GEORGE HARRISON & FRIENDS Concert For Bangladesh (2005 UK 2-disc Region 2 PAL DVD set featuring footage filmed during the landmark sold-out concert at Madison Square Gardens which brought together an extraordinary assemblage of major artists collaborating for a common humanitarian cause including George Harrison Ravi Shankar Ringo Starr Bob Dylan and more... plus BONUS FEATURES including extraordinary unseen performances from rehearsals & soundcheck and Documentary.
Before We Are the World, before the Amnesty International concerts, before Live Aid, Live 8, 46664, and all the other charitable and/or political events that have used popular music as their principal draw, there was George Harrison's 1971 Concert for Bangladesh, a stirring affair released here in a fine two-disc set. The cause--raising money for the beleaguered people of Bangladesh (formerly East Pakistan), who were ravaged by war, floods, and famine--was enough to attract the support of stars like the former Beatle, who had never fronted a band before, along with Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton, both of whom had been out of the limelight for some years due to various personal problems and choices. Given the little time that Harrison, whose help had been solicited by sitar master Ravi Shankar, had to organize the affair, the results are very impressive indeed: the enormous band, which also features Ringo Starr, Leon Russell, and Billy Preston, is tight, the music (spotlighting tunes from Harrison's All Things Must Pass, along with a few Beatle numbers) inspired, the musicians at the top of their games. (Only Clapton is sub-par; looking out of it and playing weakly, he's a far cry from the guy who, some 30 years later, would spearhead the magnificent Concert for George.) For some, the opportunity to see Dylan onstage with Harrison, Starr, and Russell (playing bass) will be the big attraction. Others will thrill to the remastered DVD sound and restored picture. Still others will revel in an entire disc of bonus material, including three previously-unreleased performances and a documentary featuring new interviews with many of the participants. 1971 was a bleak period in rock history; the Beatles had broken up, Hendrix, Joplin, and Morrison were dead, Woodstock was a distant memory. The Concert for Bangladesh shone like a beacon, a revelation of the better angels that reside within us all. And it still does. --Sam Graham
To see George perform live is just priceless. Great picture, sound and great show !!! What more can I say, it's a must for your collection.Published 21 months ago by Gordon
George should probably be recognized as the father of the benefit concert genre; he started it all with this one.Published on Feb. 24 2013 by bassMR
got this for my husband for our 40th anniversary - something from our wedding year - we listened to the 3 record set so many times the first few years - brought back so many... Read morePublished on Dec 23 2011 by annie51
I need movies 4 the genocide that happened in bangladesh!!!!Published on April 28 2006 by Alicia Scudder
The musicians who came together for this event are all so amazing, and make the experience of watching this pure magic.Published on June 28 2004 by Leslie Barry