Concert for George (album)

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This article is about the album. For the concert, see Concert for George. For the film, see Concert for George (film).
Concert for George
Live album by various artists
Released 17 November 2003
Recorded 29 November 2002
Royal Albert Hall, London
Genre Rock, Indian classical music
Length 116:50
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Jeff Lynne
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Record Collector 4/5 stars[2]
Uncut 3/5 stars[3]

Concert for George is a live tribute soundtrack album in honour of George Harrison, issued in 2003 in conjunction with the simultaneous DVD release of the same name. Featuring performances of many of Harrison's best-known songs, played by his closest musician friends, Concert for George is considered a fitting and heartfelt celebration of Harrison's considerable career.

Tribute concert[edit]

Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 29 November 2002 – the first anniversary of Harrison's death – the performance features a wealth of talents who knew Harrison well. Eric Clapton, one of Harrison's closest friends, served as the musical director of the show, which was advertised as the Concert for George. Representing Indian music, an important influence on Harrison's life, is Ravi Shankar and his daughter Anoushka Shankar. Among Harrison's rock and roll cohorts are Jeff Lynne, Gary Brooker, Joe Brown, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Billy Preston and Jim Keltner, together with Harrison's former Beatles bandmates, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Release and reception[edit]

Concert for George was issued on 17 November 2003 in Britain, with a US release following on 18 November.[4] A double album, it was warmly received by the public, reaching number 97 on America's Billboard chart.

Uncut magazine's reviewer wrote: "Concerts like these are usually long on sentiment and short on worthwhile content. But under the directorship of Eric Clapton, the concert for George Harrison at the Albert Hall in November 2002 was an exception. The event exudes a powerful atmosphere and genuine musicality …"[5] Writing in The Word, Paul Du Noyer described the posthumous tribute to Harrison as "the grandest send-off that he could possibly have wished for". Du Noyer said of the live album, "Its sins are only those of omission", and recommended the accompanying DVD release, before concluding: "In either format, however, [Joe Brown's] show-closing 'I’ll See You In My Dreams' is an exquisitely poignant note to end upon."[6]

In 2005, the Concert for George DVD won the Best Long Form Video Grammy. Directed by David Leland, it contains material not found on the album, including "Sit on My Face" and "The Lumberjack Song" by Monty Python, and "Horse to the Water", featuring Jools Holland with vocals by Sam Brown, daughter of English singer Joe Brown.

iTunes released Concert for George in 2008 with "Horse to the Water" added to the album. iTunes incorrectly attributes McCartney as a main performer on "Your Eyes". McCartney does not play on the track.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by George Harrison, except where noted.

Disc one
  1. "Sarve Shaam" (traditional) – 3:18
  2. "Your Eyes (Sitar Solo)" (Ravi Shankar), performed by Anoushka Shankar – 8:23
  3. "The Inner Light", performed by Jeff Lynne, Dhani Harrison and Anoushka Shankar – 3:02
    • Originally the B-side to The Beatles' "Lady Madonna" in 1968
  4. "Arpan" (Ravi Shankar), conducted by Anoushka Shankar – 23:02
Disc two
  1. "I Want to Tell You", performed by Jeff Lynne – 2:53
  2. "If I Needed Someone", performed by Eric Clapton – 2:29
    • Originally heard on The Beatles' 1965 album Rubber Soul
  3. "Old Brown Shoe", performed by Gary Brooker – 3:48
  4. "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)", performed by Jeff Lynne – 3:29
  5. "Beware of Darkness", performed by Eric Clapton – 4:01
  6. "Here Comes the Sun", performed by Joe Brown – 3:09
    • Originally heard on The Beatles' 1969 album Abbey Road
  7. "That's the Way It Goes", performed by Joe Brown – 3:40
    • Originally heard on Harrison's 1982 album Gone Troppo
  8. "Taxman", performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – 3:11
    • Originally heard on The Beatles' 1966 album Revolver
  9. "I Need You", performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – 3:00
    • Originally heard on The Beatles' 1965 album Help!
  10. "Handle With Care" (Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison), performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison – 3:27
  11. "Isn't It a Pity", performed by Billy Preston – 6:58
    • Originally heard on Harrison's 1970 album All Things Must Pass
  12. "Photograph" (Harrison, Richard Starkey), performed by Ringo Starr – 3:57
    • Originally heard on Ringo Starr's 1973 album Ringo
  13. "Honey Don't" (Carl Perkins), performed by Ringo Starr – 3:04
  14. "For You Blue", performed by Paul McCartney – 3:05
    • Originally heard on The Beatles' 1970 album Let It Be
  15. "Something", performed by Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton – 4:26
    • Originally heard on The Beatles' 1969 album Abbey Road
  16. "All Things Must Pass", performed by Paul McCartney – 3:33
    • Originally heard on Harrison's 1970 album All Things Must Pass
  17. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", performed by Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton – 5:57
    • Originally heard on The Beatles' 1968 double album The Beatles
  18. "My Sweet Lord", performed by Billy Preston – 5:03
    • Originally heard on Harrison's 1970 album All Things Must Pass
  19. "Wah-Wah", performed by Eric Clapton and Band – 6:06
    • Originally heard on Harrison's 1970 album All Things Must Pass
  20. "I'll See You in My Dreams" (Isham Jones, Gus Kahn), performed by Joe Brown – 4:02

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Original Soundtrack Concert for George". AllMusic accessdate=19 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Staunton, Terry (July 2011). "George Harrison – Concert for George". Record Collector. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Concert for George Soundtrack CD Album". CD Universe/Muze. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Concert For George Album Out Today in UK". georgeharrison.com. 17 November 2003. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Staff (December 2003). "Various Artists – The Concert For George". Uncut. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (January 2004). "Concert For George". The Word. Retrieved 19 November 2014.