Concert for George (album)

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Concert for George
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Live album by various artists
Released 17 November 2003
Recorded 29 November 2002
Royal Albert Hall, London
Genre Disc 1: Indian classical music
Disc 2: Rock
Length 116:50
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Jeff Lynne
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Hot Press 7/10[2]
Record Collector 4/5 stars[3]
Uncut 3/5 stars[4]

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.[5] 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 …"[6] 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."[7]

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 1
No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "Sarve Shaam" (traditional)   3:18
2. "Your Eyes (Sitar Solo)" (Ravi Shankar) Anoushka Shankar 8:23
3. "The Inner Light" Jeff Lynne, Dhani Harrison and Anoushka Shankar 3:02
4. "Arpan" (Ravi Shankar) Anoushka Shankar 23:02
Disc 2
No. Title Performer(s) Length
1. "I Want to Tell You" Jeff Lynne 2:53
2. "If I Needed Someone" Eric Clapton 2:29
3. "Old Brown Shoe" Gary Brooker 3:48
4. "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" Jeff Lynne 3:29
5. "Beware of Darkness" Eric Clapton 4:01
6. "Here Comes the Sun" Joe Brown 3:09
7. "That's the Way It Goes" Joe Brown 3:40
8. "Taxman" Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 3:11
9. "I Need You" Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 3:00
10. "Handle With Care" (Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison 3:27
11. "Isn't It a Pity" Billy Preston & Eric Clapton 6:58
12. "Photograph" (Harrison, Richard Starkey) Ringo Starr 3:57
13. "Honey Don't" (Carl Perkins) Ringo Starr 3:04
14. "For You Blue" Paul McCartney 3:05
15. "Something" Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton 4:26
16. "All Things Must Pass" Paul McCartney 3:33
17. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton 5:57
18. "My Sweet Lord" Billy Preston 5:03
19. "Wah-Wah" Eric Clapton and Band 6:06
20. "I'll See You in My Dreams" (Isham Jones, Gus Kahn) Joe Brown 4:02

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Original Soundtrack Concert for George". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Hayden, Jackie (27 November 2003). "Concert For George". Hot Press. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  3. ^ Staunton, Terry (July 2011). "George Harrison – Concert for George". Record Collector. Retrieved 13 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Concert for George Soundtrack CD Album". CD Universe/Muze. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Concert For George Album Out Today in UK". georgeharrison.com. 17 November 2003. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Staff (December 2003). "Various Artists – The Concert For George". Uncut. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  7. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (January 2004). "Concert For George". The Word. Retrieved 19 November 2014.