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Hard Core Apple

by Sparkling Apple

The brand new album from Sparkling Apple, well-remembered in the 70s for bone-crunching raw rock & roll – genuine unadulterated classic rock from certified rock & roll lifers.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It's Criminal
4:34 $0.99
2. Never Gonna Kiss You Bye Bye
3:30 $0.99
3. If You Could See Me Now
2:57 $0.99
4. Get Off the Stove, You're Too Old to Ride the Range
4:21 $0.99
5. Two Time Affair
4:04 $0.99
6. Little Bit
3:53 $0.99
7. Killer By Night
4:13 $0.99
8. Roll Em On Down
2:51 $0.99
9. Play At Your Own Risk
3:09 $0.99
10. I'm Only Here for the Beer
2:51 $0.99
11. Good Time Girl
3:23 $0.99
12. Warm Up Band
5:54 $0.99
13. Pay
3:35 $0.99
14. Gotcha Where I Wantcha
4:11 $0.99
15. Getaway
4:48 $0.99
16. Midnight Flight
6:04 $0.99
17. Midlife Crisis
4:03 $0.99
18. Crazy for Your Love
4:41 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Show us your hits – drunk rock is back! Sparkling Apple, "Rock n Roll All the Way From Mars". Well-remembered in the 70s for tough, high-energy anti-disco party rock injected with naughty bits and crazy stage antics, the band likes its music loud and hard, delivering the goods with pure, unadulterated bar-room rock & roll – straight up, no chaser.

For years, Sparkling Apple were hardy touring perennials on a succession of gruelling road trips, playing high schools, bars and nightclubs everywhere from Terrace to Toronto, following their philosophy of "taking the music to the people". In 1979, frustrated by the indifference of established record labels, the band made their most prominent move by becoming the founding group for their own label, RadioActive Records. From then on, Sparkling Apple releases included two singles (I'm Only Here For the Beer, It's Criminal), two EPs (Little Bit, If You Could See Me Now), all of which received Vancouver radio play, and even two cuts on the very first Vancouver Seeds album (now out of print and highly-collectible).

After a successful run with five different bass players, the band retired in 1993, but sleepily emerged from hibernation after twenty years. The band reunited and is currently gigging with the last official lineup, featuring Art the Fart the Heavy Metal Kid, Captain Maniac and bassist Kevin Stuart Swain. Drawing on an extensive back catalog and live recordings, Sparkling Apple has released what is technically their debut CD (their early tracks were released on vinyl, as CDs hadn't been invented yet), namely "Hard Core Apple", a compilation of remastered hits, four recently-unearthed live recordings, and two brand new and newly-recorded 2012 tracks written by Kevin Stuart Swain.

From their catchy 1980 hit single "It's Criminal" to the bone-crunching smash hit "Midlife Crisis" and the certifiably unstable "Crazy For Your Love" (2012), the CD covers all points in between masterfully, top heavy with exuberant rockers and NO ballads. Every officially-released Sparkling Apple track is here, including the first Sparkling Apple single, "I'm Only Here For the Beer" (and Mott-the-Hoople soundalike "Good Time Girl") as well as choice tracks from the very rare EPs found on Ebay at extortionate prices. "Midnight Flight", one of the songs from the premier C-FOX Seeds album, is also containted herein, although the Star Wars sound effects found on the original album were by necessity edited out, due to licensing restrictions. As an added bonus, the band has also added four previously unreleased live original tunes to this disc, featuring inebriated musicians recorded under combat conditions!

This recording of rock & roll lifers is a must-have for the band's friends and fans, known collectively as The Apple Corps, who have loyally supported Sparkling Apple all these years. For everyone else (you know who you are), thanks for nothing! Play this album REAL LOUD!



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Cal Woosnam

Hitting Hard again
Another great album from a group that doesn't quit. Glad to hear the new stuff definite evolution from Live At Eleven on the Fox, where we recorded them live for radio syndication. Keep up the good work! Love to always hear more. Just Magic Music

Zinc Alloy

Rock n Roll All the Way From Mars
Having seen this band on the 70s bar circuit, I was excited to learn that this band from the old days had resurfaced. Yes, Sparkling Apple is back in your face with a new CD consisting of all their old records now on a silver platter. All my favorite Apple originals are on there as well as two brand new songs, "Midlife Crisis" and "Crazy For Your Love", performed in the same style of vintage mayhem they were famous for. It's great to hear Art the Fart sing again, notably on Midlife Crisis! I got the CD at the band's CD release party in July, but I know that if you weren't at the party, you can still buy Hard Core Apple right here on CD Baby. If you're an old fan, you're required to have this CD!

Hard Core Apple by Sparkling Apple

First Class Apple
I just finished playing Hard Core Apple for the first time....LOUD, of course.
This is great, classic seventies rock that reminds me how extraordinary some of our B.C. bands were and how they would have achieved great success had they been south of the border.
I don't know where to begin with compliments and accolades...I'm almost at a loss for words.
Great original songs, solid musicianship,top drawer vocals, I love the LIVE's awesome.
Well done, guys!
Would have loved to see them back in the day...their music exudes fun and brings smiles to my face.

Justin Casey Howells

"Midlife Crisis" changed my life!
Sparkling Apple's first single in 30 years, and what a great song! This burns ferociously without a let up, right from the opening feedback and into the piledriving rhythm. Autobiographical in nature, it's the familiar story of "I'm over 50 - what happens now?", with the protagonist's do-or-die attitude and desire to keep on rockin' no matter what. The music is reminiscent of analogue classic rock a la Bad Company with a nod to AC/DC, but having said that, Sparkling Apple has its own integrity -- mean and hungry rather than like rockers with walkers. The band is proud to have created an essential tune for Our Generation, with searing & sizzllng guitar solos from another era, in-your-face bass and seismic drums. Recommended for fans of blast-register 70s rock and roll.

Jacquelyn Hyde

My kind of music
This album is a refreshing change from what passes for music these days! Can't get enough of "Midlife Crisis".