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Olivia has produced a box set to be proud of. It positively oozes class and quality.
The packaging replicates the original artwork for the Concert for Bangladesh album package, being orange in colour, with the CFB 'logo' (the starving child image) on the front. It also has the gold sticker on the box explaining what the package contains and also that it is being sold "In aid of The George Harrison Fund for UNICEF".
There's a loose sheet stuck to the back listing the contents of the two discs, and the inside of the box has more CFB 'logos' stamped in orange.
On opening the box there is a myriad of delights awaiting the buyer. From the top there's a bundle of 10 postcards, art quality prints of scenes from the concert; a round Apple sticker; nicely packaged with a simple orange cardboard band. A sheet explaining about the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF (the limited edition number is printed on the back of this - There's a reproduction of the Bangla Desh handwritten lyrics; a copy of the hand painted poster advertising the concert; and a sumptious booklet which has an introduction by Ravi and pages and pages of wonderful images of the shows. Much in the style of the booklet that came with the original vinyl release of the album.
The DVD's are well packaged within their own case inside the box.
DVD 1. is The Concert itself - and the sound and picture quality is superb. Having been used to watching my original copy of the official VHS video release, watching the concert on DVD is like having a veil of fog lifted from my eyes.Read more ›
The extras are just as revealing. Even the backdrop to the menu selction for Disc 2 with all the musicians walking through a giant hall on the way to the stage to perfom in this historic concert. George Harrison bringing up the rear, with guitar in hand and looking a little nervous. Beautiful comments from among others Eric Clapton (’a time when rock musicians could feel proud of themselves not thinking of themselves for 5 minutes’), Billy Preston (’the mood was so great that I just got up and danced across the stage’). Doing some mad chicken impression. Ego is nowhere to be seen. Just Love. And massive talent. Even the UN Secretary General recites the first two lines of the Bangla Desh song saying this showed the man behind the music. George was and is rightly praised for this at the time daring and heartfelt event. Neil Aspinall is suitably proud of Hari Georgeson as we all should be. So John and Paul didn’t show but was it not absolutely enough to have George and Ringo plus the mercurial presence of Bob Dylan delivering what is possibly his finest ever concert performance?Read more ›