Concert for George (album)

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Concert for George
Live album by various artists
Released 17 November 2003
Recorded 29 November 2002
Genre Rock
Length 116:50
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Jeff Lynne
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

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 live performances of many of Harrison's well-known songs from his closest musician friends, Concert for George is considered a fitting and heartfelt celebration of Harrison's considerable career.

Structure and release[edit]

Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall 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, is not only a performer but the musical director of the show. Representing Indian music, an important influence on Harrison's sound, 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 Harrison's two former bandmates, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Concert for George was released in November 2003, marking the second anniversary of Harrison's death, and was warmly received by the public, reaching #97 in the US. In 2005, the accompanying music DVD won the Best Long Form Video Grammy. The DVD contains additional material 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 British singer Joe Brown. One disc of the double DVD set is the theatrical version of the film and the other is the complete concert. The DVD went 8x platinum.[citation needed] As of September 1, 2011, it was certified 10x Multi-Platinum.[2]

In 2008, iTunes released the album, and included "Horse to the Water", leaving the Monty Python tracks as the only part of the concert not released. iTunes incorrectly attributes Paul McCartney as a main performer on "Your Eyes". McCartney does not play on the track.

Track listing [3][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

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