The Concert for Bangladesh was the first benefit concert of its kind in that it brought together an extraordinary assemblage of major artists collaborating for a common humanitarian cause -- setting the precedent that music could be used to serve a higher purpose.ANow for the first time on DVD, this two-disc package includes the original 99-minute feature film plus 72 minutes of extras.AIncludes previously unseen performances of: "If Not for You" featuring George Harrison and Bob Dylan from rehearsals, "Come On in My Kitchen" featuring Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Leon Russell at the sound check, and a Bob Dylan performance from the afternoon show of "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" not included in the original film. In Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 Surround Sound.AIncludes a 32-page booklet.AApprox. 172 mins.
I still have the same record some thirty-two years later, and although I had brought the CD several years back, I think it is a high-time for me to buy a DVD to show my kids; my contribution to the Generation X I fondly call them, how a mass of people in this country, regardless of their race, age, gender, religion, all came together under one great flag that year and actually gave God something to smile about.
Rumors of financial scandal in the distribution of relief fund immediately following the year of the concert notwithstanding, the noble action of great many that year counts for something. Also notwithstanding, a seemingly lack of sophistication in the making of that concert, but the musicianship and the genuine fan participation still out-shine many present day events. A true 'Jewel' and a true 'Triumph of the Human Spirit'! And it would be a shame and a mockery, if the re-issue of this watershed DVD were being debated today on the ground of profitability. This event is a 'Public Domain', and should belong to the entire human race.
This came at the end of a running, multi-year collaboration between George Harrison, Eric Clapton, the Delaney & Bonnie Band, Dave Mason and a whole host of others including a young Phil Collins. Many of the main musicians except for Bob Dylan had been playing together for years and it shows on the strong renditions of Harrison's songs. Harrison, Clapton, the D&B band and Phil Spector had just finished the All Things Must Pass epic album, and Clapton and others from the crew had recorded the Layla album, also epic. After this some of the same people went on tour with Joe Cocker as 'Mad Dogs and Englishmen.' You simply could not have assembled a better band than this in the early 70s.
For this concert, it is the D&B musicians backing Harrison, Ringo Starr, Clapton and every great session player in the vicinity. These performances launched the careers of Billy Preston and Leon Russell and returned Bob Dylan to the radio after a long absence.
It starts with Harrison explaining the notion of a benefit concert and how he came to organize it. This was the first benefit rock concert and really has not been equalled since. It also has some songs by Ravi Shankar and a small, all-star band of Indian musicians, as well as a few scenes of the suffering of the starving people of Bangladesh.