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The Concert For Bangla Desh
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It's funny that that original 3LP set was less than 90 minutes long! (White Album, for comparison, put 92+ minutes on two albums) I mean, it was for charity and all, so maybe complaining about value for money was kinda beside the point, but still...

I remember George saying 'Blimey, he's always talking about “Yesterday”, you'd think he was Beethoven or somebody' - Paul McCartney

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vonbontee said
It's funny that that original 3LP set was less than 90 minutes long! (
White Album, for comparison, put 92+ minutes on two albums) I mean, it was for charity and all, so maybe complaining about value for money was kinda beside the point, but still...

I was thinking the same at the time - maybe they felt that putting it in a box required 3 LPs?  Or maybe 'All Thing Must Pass" was an inspiration (though having recently arrived in Oz at the time I had the gatefold version that was released down here).

 

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Off Topic but it is a query about a George album just not TCFB:

On the All Things Must Pass 30th anniversary/original CD version, does it contain the poster that was in the original LP?

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The Concert for Bangladesh (or Bangla Desh, as the country was originally spelt) was the name for two benefit concerts organised by George and Ravi Shankar, held at 2.30 and 8 pm on Sunday, 1 August 1971, playing to a total of 40,000 people at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The shows were organised to raise international awareness and fund relief efforts for refugees from East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), following the 1970 Bhola Cyclone and the civil war-related atrocities. The concerts were followed by a bestselling live album, a boxed three-record set, and a movie, which opened in cinemas in the spring of 1972.

The event was the first-ever benefit concert of such a magnitude and featured George Harrison, Ringo, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell and Badfinger. Other close friends such as Jim Keltner and Klaus Voormann were also on stage. In addition, Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan, both of whom had ancestral roots in Bangladesh – performed an opening set of Indian music. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were invited but did not attend.

The concerts raised close to 250,000 dollars for Bangladesh relief, which was administered by Unicef. Although the project was subsequently marred by financial issues, such as government taxes and some companies seeking royalties, the Concert for Bangladesh is recognised as a highly successful and influential humanitarian aid project, generating both awareness and considerable funds as well as providing valuable lessons and inspiration for projects that followed, notably Live Aid. By 1985, through revenue raised from the Concert for Bangladesh live album and film, an estimated $12 million had been sent to Bangladesh in relief.

Sales of the live album and DVD release of the film continue to benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF.

 

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I saw the Bangladesh concert on cable TV back in '84 but don't remember much about it. It was my first really prolonged exposure to Ravi Shankar (who I enjoyed because he sounded vaguely "psychedelic" and because "Within You Without You" was my jam) and Bob Dylan (whose aloofness and repetitiousness annoyed me - my incipient Dylan fandom was still a year in the future.)

I don't remember much of the rest, except for Leon Russell's too-long "Jumpin' Jack Flash" medley.

One day, a tape-op got a tape on backwards, he went to play it, and it was all "Neeeradno-undowarrroom" and it was "Wow! Sounds Indian!" -- Paul McCartney
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'It Don't Come Easy' sounds really good live in this show, the single hadn't been out for very long and was still a current hit at the time.  It's nice to see Ringo drumming and singing here for he almost always takes to the front of the stage with only a microphone whenever he's performed the song live since.  The triple live album is every bit as good as the 'All Things Must Pass' 3 record set:

 

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....V9P3GZ71hM

 

The highlights are numerous, the album and footage have a rare intimate feeling to them which make you feel as though you were actually a part of it, even if you were nowhere near Madison Square Garden for the show...:-)

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