Sour Milk Sea
This disc was auctioned at Christies in May 2004.
See the auction description below
I've chosen to include this disc in The Beatles Emidisc section because it includes most of The Beatles, it was written and produced by George, it was one of the first four Apple singles and it was recorded in Abbey Road studio 3.
Recorded between 24-26 June 1968.
Jackie Lomax - vocal
George Harrison - guitar, guide or backing vocal
Paul McCartney - bass
Ringo Starr - drums
Eric Clapton - lead guitar
Nicky Hopkins - keyboard
Eddie Clayton - percussion
POP MEMORABILIA INCLUDING THE COLLECTION OF ALEXIS MARDAS
Location London, South Kensington Sale Date May 05, 2004
Lot Number 238 Sale Number 9836
Lot Title Various Artists/Apple Records
Estimate 500 - 700 British pounds
Pre-lot Text The following 15 Lots are from the collection of John Alexis Mardas, a.k.a. Magic Alex.
Acclaimed as a science prodigy from his teens, Alexis Mardas moved from his native Greece to England in the early 1960s. He met Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones around 1963, and was subsequently commissioned to design a revolutionary new system of linking lights with sound for the band's stage performances.
In 1966, he met John Lennon, who was so impressed by his scientific skills that he dubbed him 'Magic Alex', and often referred to him as "my guru". The Beatles were in the early stages of forming their Apple empire, and Mardas was installed as the head of Apple Electronics. He continued his experiments with audio-visual technology until the company fell foul of Apple's cost-cutting crusade in 1969.
During this period, he was arguably one of Lennon's closest friends outside the Beatles. Lennon was the best man at his weddding; and Mardas accompanied the group on many of their global adventures, including their trips to Greece and India, and the filming of their Magical Mystery Tour. Even after Apple Electronics was closed, he remained friends with both Lennon and George Harrison, and John and Yoko continued to travel to Greece to holiday with him. Since leaving the Beatles' employment, Mardas has continued to work in many different fields, not least as a security consultant to many of the crowned heads of Europe.
Lot Description Various Artists/Apple Records
A collection of rare 7" records comprising: two single-sided 7" acetates with white Emidisc labels, one inscribed in an unknown hand INNER LIGHT, THE BEATLES; the other inscribed SOUR MILK SEA, APPLE REC.; a single-sided 7" acetate with Apple label inscribed in an unknown hand DONOVAN, LORD OF THE REEDY RIVER; and a test pressing for the Plastic Ono Band's single Give Peace A Chance/Remember Love, the Apple label with typescript track and artist details (4)
Holland sleeve B-side.