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Concert for Bangla Desh
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George Harrison's social and spiritual conscience had been an increasingly dominant force in the Beatles' final years, and his landmark 1970 solo album, All Things Must Pass, wasted little time giving it a remarkable, Phil... more »
George Harrison's social and spiritual conscience had been an increasingly dominant force in the Beatles' final years, and his landmark 1970 solo album, All Things Must Pass, wasted little time giving it a remarkable, Phil Spector-produced forum. Harrison took the spotlight that album's success afforded and next turned it on the dire circumstances then afflicting the young nation of Bangladesh. Gathering most of the sidemen from the All Things album, and a lineup of stellar friends (Bob Dylan, Leon Russell, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar) and former Apple cronies (Ringo Starr, Badfinger, Billy Preston), Harrison set about staging some hastily organized benefit concerts at Madison Square Garden. This album resulted, and while its sonic imperfections sometimes belie the show's haphazard organization, it's nonetheless still the one of the greatest efforts of its genre. The All Things material gets a lively live workout, while Russell very nearly steals the show. The occasion also marked Dylan's return to live performance after a long absence. Jerry McCulley
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Danny | San Francisco, Ca, USA | 08/23/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Benefit concerts are common place now, but this was the first. Held on 1st August 1971 in Madison Square Garden and captured using over 40 different microphones, these tracks still sparkle and this collection made a difference in the lives of many starving people.
Nearly thirty years later, the music is still fresh and hopeful. George Harrison (some of you may recall him as a member of the Beatles) gathered a few musicians for a magical night. Ringo Starr (identified in the liner notes by his birth name-Richard Starkey) from the Beatles joins Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Ravi Shankar, and Bob Dylan, among others.
The CD opens with almost twenty minutes of fantastic Indian music. Ravi Shankar plays a 'dhun' on sitar (just the name sounds like the popping of a drumhead) accompanied by sarod, tabla, and tamboura. Leon Russell's medley, "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Youngblood" is worth the price of this CD alone. I've listened to a lot of different recordings of this medley, but this is the best. It is alive and crisp. If that's not enough for you, keep listening and you'll hear Bob Dylan perform five great tracks. My wife and I saw him tour with Paul Simon in the summer of 1999, and marveled at his sets. But these tracks were recorded when he was at the peak of his career, and are clearly keepers. Have you ever heard "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall?" How about "Blowin' in the Wind" or "Mr. Tambourine Man?" I'm sure you have, and they were current when these performances took place.
George leads various musicians (including the Apple band Badfinger) in a lot of familiar Beatle numbers, like "It Don't Come Easy," "Something," and "Here Comes the Sun." "Beware of Darkness" is a great track, recorded with almost everyone on stage. It is chilling!.
I still remember the LIFE magazine coverage of this event, and you can hear the audience in happy amazement at this once-in-a-lifetime moment. They bought tickets, not knowing who would be there (hoping, I suppose, for a reunion of the Fab Four.) Read the article.
Buy the brand new -at last!- DVD on 25th October and the new CD remastered edition. This is by far the best benefit concert.
Remember George Harrison 1943-2001
Good News!!! and be prepare.
Lee Ming | 08/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just read from The Rolling Stones magazine that The Concert For Bangladesh will be release on DVD as a two discs set on October 25th YEAH!!!! disc one is the legendary concert, disc two is docomentary plus new interviews with Ringo and Eric Clapton!!!
A remaster cd will also go on sale and containning an unreleased Bob Dylan's "Love Minus Zero/No Limit"
Good luck for me that I almost bought a vhs version of this concert few mounths ago.
I also hope for a DVD release of Live In Japan or even the 1974 American Tour."
Harrison, Dylan, others play live
Jim K | Foxboro, MA | 02/10/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sound quality is ok, not the best but this is a live cd. Overall recommended for any rock/classic rock fan. Dylan sounds in his prime and Harrison's confidence up front shows with each song. The Dylan set is worth the purchase alone but overall nice effort for a worthy cause."