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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Harrison's Finest Moments
Not only was this album, the live recording of a musical event inspired by the suffering occurring in a country in serious need of aid, but a statement of compassion and deep spiritual kinship, the work of a contemplative man who have been part of the greatest group of all time, and was not above his times.
All that said, the music contained here represents one of...
Published on 3 Jan. 2006 by Juan Mobili

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3.0 out of 5 stars - no title -
I tried very hard to like this album, but I don't. While the musicianship is good, if uninspired, the vocal performances are, by and large, awful. Harrison, Dylan, Russell and Preston never had the greatest of vocal talents anyway, and it isn't until the last tracks ('Something' and 'Bangla Desh') that Harrison finds anything of a voice at...
Published on 29 Jan. 2006


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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Harrison's Finest Moments, 3 Jan. 2006
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Juan Mobili (Valley Cottage, NY USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Concert For Bangladesh [2CD] (Audio CD)
Not only was this album, the live recording of a musical event inspired by the suffering occurring in a country in serious need of aid, but a statement of compassion and deep spiritual kinship, the work of a contemplative man who have been part of the greatest group of all time, and was not above his times.
All that said, the music contained here represents one of the best Rock concerts ever recorded, and hardly need any further significance attached to it, to be worth repeated listenings. Harrison, performing for the first time, since recording All Things Must Pass, is in excellent form, and so is Eric Clapton who provides a solo for My Guitar Gently Weeps that is even better for his White Album contribution.
The material leans on George's first, and triple album, with Isn't It A Pity, Wah-Wah, Something, Beware Of Darkness, and a beautiful version of My Sweet Lord being standouts. In addition to them, Leon Russell's presence throughout is, perhaps the most unexpected gem. His rendition of Jumping Jack Flash is simply stunning, as it is his harmonies with Bob Dylan in Just Like A Woman.
Yes, because then there was Dylan, offering a set of classics -now augmented by one song, Love Minus Zero/No Limit- accompanied by Harrison, Russell and Ringo's tambourine, who would be worth purchasing by itself.
Other than Dylan's addition and the sound improvement on this remastered version, there may be no reasons for those who already owned the original CD release, to own this edition. But if you do not have it, this is a must, Rock history, tremendous music.
The only thing I'd wish is that they maintained the original album cover, which not only conveyed the purpose of this concert unequivocally but was an icon in its own right.
If nothing else, this release is thoroughly worthwhile because in reminding a large number of people like me who basked in the great music contained here, that it's time to listen to Concert for Bangladesh again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Concert for Bangladesh, 10 Feb. 2012
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People often forget that there was a genuine forerunner to Band Aid. The concert for Bangladesh was organised by George and his friends to try and help the victims of the famine in Bangladesh in 1971. It was an all star line up and almost included three former Beatles, John Lennon withdrawing at the last moment. The album commences with Bangla Duhn played by Ravi Shankar and his band of Indian musicians. The piece lasts 16 minutes but I found it enjoyable despite the fact that I am not used to Indian music, a point Ravi Shankar concedes to his Western audience in his opening address. It just takes a bit of concentration and patience to 'tune your ear'. The concert proper then starts with George, Billy Preston, Ringo, Eric Clapton et al. This is very upbeat and enjoyable, and moreover a piece of music history. Even when Ringo seems to forget some of the words it just adds to the 'live' experience. Disc 2 has several tracks featuring Bob Dylan. These are ok, but I'm not especially a massive Dylan fan. The concert then rounds off with a couple more songs from George, who is without doubt the star of the show. All this and the man wasn't even 30 at the time! George Harrison is an extraordinary musician, and as the Beatles began to break up so it seemed George began to blossom as a writer and as an individual. This piece of music history seems to reinforce George as a musician and a man of substance and influence. For Beatles fans and fans of popular music history especially this is a worthwhile addition to your collection. Best of all there are some very fine songs to boot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A piece of history, put together by star performers, 2 Jan. 2013
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Stephen Reid "Stephen" (Basingstoke) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Concert For Bangladesh [2CD] (Audio CD)
I first purchased this recording as a triple LP set when it first came out and loved it: well, most of it. My criticism was that the running times per side were very short and it could have been a double LP: not six sides, but four. This transcription to CD brings it down to two, so dramatically reducing the need to get up and change the record. In this form it is much more possible to enjoy the live event and appreciate the atmosphere that it generated. It was, after all, the very first charity rock concert.

