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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
It's not surprising that George Harrison had a lot of friends. Nor is it a shock that they'd choose to stage a musical memorial for the late musician. What is something of a revelation, however, is the degree to which Harrison's peers put their own egos aside in order to let his spirit shine through at that tribute, the best moments of which are presented on this two-disc set and a simultaneously released DVD set. The first disc here is made up entirely of music from the Indian sub-continent -- sounds that inspired Harrison for much of his life. While it may be a bit of a stretch for some listeners, it's rife with beautiful moments, such as the 23-minute, sitar- and ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
It's not surprising that George Harrison had a lot of friends. Nor is it a shock that they'd choose to stage a musical memorial for the late musician. What is something of a revelation, however, is the degree to which Harrison's peers put their own egos aside in order to let his spirit shine through at that tribute, the best moments of which are presented on this two-disc set and a simultaneously released DVD set. The first disc here is made up entirely of music from the Indian sub-continent -- sounds that inspired Harrison for much of his life. While it may be a bit of a stretch for some listeners, it's rife with beautiful moments, such as the 23-minute, sitar- and tabla-based "Arpan," led by Ravi Shankar, who wrote the piece for his protégé. The set's second disc brings to the fore Harrison's own music, both as a Beatle and beyond, from versions of "My Sweet Lord" and "Isn't It a Pity," both of which feature lead vocals from longtime collaborator Billy Preston, to a stunning, extended take on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," rendered as a moving duet between Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton. A pair of Harrison's Traveling Wilbury mates, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, check in with a sweet, ambling take on "Handle With Care," while Ringo Starr takes a charming lead turn on "Honey Don't." Concert for George is a lovely epitaph for the quiet Beatle, but it's also a reminder of the still-living music he left behind.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
On November 29, 2002, a year after his death, a tribute concert for George Harrison was held at Royal Albert Hall. Friends and family gathered to play his songs, and it was an impressive, if predictable, roster: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Tom Petty, and Eric Clapton, who also served as musical director, took center stage, but George's son Dhani Harrison was also there, as was Ravi Shankar's daughter Anoushka, early British rock & roller Joe Brown, and Gary Brooker. Unlike many all-star lineups, everybody had a close personal connection to George, which gave the music a real sense of warmth that shines through even when the performances are a little too professional. This can all be heard on Warner Strategic Marketing's double-disc souvenir of the concert, Concert for George. It spans two discs, but it's likely most listeners will skip over the first disc, devoted to Shankar's music plus a version of "The Inner Light" sung by Jeff Lynne, and listen to the second, which is filled with Harrison's big songs, including the Carl Perkins covers he sang in the Beatles and "Photograph," which he wrote for Starr. By and large, these are enjoyable, albeit a tad slick, performances and if Clapton sometimes sounds a little hoarse, he more than makes up for it by expertly leading the band. The most noteworthy and moving set is by McCartney, who does a lovely version of "All Things Must Pass," has fun with "For You Blue," and kicks off "Something" only accompanied by ukulele, an instrument beloved by George, and an arrangement that works so well it's a bit of a disappointment when the full band kicks in. While this isn't an album that would likely get much play -- seeing this in person would have been remarkable; at home, it's much more likely that you'd play George's own record as a tribute instead of listening to this -- it's a very good tribute concert, one that is heartfelt and enjoyable.
Blender - Andy Pemberton
[A] dignified and affecting collection of 20 songs Harrison either wrote or loved.

[A] dignified and affecting collection of 20 songs Harrison either wrote or loved.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2003
  • Label: Warner StraT. MKT.
  • UPC: 081227454623
  • Catalog Number: 74546

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sarve Sham
  2. 2 Your Eyes (Sitar Solo)
  3. 3 The Inner Light
  4. 4 Arpan - Anoushka Shankar
Disc 2
  1. 1 I Want To Tell You
  2. 2 If I Needed Someone
  3. 3 Old Brown Shoe
  4. 4 Give Me Love (Give Me Piece on Earth)
  5. 5 Beware of Darkness
  6. 6 Here Comes the Sun
  7. 7 That's The Way It Goes
  8. 8 Taxman
  9. 9 I Need You
  10. 10 Handle with Care @@Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison
  11. 11 Isn't It a Pity
  12. 12 Photograph
  13. 13 Honey Don't
  14. 14 For You Blue
  15. 15 Something @@Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
  16. 16 All Things Must Pass
  17. 17 While My Guitar Gently Weeps @@Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
  18. 18 My Sweet Lord
  19. 19 Wah Wah
  20. 20 I'll See You in My Dreams
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim Capaldi Drums
Albert Lee Guitar
Tom Scott Tenor Saxophone
Gary Brooker Keyboards
Andy Fairweather Low Guitar
Jim Keltner Drums
Benmont Tench Keyboards
Ron Blair Bass
Dave Bronze Bass
Phil Capaldi Drums
Ray Cooper Percussion
Steve Ferrone Drums
Jim Horn Alto Saxophone
Katie Kissoon Background Vocals
Tessa Niles Background Vocals
Henry Spinetti Drums
Chris Stainton Keyboards
Scott Thurston Guitar, Harmonica
Klaus Voormann Bass
Marc Mann Electric Guitar
Dhani Harrison Guitar
Technical Credits
Ravi Shankar Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
George Harrison Composer
Jeff Lynne Composer, Producer
Roy Orbison Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Tom Petty Composer
Ringo Starr Composer
Michael Kamen String Arrangements, String Conductor
Paul Theroux Liner Notes
Eric Clapton Musical Director
English Chamber Choir Contributor
Steve Hall Mastering
Isham Jones Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Geoff Foster Post Production Mix
Paul Nickson Engineer
Will Shapland Engineer
London Metropolitan Orchestra Contributor
Drew Lorimer CD Layout
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    This is really a wonderful CD! Such a loving tribute for a very

    This is really a wonderful CD! Such a loving tribute for a very talented man. Especially enjoyable for those of us from that 60'-70's era!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    From the Heart

    I have this on DVD, and it is unbelievable. You can tell that every person on that stage really loved George and appreciated his greatness as a musician and person. Every time I watch it there are certain parts that give me chills and bring tears to my eyes. Even my two-year-old daughter loves it and asks to watch it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Must Have for any George Harrison Fan

    I thought this tribute to George was in excellent taste! There is a nice mix of legendary stars playing Harrison's music. There is even a small segment with the Pythons that I found enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm somewhat prejudiced, but...

    ...I thought the fact that the artists involved played the music basically as George had done it originally was perhaps the biggest tribute of all. It gave you the impression that they did not think that it needed or even could be improved upon. While I have all of these on the original Harrison recordings, many of the cuts on these discs still brought the cold chills up as you could almost hear George on them.

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