001 review for the 30th anniversary reissue of All Things Must Pass, James Hunter of Rolling Stone highlighted “Apple Scruffs” among other tracks on an album that “helped define the decade it ushered in”, advising listeners to “proceed to music that exults in breezy rhythms”, which included “the colorful revolutions of ‘What Is Life’ … bluesy and intricate on Harrison and Dylan’s ‘I’d Have You Anytime,’ fizzy on ‘Apple Scruffs,’ grooving on ‘Let It Down,’ and spookily proto-disco on ‘Art of Dying'”.

This record has a tendency to sound thin and shrill. If you wish to hear All Things Must Pass the way it should sound (and who doesn’t!) head over to HDtracks http://www.hdtracks.com/all-things-must-pass-215198 and buy the Audiophile 96kHz/24bit version of the 2014 remaster….amazing! George’s son Dhani had a large hand in the way this album was remastered and sounds and he nailed it…. his dad would be proud! *This video features the higher resolution 96/24bit HD FLAC version.

[Lyrics]
Now I’ve watched you sitting there
Seen the passers-by all stare
Like you have no place to go
But there’s so much they don’t know about Apple Scruffs

You’ve been stood around for years
Seen my smiles and touched my tears
How it’s been a long, long time
And how you’ve been on my mind, my Apple Scruffs

Apple Scruffs, Apple Scruffs
How I love you, how I love you

In the fog and in the rain
Through the pleasures and the pain
On the step outside you stand
With your flowers in your hand, my Apple Scruffs

While the years they come and go
Now, your love must surely show me
That beyond all time and space
We’re together face to face, my Apple Scruffs

Apple Scruffs, Apple Scruffs
How I love you, how I love you