Concert for George

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Overview

On the first anniversary of the passing of George Harrison, a group of close friends (who also happened to be among the biggest names in rock music) staged a memorial concert with a camera crew on hand to record the proceedings. This documentary of the event gets a reverent presentation for its release on DVD. Concert for George has been transferred to disc in its original full-screen aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Viewers have a choice of two audio options, one in Dolby Digital 5.1 and another in DTS 5.1. The DVD ...
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Overview

On the first anniversary of the passing of George Harrison, a group of close friends (who also happened to be among the biggest names in rock music) staged a memorial concert with a camera crew on hand to record the proceedings. This documentary of the event gets a reverent presentation for its release on DVD. Concert for George has been transferred to disc in its original full-screen aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Viewers have a choice of two audio options, one in Dolby Digital 5.1 and another in DTS 5.1. The DVD release is a two-disc set, with one disc featuring the original theatrical cut of the film and the other offering uncut versions of the performances. The "theatrical cut" disc also features additional rehearsal performances, interviews with the artists, and unseen backstage footage.
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Filmed on November 29, 2002, before a sold-out audience at London's Royal Albert Hall, the Concert for George honors the life and musical contributions of the "quiet Beatle," who lost his battle to cancer a year earlier. The all-star concert spotlights some of Harrison's best-known and best-loved songs, written while he was a Beatle and afterward, with contributions from musical friends including Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Monty Python, Anoushka Shankar, Ravi Shankar, and Ringo Starr, as well as Harrison's son, Dhani Harrison. The first of the set's two discs contains the complete concert, including performances not featured in the theatrical version. The second disc houses the theatrical version, featuring concert highlights, interviews with the performers, rehearsals, and behind-the-scenes footage. The music was overseen by Clapton, who acted as music supervisor, and Lynne, who produced the concert audio in 5.1 Dolby Digital and DTS. The concert was filmed in high-definition video by David Leland, co-director of HBO's Band of Brothers. Full concert track listing:
  • Sarve Sham
  • Your Eyes -- Anoushka Shankar
  • The Inner Light -- Jeff Lynne and Anoushka Shankar
  • Arpan -- conducted by Anoushka Shankar
  • Sit on My Face -- Monty Python
  • The Lumberjack Song -- Monty Python
  • I Want to Tell You -- Jeff Lynne
  • If I Needed Someone -- Eric Clapton
  • Old Brown Shoe -- Gary Brooker
  • Give Me Love -- Jeff Lynne
  • Beware of Darkness -- Eric Clapton
  • Here Comes the Sun -- Joe Brown
  • That's the Way It Goes -- Joe Brown
  • Horse to the Water -- Jools Holland and Sam Brown
  • Taxman -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • I Need You -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Handle with Care -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison
  • Isn't It a Pity -- Billy Preston
  • Photograph -- Ringo Starr
  • Honey Don't -- Ringo Starr
  • For You Blue -- Paul McCartney
  • Something -- Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton
  • All Things Must Pass -- Paul McCartney
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps -- Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton
  • My Sweet Lord -- Billy Preston
  • Wah Wah -- Eric Clapton and Band
  • I See You in My Dreams -- Joe Brown
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/2003
  • UPC: 603497024124
  • Original Release: 2003
  • Rating:

  • Source: Rhino
  • Presentation: DTS
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 4:46:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 942