There are many gems here. 'Wah-Wah', 'My Sweet Lord' and the other tracks from 'All Things Must Pass' benefit from having the over-production stripped away (George Harrison, in later years, admitted that he found ATMP over-produced).

Eric Clapton's arrival that night was a bonus: the team wasn't sure he was going to make it (he was fighting his addictions at the time and his self-confidence was at rock bottom). But make it he did, and his contributions are first class, as other reviewers have also commented.

Billy Preston was emotionally affected by the excitement of the occasion and how well the band worked together. Listen for a section near the end of 'That's the Way God Planned It' where he stops playing the keyboards and walks round the stage in enthusiasm. It is an infectiously good performance.

The crowd erupted when Bob Dylan was announced. Again, he was a bag of nerves on the night and had to be hurriedly introduced as he walked on sooner than expected. And again, his tracks are first class.

This is a piece of history, put together by star performers, and it set the scene for other major rock events to follow. Without hesitation, five-stars.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History in the Making, and it sounds like it!,, 1 Dec. 2005
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This was the one that started it all, Band Aid, Farm Aid and Live8 can trace their inspiration back to this memorable night when George Harrison & Ravi Shankar decided to do something about the dying country that was Bangladesh.
George assembled a cast list of some of the great musicians of the day, with the only noteable exceptions his old mates John & Paul! Originally a triple album, it is good to see a decent re-release of this monumental concert.
Listen to it all in one sitting, though and you are struck by how dated some of it sounds. Leon Russell's stuff is a lesson in endurance and misogyny, and even Billy Preston's 'That's the Way God Planned It' seems to have lost some of its verve over the years. George Harrison does creditable versions of some of his 'All Things Must Pass' era material; poor old Ringo completely loses his way in 'It Don't Come Easy' but inevitably it's the appearance, unconfirmed even at the last minute, of that maestro himself, Bob Dylan that makes this set worth the asking price.
At the time of its release, there was little or no live Dylan stuff available apart from bootlegs, and so to hear him deliver some of his best songs with a new voice, albeit over the ponderous hesitant backing band, was a revelation! Even thirty years on, he brings new vigour to the songs, 'Just like a Woman' being a particular highlight.
The first twenty minutes of sitar playing, with the famous line "Thank You, if you enjoyed the tuning up so much, we hope you enjoy the playing even more!", will probably be skipped by most, but persevere; the final Bangla Dun piece is in 16 time, so western ears can soon attune to the maginficent musicianship on display.
This album is a relic, a piece of history, and it sounds like it here and there, but it does contain too many magnificent moments to ignore!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the concert for bangladesh, 30 Jan. 2012
This review is from: The Concert For Bangladesh [2CD] (Audio CD)
Currently own it on vynalwhich I bought in 1972 having seen the film. This being the first of the rock concerts in aid of famine the artists and quality of the recording are very good.The CD version makes it more easy to play in this day and age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great time capsule, 30 Aug. 2013
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This album, a live recording of the first Charity Mega Gig, captures so much of the 1970's .. The music, the stars, the attitudes, even the technology and is truly entertaining to listen to
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5.0 out of 5 stars george harrison, 13 Sept. 2013
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I really like his music iv`e got lots of his cd`s of gotthe best of cloud nine let it roll allthings must pass concert for Bangladesh early takes and undercover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it for years - knew what I was getting, 5 Jan. 2014
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Listened to this in vinyl when I was a lad - great music then and even better now remembering the time and people I was with way back
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4.0 out of 5 stars Something lovely, 27 Dec. 2014
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Good album with excellent tracks. Something to play over and over - I gave away my vinyl album, and felt the loss!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 6 Mar. 2015
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Great concert. shows the brilliance of George.
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