Various Artists - Concert For George

Limited 4LP 180 Gram Vinyl Records Box Set, US Pressing

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Concert For George is a soundtrack album by Various Artists in tribute for George Harrison, originally released in November 2003 via Warner Bros. Records.

The Concert for George was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 29 November 2002 as a memorial to George Harrison on the first anniversary of his death.

The event was organised by Olivia Harrison, and his son, Dhani, and arranged under the musical direction of Eric Clapton and Jeff Lynne. The profits from the event went to the Material World Charitable Foundation, an organisation set up by Harrison.

The concert opened with a traditional Sanskrit invocation, the “Sarve Sham” chant, followed by Indian music with Anoushka Shankar, daughter of Ravi Shankar, playing "Your Eyes". Anoushka Shankar and Jeff Lynne then performed "The Inner Light", followed by a Ravi Shankar composition "Arpan" (Sanskrit for 'to give'), specially written for the occasion.

There was a comedy interlude with four of the surviving members of the Monty Python troupe (Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam along with Python contributor Neil Innes) performing "Sit on My Face". Then Michael Palin came out as an over-the-top announcer who eventually states that he only ever wanted to be a lumberjack. He was then joined by the Pythons, Innes, Carol Cleveland and actor Tom Hanks and The Fred Tomlinson Singers to perform "The Lumberjack Song".

The remainder of the concert featured "George's Band" and included the surviving members of The Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as musicians Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Jools Holland, Albert Lee, Sam Brown, Gary Brooker, Joe Brown, Ray Cooper, Andy Fairweather-Low, Marc Mann, Dave Bronze, Klaus Voormann, Harrison's son Dhani and several other musicians who appeared on Harrison's recordings over the years.

They played a selection of mostly Harrison's songs, from both Beatles and post-Beatles eras, generally staying faithful to Harrison's original arrangements. Performances included Clapton on "If I Needed Someone" and "Beware of Darkness"; Clapton and Preston on "Isn't It a Pity"; McCartney on "For You Blue" and "All Things Must Pass"; Starr on "Photograph" and "Honey Don't"; McCartney and Clapton on "Something" (McCartney opening with a solo ukulele accompaniment which then shifts into a full band version featuring Clapton); Preston on "My Sweet Lord"; McCartney, Clapton and Starr reuniting on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"; Petty on "I Need You" and "Taxman"; Lynne on "I Want to Tell You" and "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)"; Petty and Lynne with Dhani Harrison and Jim Keltner on "Handle With Care" as a quasi-Traveling Wilburys; and the group performance of "Wah-Wah".

Joe Brown closed the show with a rendition of "I'll See You in My Dreams" on ukulele, one of Harrison's favourite instruments.

To honour what would have been George Harrison’s 75th birthday in 2018, the concert was issued on a 4LP vinyl set for the first time.

Check out the tracks:  While My Guitar Gently Weeps”; “I Need You”; “Isn’t It A Pity”; and “Official Trailer”.

This limited edition 4LP box set is on 180 gram vinyl with a special etched Side 8, four individual sleeves housed in a special slipcase and printed booklet, pressed in the US via Concord Music.

(888072030060)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Artist

Time

A1

Sarve Shaam

Traditional Prayer

3:18

A2

Your Eyes

Anoushka Shankar

8:23

A3

The Inner Light

Jeff Lynne And Anoushka Shankar

3:02

B1

Arpan

Conducted by Anoushka Shankar, Composed by Ravi Shankar

23:02

C1

Sit On My Face

Monty Python

6:57

C2

The Lumberjack Song

Monty Python With Tom Hanks

C3

I Want To Tell You

Jeff Lynne

2:53

C4

If I Needed Someone

Eric Clapton

2:29

C5

Old Brown Shoe

Gary Brooker

3:48

C6

Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)

Jeff Lynne

3:29

D1

Beware Of Darkness

Eric Clapton

4:01

D2

Here Comes The Sun

Joe Brown

3:09

D3

That's The Way It Goes

Joe Brown

3:40

D4

Horse To The Water

Sam Brown

4:32

D5

Taxman

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

3:11

E1

I Need You

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers

3:00

E2

Handle With Care

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers With Jeff Lynne And Dhani Harrison

3:27

E3

Isn't It A Pity

Billy Preston

6:58

E4

Photograph

Ringo Starr

3:57

F1

Honey Don't

Ringo Starr

3:04

F2

For You Blue

Paul McCartney

3:05

F3

Something

Paul McCartney And Eric Clapton

4:26

F4

All Things Must Pass

Paul McCartney

3:33

F5

While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Paul McCartney And Eric Clapton

5:57

G1

My Sweet Lord

Billy Preston

5:03

G2

Wah Wah

Eric Clapton & Band*

6:06

G3

I'll See You In My Dreams

Joe Brown

4:02

SKU 888072030060
Record Label Concord Music
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number CR00041
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 23 February 2018
Original Release Date (Year) 17 November 2003
Barcode # 888072030060
Shipping Weight 1.7500kg
Shipping Width 0.030m
Shipping Height 0.320m
Shipping Length 0.320m
Shipping Cubic 0.003072m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition 4LP Records, 180 Gram Vinyl, Mandala Design Etching on Side 8, Individual Sleeves housed in a Slipcase, 12"x12" Booklet, First Time On Vinyl, Includes Complete Concert Audio
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Genre World Music
Format VINYL LP

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