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joe Brown
Eric Clapton
Jools Holland
Sam Brown
Jeff Lynne
George Harrison
Paul McCartney
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Terry Gilliam
Billy Preston
Eric Idle
Ringo Starr
Terry Jones
Ravi Shankar
Michael Palin
Anoushka Shankar
Tom Hanks
Olivia Harrison Participant
Dhani Harrison
Neil Innes
Dave Bronze
Gary Brooker
Jim Capaldi
Ray Cooper
Jim Horn
Jim Keltner
Katy Kissoon Participant
Albert Lee
Andy Fairweather Low
Marc Mann Participant
Tessa Niles
O. S. Arun Singer
Michael Kamen Conductor
Anuradha Krishamurthi Singer
Technical Credits
David Leland Director
Barry Ackroyd Camera Operator
Pete Arias Camera Operator
Jeff Baynes Camera Operator
Joan Churchill Camera Operator
Eric Clapton Musical Direction/Supervision
Tanya Clarke Art Director
Ray Cooper Producer
Outpost Digital Consultant/advisor
Barrie Dodd Camera Operator
Mick Double Production Manager
Claire Ferguson Editor
Louise Fisher Makeup
Craig Fruin Associate Producer
Olivia Harrison Executive Producer, Producer
Maureen Hetherington Makeup
André Jacquemin Consultant/advisor, Sound/Sound Designer
Jon Kamen Producer
Nick Knowland Camera Operator
Casper Leaver Camera Operator
Chloe Leland Camera Operator
John Lynch Camera Operator
Chris Menges Cinematographer
Chris Morphet Camera Operator
Roger Pratt Camera Operator
Kate Robinson Camera Operator
Nick Roylance Camera Operator
Brian Roylance Executive Producer
Evan Schectman Consultant/advisor
Frank Scherma Associate Producer
Ravi Shankar Score Composer
Philip Sindall Camera Operator
Mark Sinton Asst. Director
Alastair Sirkett Sound Editor
Ed Walsh Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #2 -- Theatrical Version With Additional Material
1. Sarve Shaam [2:49]
2. I Want to Tell You [2:51]
3. If I Needed Someone [4:29]
4. Taxman [3:30]
5. Handle With Care [3:19]
6. Photograph [4:44]
7. Honey Don't [2:47]
8. Monty Python [6:57]
9. Here Comes the Sun [3:44]
10. Horse to the Water [4:32]
11. Beware of Darkness [:04]
12. Isn't It a Pity [3:59]
13. For You Blue [7:29]
14. Something [3:12]
15. Arpan [5:10]
16. The Inner Light [9:22]
17. All Things Must Pass [3:11]
18. My Sweet Lord [5:25]
19. While My Guitar Gently Weeps [3:33]
20. I'll See You in My Dreams [7:27]
21. Credits [5:49]
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Menu

Side #1 -- The Complete Concert
   Play Concert
   Ravi's Orchestra
      Anoushka Sitar Solo
      The Inner Light
      Arpan
   Monty Python
      Sit On My Face
      The Lumberjack Song
   George's Band
      I Want to Tell You
      If I Needed Someone
      Old Brown Shoe
      Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)
      Beware of Darkness
      Here Comes the Sun
      That's the Way It Goes
      Horse to Water
      Taxman
      I Need You
      Handle With Care
      Isn't It a Pity
      Photograph
      Honey Don't
      For You Blue
      Something
      All Things Must Pass
      While My Guitar Gently Weeps
      My Sweet Lord
      Wah Wah
      I'll See You in My Dreams
   Subtitles
      English
      Japanese
      Español
      Português Brasileiro
      Français Canadien
      Subtitles Off
   Audio Setup
      DTS Digital Surround Sound
      Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
      Dolby Digital Stereo
Side #2 -- Theatrical Version With Additional Material
   Play Feature
   Scene Selection
   Extras
      Ravi's Orchestra Mini-Feature
      Monty Python Mini-Feature
      George's Band Mini-Feature
      Interviews
   Photo Gallery
   Subtitles
      English
      Japanese
      Español
      Português Brasileiro
      Français Canadien
      Subtitles Off
   Audio Setup
      DTS Digital Surround Sound
      Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
      Dolby Digital Stereo
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best money I ever spent !!!

    For any George Harrison fan, this is a must have!! Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Ringo, Paul, Billy Preston and Dhani Harrison rock the house! In this case Royal Albert Hall. The Monty Python crew were great! The band...some of the best musicians assembled gave a flawless tribute to 'the quiet one' A must have!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A True Concert Experience

    This concert just blew me away. I cannot imagine a more fitting tribute for such a gentle, talented man. This is the most incredible concert I have ever experienced. I felt like I was actually there!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Must See

    Such a wonderfully moving tribute to a very underrated musician. Great addition to any collection. It is also wonderful to see Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr performing together for the first time in a number of years.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Something in the way he moved us ...

