George Harrison: The Concert for Bangladesh

George Harrison: The Concert for Bangla Desh - Part 1

Album #157 - December 1971

Episode date - October 28, 2020

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    In its time, the soundtrack for “The Concert for Bangla Desh” was a distinctive product, being the first large charity event of its kind. At the time, that aspect escaped me.

    To me, it was another live show with a variety of performers, and an underlying purpose. The “Woodstock” soundtrack was also a triple album with myriad performers, as was the “Isle of Wight” collection. Harrison himself had released his first solo record as a triple album. Due to these precedents, the humanitarian element of George Harrison and Ravi Shankar’s project, although obvious, did not immediately strike me as unique.

    At that young age, I think I assumed that musicians did this sort of thing all of the time, but history shows us that the Bangla Desh show was the first charity event of its kind, serving as a template of sorts for the future of beneficent pop culture. It didn’t hurt that the music was occasionally startling, either. We’ll present this album in two parts, meaning that we have a LOT of music to cover in each show, and little time to yap about it.

    Featured tracks include:

    Introductions

    Bangla Dhun – Ravi Shankar

    Wah Wah – George Harrison

    My Sweet Lord – George Harrison

    Awaiting on You All – George Harrison

    That’s the Way God Planned It – Billy Preston

    It Don’t Come Easy – Ringo Starr

    Beware of Darkness – George Harrison and Leon Russell

    December 1971 - Billboard Charted #2

                

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