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Released: July 1990

Rating: 3.667 (average of 3 ratings)

Genre: rock > grunge

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Album Tracks:

  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 [4:02]
  12. Mr. Danny Boy [4:50]
  13. Crown of Thorns [6:18]

Songs credited to Mother Love Bone.


sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
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peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 77
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

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Notes: A 1992 rerelease entitled Mother Love Bone added “Thru Fadeaway,” “Mindshaker Meltdown,” “Half Ass Monkeyboy,” and “Chloe Dancer/Crown of Thorns” (all from the 1989 Shine EP) as well as a CD single with “Capricorn Sister” and “Lady Godiva Blues.”

Mother Love Bone
“Fair or unfair, Mother Love Bone is destined to be described as ‘the band Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard were in before Pearl Jam.’ But in fact, Apple is a solid offering that can stand on its own merits. Even if Pearl Jam had never come about, Apple would be well worth obtaining” (Henderson).

“Though MLB proudly declared its allegiance to Seattle in a 1990 interview with Cash Box, Apple really doesn’t fall into the alternative rock category or inspire comparisons to bands like Nirvana, Alice in Chains, or Soundgarden. Rather, MLB were clearly Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith devotees, and it’s hard to miss the influence of Zep’s Robert Plant and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler when lead singer Andrew Wood tears into such intense yet melodic hard rock boogie as Capricorn Sister, Stardog Champion, and Captain Hi-Top” (Henderson).

“This was a band with great potential, but sadly, one can only speculate on what would have happened had it had a chance to develop” (Henderson).

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Pearl Jam’s DMDB page Next Mother Love Bone-related album: Temple of the Dog’s ‘Temple of the Dog’ (1990)

Last updated September 11, 2009.