    Very simply put, the Concert for George is a tour de force and it is perhaps the finest recording of a live performance(of its genre) to date. George Harrison wrote music which, in the words of his life-long friend, Eric Clapton, 'comes straight from the heart.' All of us who loved - who love the Beatles usually think first of Lennon-McCartney. This of course is understandable. However Harrison, more than any of the other three, emerged from the group's dissolution in 1970 as his own person by distinguishing himself in his own right. The music he has written is not always easily accessible at first, but what I've discovered over the years is that it's got a kind of staying power unlike much of the music of the last 35 years. Harrison's music just seems to grow on you. It's the life's work of a seeking, questing and serious soul who had thought through a large number of amazingly complex things with considerable clarity. This music evokes a response in the listener and its rewards are manifold. In one of the interviews, Percussionist Ray Cooper refers to Harrison as 'really one of a handful of tunesmiths.' Perhaps many people are not aware just how prolific a songwriter Harrison was. He's got stuff out there, floating about, with which people are only now beginning to become aware. There is what I can only describe as a haunting presence in some of these songs. When one is patient in the listening there is some real shifting about that can take place at the level of the soul. Harrison's own spirit of acceptance and self-surrender and a genuine charitableness is clearly evident in this concert. In another interview, Jim Keltner refers to George as 'my main man' and another musician refers to him as 'a real gentleman.' These are not inconsiderable observations when lavished on one by his peers. What comes through so forcefully is this deep genuine affection and profound respect that is felt for Harrison by those who have gathered for this extraordinary evening in Royal Albert Hall, November 29, 2002. Always loveable, engaging Ringo simply but elegantly quips: 'I loved George. George loved me.' There are so many wondrously lovely moments in this concert. Perhaps the most poignant moment for me is when Paul McCartney alludes to what perhaps was one of the last visits he'd had with George: 'One time, not so long ago ... I said to him: 'there's a song I do on the ukelele;'I played it for him, and I'll play it now for you. It's a tribute to our beautiful friend.' In his elegic introduction to the critically acclaimed 'Something,' all is said that need be said. What ensues is the stark simplicity of Paul's solo introduction, then a lilting duet by Lynne and Clapton sung just above a lush stringed orchestra and band, and finally Clapton-McCartney's passionate reprise to this song once referred to by Frank Sinatra as 'the greatest love song written in the past fifty years.' I too, as others have mentioned, find myself listening to this CD in the car - over and over again. Each of the cuts features extraordinary musicians whose performances, both individually and collectively, are plainly inspired. Somewhere on the DVD interviews, Olivia Harrison refers to the evening as 'an epiphany' - and so it is. Clapton's playing throughout is soulful, but never more than on 'While my Guitar Gently Weeps' and 'Beware of Darkness.' Harrison wrote 'Beware' in 1970 and still the lyrics have an astoundingly contemporary edge. Organist, Billy Preston, featured on 'Isn't it a Pity,' (one of the most beautiful melodies ever written) and 'My Sweet Lord,' is a class act. The evening's concert ends with Joe Brown's ukelele and 'I'll see you in my Dreams.' This is very sweet and special stuff. I cannot recommend this DVD and CD too highly. If there were ten stars available, I'd give it all ten! And I don't write reviews. Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you want to feel really good, look at this concert.

    If you want a crying and puling mass for the late George Harrison this concert is not for you. But if you want several hours of wonderful music, good feelings and great visuals then this is probably the best concert DVD ever made. Eric Clapton et al. staged a true celebration of Harrison's music and life. There is no crying and 'we-miss-you-George attitude here. What you get is his music and thoughts expressed on a grand scale by music masters who happened to be his beloved friends. If you get a little tearry eyed it will be from their love of him and the appreciation that you will feel for his music. I have watched it several times and wind up with a goofy grin because of the happy feelings that the DVD imparts. I just wish that we could all have friends celebrate our accomplishments like this when we are gone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    life's inspiration

    This concert performance is as good as it can possibly get. World class musicians from every quarter and decade. Ravis Shankar's family and orchestra makes one understand why Harrison and others were so moved in the 60's. Sam Brown (an amazing talent with soul, not to mention beautiful) and Jules Holland add fire to a heart-filled set of Harrison's best. Hearing friends sing your songs must be the best gift one may rceieve in any plane of conscience. God bless George Harrison for his beautiful music and his friends that sing his songs from the heart. I can't stop watching the DVD on my Mac and playing the CD in the car.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    INCREDIBLE concert!!!

    These type of all star concerts usually sound like a bunch people doing their own thing in their own little world. Not this one. The sound and the preformances are incredible, especially Sam Brown on 'Horse to Water'. Where did she come from??? Clapton's solo on 'While My Guitar...' was inspiring. GREAT show indeed!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best music video I have ever seen!

    George Harrison was never one of my favorite musicians, but this music DVD is just incredible. Eric Clapton, as music director, put together a wonderful group of George's friends to pay tribute one year after his death.The Indian music by Ravi Shankar is terrific and Sam Brown steals the show with 'Horse to the Water.' Dhani Harrison bears an incredible resemblance to his dad; George taught him all he knew about playing the guitar. However, Eric Clapton's guitar playing, particularly on 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' convinces me he is one of the world's best. The interview CD is very interesting and you wish everyone could have spoken for more than just a few minutes.This DVD is so awesome that I watched it twice in one day- something I have NEVER done before.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just Buy It

    This DVD is simply top notch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Tribute Concert - Beyond Words

    This is a great tribute put together by some of George's best friends, and to see his son up there playing along with these guys just adds to the experience. There are so many songs I hadn't heard in years on this film. Every Beatle fan must have this DVD. I just wonder why Bob Dylan wasn't part of this?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Our Sweet George

    Beautifully set for a great rocker of our times. A wonderful send off for George from his close friends and his family. The renditions of his music are very well performed. Thank you George for your inspirational music. Highly recommended.

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