Apple (album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 19, 1990
RecordedFall 1989 at The Plant, Sausalito, California, and Winter 1989 at London Bridge Studios, Seattle, Washington
GenreGrunge, alternative rock, hard rock, funk metal
Lemon Recordings (reissue)
ProducerBruce Calder, Terry Date, Mark Dearnley, Mother Love Bone
Mother Love Bone chronology
Mother Love Bone
Singles from Apple
  1. "Stardog Champion"
    Released: 1990
  2. "This Is Shangrila"
    Released: 1990
  3. "Stargazer"
    Released: 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The New York Timesfavorable[2]
Rolling Stonefavorable[3]
Uncut4.5/5 stars[4]
Rock Hard (de)7.5/10[5]

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

Days before Apple was slated to be released, lead singer Andrew Wood overdosed on heroin. After spending a few days in the hospital in a coma, he died, effectively bringing Mother Love Bone to an end. The album would see release later that year in July, and it eventually peaked at number 34 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart in 1992. Kim Neely of Rolling 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]

The album featured influences from various Rock N' Roll acts that the band members grew up with and were fans of: Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, The Doors, Elton John, KISS, Led Zeppelin, and T. Rex among many other 1970s hard rock and heavy metal acts. The self-proclaimed Rock N' Roll Landrew the Love Child (Andrew Wood) along with his newly formed underground Seattle supergroup on a newly major label deal with Mercury Records; attempted to introduce their "Love rock" to the mainstream audiences for the first time.

Apple was expected to be a commercial success by Mercury Records. Upon Andrew Wood's death Mercury had lost interest in the band. Mother Love Bone were immediately dropped from the label and Mercury refused to send singles and music videos to promote Apple, so the album instead sold poorly. Feeling devastated and betrayed by their singer's death and being kicked from their major label, Mother Love Bone were forced to split-up at heavy cost to the band.

With the massive loss of money and resources, Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard still managed to convince each other to give each other another chance in their music careers and eventually forming a new group called Pearl Jam. Bruce Fairweather was no longer interested in pursuing a mainstream music career and later went onto join Seattle underground group Love Battery as bass guitarist. Ament and Gossard later found Mike McCready as lead guitarist to fill in for Fairweather's departure. Drummer Greg Gilmore later dropped his music career to focus more on being a music producer.


In 2005, Apple was ranked #462 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[6] In 2016, Apple was ranked #18 in Rolling Stone magazine's 40 Greatest One-Album Wonders.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Andrew Wood. All music written by Jeff Ament, Bruce Fairweather, Greg Gilmore, Stone Gossard, and Andrew Wood. Primary composers listed below.[8]

  1. "This Is Shangrila" (Gossard) – 3:42
  2. "Stardog Champion" (Gossard) – 4:58
  3. "Holy Roller" (Ament) – 4:27
  4. "Bone China" (Gossard) – 3:44
  5. "Come Bite the Apple" (Gossard) – 5:26
  6. "Stargazer" (Wood) – 4:49
  7. "Heartshine" – 4:36
  8. "Captain Hi-Top" – 3:07
  9. "Man of Golden Words" (Wood) – 3:41
  10. "Capricorn Sister" (Gossard) – 4:19
  11. "Gentle Groove" (Wood) – 4:02
  12. "Mr. Danny Boy" (Gossard) – 4:50
  13. "Crown of Thorns" (Wood) – 6:18
Reissue bonus track
  1. "Lady Godiva Blues" – 3:40



  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "allmusic ((( Apple > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved May 20, 2009.
  2. ^ Browne, David (1990-11-18). "RECORDINGS VIEW; Seattle Rock: Out of the Woods and Into the Wild". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-05-20.
  3. ^ a b Neely, Kim (1990-10-04). "Mother Love Bone: Apple". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on February 10, 2008. Retrieved 2009-05-20.
  4. ^ "Mother Love Bone: Apple". Uncut. Retrieved on May 20, 2009.
  5. ^ Stratmann, Holger. "Rock Hard". issue 62. Retrieved 22 May 2013.
  6. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 23. ISBN 3-89880-517-4.
  7. ^ "40 Greatest One-Album Wonders". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  8. ^ "Apple Liner Notes".