|Concert For Bangla Desh - Front Cover||Concert For Bangla Desh - Rear Cover|
|Catalogue No.||STCX 3385|
|Release date||7th January 1972|
|U.K. Album Chart Detail :||
|Detail :||George Harrison's fourth solo album release, second triple boxed set, and ONLY number one album.
Recorded live at Madison Square Garden, New York on 1st August 1971 where there was an afternoon and evening show. The concerts were recorded using 44 microphones and a 16-track mobile recording facility from The Record Plant, manned by Phil Spector. The finished tapes were edited and mixed by Phil, with the final production being credited to George and Phil.
With millions starving in his home country, Ravi Shankar asked George to assist him in organising a relief concert to raise
funds for UNICEF. In very short time, George had got together the "Greatest rock spectacle of the decade" (to quote NME of
the edition after the concert) including Ringo, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, and Bob Dylan !
The concerts watched by 20,000 attendees immediately raised $243,418:50, and a cheque was sent by Madison Square Garden Center Inc. to UNICEF on 12th August 1971. The merchandising post-concert, the film and the album, potentially raised a further 15 million dollars, but legal problems with some record companies, and the U.S. tax system tied the money up for years, and only a very small amount ever found it's way to Bangle Desh. In fact, George had to write a personal cheque to the Inland Revenue for One Million pounds to satisfy constant tax claims by the British government, who decided that this non-profit, goodwill production should be taxed as a standard commerical release.
On 5th June 1972, George and Ravi were rewarded for there efforts from UNICEF with an award entitled, "The Child Is The Father Of Man".
The three albums are housed in a dark orange coloured box, designed by Barry Feinstein and Tom Wilkes of Camouflage Productions. Photography is by Barry Feinstein, Tom Wilkes and Alan Pariser. Also included is a 64 page booklet, in full-colour it includes photographs taken at the concert.
The whole package cost £5:49 in the shops, which George thought at the time was too expensive.
|Introductions by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar|
|Bangla Duhn||Shankar||A long raga featuring :
Ravi Shankar - Sitar
Ali Akbar Khan - Sarod
Alla Rakha - Tabla
Kamala Chakravarty - Tamboura
|Wah-Wah||Harrison||Lead vocal - George.||3:19|
|My Sweet Lord||Harrison||Lead vocal - George.||4:19|
|Awaiting On You All||Harrison||Lead vocal - George.||2:36|
|That's The Way God Planned It||Preston||Lead vocal - Billy Preston.||4:06|
|It Don't Come Easy||Starr||Lead vocal - Ringo.||2:38|
|Beware Of Darkness||Harrison||Lead vocal - George, Leon Russell taking over for one verse.||3:26|
|Introduction of the band by George|
|While My Guitar Gently Weeps||Harrison||Lead vocal - George.||4:38|
|Jumping Jack Flash||Jagger-Richard||Lead vocal - Leon Russell.||9:08|
|Youngblood||Leiber-Stoller-Pomus||Lead vocal - Leon and Don Preston.|
|Here Comes The Sun||Harrison||Lead vocal - George.||2:50|
|A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall||Dylan||Lead vocal - Dylan||5:14|
|It Takes A Lot To Laugh/
It Takes A Train To Cry
|Dylan||Lead vocal - Dylan||2:53|
|Blowin' In The Wind||Dylan||Lead vocal - Dylan||3:34|
|Mr. Tambourine Man||Dylan||Lead vocal - Dylan||4:10|
|Just Like A Woman||Dylan||Lead vocal - Dylan, with George and Leon||4:35|
|Something||Harrison||Lead vocal - George||3:03|
|Bangla Desh||Harrison||Lead vocal - George||4:26|
19th August 1991 a double C.D. was first issued on Epic with catalogue number 468835-2 with no bonus tracks.
28th January 2002 a new remastered C.D. edition is promoted.
With no bonus tracks, and with the same catalogue number as the 1991 release, it is hard to see any difference,
|Concert For Bangla Desh - C.D. Front Cover||Concert For Bangla Desh - C.D. Rear Of Booklet|
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