Apple Demos (1972)
Following Bill Elliott's vocal on John Lennon's song, God Save Us in 1971 with the Elastic Oz Band, Mal Evans attempted to get Splinter on Apple Records, but since the label was winding down, nothing happened until George Harrison decided to start his own label.
This is an Apple Custom Label acetate cut at 3 Savile Row in London. It's a one-sided 12-inch disc with 7 banded tracks which plays at 33-1/3 rpm. It came from a box of acetates in Derek Taylor's office at Apple. The label mistakenly lists the artist as "Splinters".
What's on this disc?
This disc consists of 7 demos that are mostly acoustic performances. None of these versions of Splinter songs have ever been released.
1. *Berkley House Hotel [Robert J. Purvis] (2:59)
A song that was later recorded for their 2nd LP, Harder To Live in 1975.
2. *Love Is Not Enough (To Stay Alive) [Robert J. Purvis] (2:34)
A song that had more official releases than any other Splinter song. It was released as two different studio versions and a live version. This song was also recorded at the demo session for Dark Horse Records.
Bob Purvis: "A chap called Les Tones [played electric guitar]. Les was a great guitarist and a lovely guy. I wrote the lick and played acoustic. By the time we did this, the Oz thing was over. It was before Lonely Man [for Little Malcolm]. I loved that version. We both sang lead the way we did it live. Me and Billy did a good live one. We would finish a gig with it. The song was written around the time I wrote Elly-May."
3. Another Chance That I Let Go (Lonely Man) [Robert J. Purvis, Malcolm Evans] (3:36)
Later re-recorded for the Little Malcolm film in 1973 with George Harrison on slide guitar, but never officially released, then re-recorded again for their 2nd LP, Harder To Live in 1975.
4. *Haven't Got Time [Robert J. Purvis] (3:22)
A song that was later recorded for their 1st LP, The Place I Love in 1974.
5. This Time We're Gonna Come Through [Robert J. Purvis] (2:30)
This song was also recorded at the demo session for Dark Horse Records, but never recorded for an official Splinter album or single release.
6. White Shoe Weather [Robert J. Purvis, William Elliott] (2:18)
This song was later recorded in the sessions for their 2nd LP, Harder To Live, produced by Tom Scott, but not released until 1976 on the B-side of "Love Is Not Enough (To Stay Alive)" in Japan.
7. Elly-May [Robert J. Purvis] (2:08)
Another song that was later recorded for their 1st LP, The Place I Love in 1974.
Bob Purvis - vocal, 12 string acoustic guitar, electric guitar (on Haven't Got Time)
Bill Elliott - vocal, kazoo (on White Shoe Weather)
Les Tones - electric guitar*