Apple is the only full-length studio album by the American rock band Mother Love Bone. It was released on July 19, 1990 through Stardog/Mercury Records.


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In September 1989, the group returned to the studio to record its debut album Apple with producer Terry Date at The Plantrecording studio in SausalitoCalifornia. The band finished the album in November 1989 at London Bridge Studios inSeattleWashington. Compared with the band's debut EP, Shine, vocalist Andrew Wood's vocal stylings are more mature, drawing heavily upon similar techniques of guitarist and singer Marc Bolan. "Crown of Thorns" originally appeared onShine, however on Apple the song is missing the opening "Chloe Dancer". The album was mixed by Tim Palmer. The album's cover art was photographed by Lance Mercer. Despite some initial difficulties, the record was on-time for its projected March 1990 release.

By early 1990 interest in the band had hit a fever pitch and it seemed destined that the band was going to make it big. Only days before Apple was slated to be released, however, Wood overdosed on heroin. After spending a few days in the hospital in a coma, Wood died, effectively bringing Mother Love Bone to an end. The album would see release later that year in July. The album eventually charted at number 34 on Billboard'Top Heatseekers chart in 1992. Kim Neely ofRolling Stone said that the album "succeeds where countless other hard-rock albums have failed, capturing the essence of what made Zep immortal – dynamics, kids! – and giving it a unique Nineties spin."[3] A music video was made for the song "Stardog Champion". The entire album later appeared on the 1992 compilation album, Mother Love Bone (also known asStardog Champion). It was also remastered and reissued on September 8, 2003 by the UK-based Lemon Recordings.


In 2005, Apple was ranked number 462 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[6]

Track listing[edit]Edit

All lyrics written by Andrew Wood, all music composed by Jeff AmentBruce FairweatherGreg GilmoreStone Gossard, and Wood.

No. Title Length
1. "This Is Shangrila"   3:42
2. "Stardog Champion"   4:58
3. "Holy Roller"   4:27
4. "Bone China"   3:44
5. "Come Bite the Apple"   5:26
6. "Stargazer"   4:49
7. "Heartshine"   4:36
8. "Captain Hi-Top"   3:07
9. "Man of Golden Words"   3:41
10. "Capricorn Sister"   4:19
11. "Gentle Groove[I]"   4:02
12. "Mr. Danny Boy"   4:50
13. "Crown of Thorns"   6:18
Total length: 57:59

^ I Only available on the CD edition.

All lyrics written by Wood, all music composed by Ament, Fairweather, Gilmore, Gossard, and Wood.

Reissue bonus track
No. Title Length
14. "Lady Godiva Blues"   3:40
Total length: 61:39


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Chart positions[edit]Edit

Chart (1992) Position
Top Heatseekers[7] 34

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