Cross Island - East of the Apple

Format: 12"
Availability: In stock



For their first release of 2020, Kalita unearth New York-based band Cross Island's highly sought-after 1978 disco single East of the Apple. Originally privately released on Raja Records as a promotional single to attract tourism and businesses to Long Island, New York, the record has since become highly prized by both DJs and collectors alike, in particular for its B side Just A Little Different mix. Here, as a 12” single, it's re-release officially for the first time, twinned with Al Kent remixes of both East of the Apple and the band’s unreleased recording Wave, both sourced from the original multi-track master tapes. In addition, Kalita accompany the release with never-before-seen press photos and extensive interview-based liner notes. Cross Island consisted of seven Long Island-based musicians, influenced on one side by The Beatles and The Beach Boys and on the other by George Martin, Quincy Jones and Peter Frampton. In 1978 the Long Island Tourism Commission approached the band to ask if they would write and release a record to help promote the local area. The resulting single East of the Apple was recorded over the space of just five days in Syosset, a town on the north shore of the island. Here, Kalita gives this massive disco single its just deserts, with Al Kent's two accompanying remixes extending and remoulding the recordings into two modern club weapons whilst retaining and respecting the authenticity of their original sound.

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