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  posted on 8/3/2005 at 11:23 AM
http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=entertainmentNews&story ID=2005-08-02T192900Z_01_N01549825_RTRIDST_0_ENTERTAINMENT-HARRISON-DC.XML

Harrison's 'Concert for Bangladesh' coming to DVD
Tue Aug 2, 2005 3:29 PM ET



By Dean Goodman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - George Harrison's 1971 charity shindig "The Concert for Bangladesh," a rock extravaganza that paved the way for all-star benefits and set a new low for fiscal mismanagement, is coming to DVD for the first time on Oct. 25.

The soundtrack CD also will be reissued on the same day with an extra track from Bob Dylan, who emerged from seclusion to play the historic Madison Square Garden concerts.

The rights are owned by the Beatles' Apple Corps. label, an odd twist given that Apple partners John Lennon and Paul McCartney refused to play at the shows.

The packages will bear the new subtitle "George Harrison & Friends" for the sake of consumers who don't know anything about the concerts, an Apple spokeswoman said.

The original triple-disc record, also featuring such performers as a heroin-addled Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Leon Russell and Ravi Shankar, won the Grammy for album of the year in 1973. A feature film also was released about that time.

Harrison arranged the two Aug. 1 shows after Shankar, his musical mentor on the sitar, had alerted him to the plight of millions of starving and flood-afflicted Bengalis who were then engaged in a short but bloody fight for independence from Pakistan.

All concert proceeds were earmarked for UNICEF, but rock-star idealism was trumped by the harsh reality of complex litigation stemming from the bitter Beatles breakup months earlier, tax demands, and even New York magazine claim that money from album sales was being skimmed.

The United Nations agency had to wait months before receiving its first meager check. An Apple statement said the project has since generated millions of dollars for UNICEF and raised awareness of the organization. Artist royalties from the DVD and CD will continue to go to UNICEF, as will Apple's share of proceeds, the spokeswoman said.

Harrison's widow, Olivia, is serving as executive producer, completing work started by her husband before he died of cancer in 2001.

The CD will be released by EMI/Capitol, which handles all Beatles products, and the DVD by Warner Music Group, the distributor of the Harrison tribute "Concert for George," which won the long-form video Grammy this year.

The DVD will boast the original 99-minute film and 72 minutes of extras, including a 45-minute documentary and previously unseen footage: Harrison and Dylan rehearsing "If Not For You," Harrison, Clapton and Russell performing "Come On In My Kitchen" during sound check, and Dylan performing "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" during the afternoon show. That track also will be added to the remixed two-CD album.

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  posted on 8/3/2005 at 11:24 AM
Thats awesome news. I have the lp, the cd and now I will definately get the DVD. I love that concert!!
 

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  posted on 8/3/2005 at 11:26 AM
I already have it on LaserDisc.

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  posted on 8/3/2005 at 12:37 PM
I had the privilege of going to that concert. I was a week or so away from being discharged from the Navy when as friend told me that he had tickets for this benefit concert at Madison Square Garden.
We went to the afternoon show. What an unbelievable show, we had a great time.

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  posted on 8/3/2005 at 02:54 PM
What a classic.

I guess my DVD must be from the laserdisc, was that European produced jw?.

 

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  posted on 8/3/2005 at 08:05 PM
I have an import DVD of this great show but it would great to see a newly remastered version of it! Thanks for the info.
 

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  posted on 8/3/2005 at 09:41 PM
This is great news. A friend of mine has it on DVD, but I think it came from VHS.

 

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  posted on 8/4/2005 at 12:59 PM
I have the VHS of the show. Bought it at a Pic n' Save grocery store for 2 bucks. It had been rented only once. Also, had the album back in the day and saw the movie when it came out. Ravi Shankar smokes!

A couple of numbers from Leon.

 

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  posted on 8/4/2005 at 01:25 PM
YOUNGBLOOD.......WOOOOOO!!!...YOUNGBLOOD...
 

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  posted on 8/4/2005 at 01:28 PM
Wasn't that album originaly called Benefit for the people of Kampuchia?

 

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  posted on 8/4/2005 at 04:48 PM
grate news
 
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  posted on 8/4/2005 at 04:53 PM
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Wasn't that album originaly called Benefit for the people of Kampuchia?


Nope THE CONCERT FOR THE PEOPLE OF KAMPUCHEA was a totally different release with Paul mcCartney & Wings, The Who, The Pretenders, etc. That was recorded in December of 1979...

The CONCERT FOR BANGLA DESH was from 1971

 

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  posted on 8/4/2005 at 09:06 PM
Piggybacking on the YOUNGBLOOD celebration...by far the highlight of the concert. Leon Russell is amazing at the show...as are the back up singers ("tell it, tell it"), and the entire band interaction. For the TCfB virgins, the song morphs between a smoking version of Jumping Jack Flash, and a soulful version of Youngblood. It alone is worth the price of admission. Not to downplay the rest of the concert, which is awesome. A must have for all music fans...

RIP, George...we miss you!

 

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  posted on 8/4/2005 at 09:38 PM
We used to party many times to the Leon JJF/YB. Brings back many memories.
 

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  posted on 8/5/2005 at 12:15 AM
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grate news


You betcha.

 

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  posted on 8/5/2005 at 07:44 AM
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Piggybacking on the YOUNGBLOOD celebration...by far the highlight of the concert. Leon Russell is amazing at the show...as are the back up singers ("tell it, tell it"), and the entire band interaction. For the TCfB virgins, the song morphs between a smoking version of Jumping Jack Flash, and a soulful version of Youngblood. It alone is worth the price of admission. Not to downplay the rest of the concert, which is awesome. A must have for all music fans...

RIP, George...we miss you!
Great post. This news made my day. Can't wait to see it now knowing all the "behind the scenes" tales.

 

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