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Concert for George

Concert for George

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Director: David Leland

Cast: Joe Brown, Eric Clapton, Jools Holland


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Both as a member of the Beatles and as a solo artist, George Harrison was one of the best loved and most influential musicians of his generation, and when he died November 29, 2001, after a long battle with cancer, it was a tremendous blow to the many great artists who were his friends and collaborators. A year to the day after his passing, a handful of pop music


Both as a member of the Beatles and as a solo artist, George Harrison was one of the best loved and most influential musicians of his generation, and when he died November 29, 2001, after a long battle with cancer, it was a tremendous blow to the many great artists who were his friends and collaborators. A year to the day after his passing, a handful of pop music royalty who had known and worked with Harrison staged a special concert at London's Royal Albert Hall to play his music and honor his art and memory. Concert for George is a documentary which presents highlights from the Harrison memorial concert, featuring performances by Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Tom Petty and the Heartberakers, Jeff Lynne, Billy Preston, Jools Holland, Sam Brown, and Joe Brown. A portion of the profits from the film's release will be donated to The Material World Foundation, a charitable organization founded by Harrison.

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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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    Performance Credits
    Joe Brown Actor
    Eric Clapton Actor
    Jools Holland Actor
    Sam Brown Actor
    Jeff Lynne Actor
    George Harrison Actor
    Paul McCartney Actor
    Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Actor
    Terry Gilliam Actor
    Billy Preston Actor
    Eric Idle Actor
    Ringo Starr Actor
    Terry Jones Actor
    Ravi Shankar Actor
    Michael Palin Actor
    Anoushka Shankar Actor
    Tom Hanks Actor
    Olivia Harrison Participant
    Dhani Harrison Actor
    Neil Innes Actor
    Dave Bronze Actor
    Gary Brooker Actor
    Jim Capaldi Actor
    Ray Cooper Actor
    Jim Horn Actor
    Jim Keltner Actor
    Katy Kissoon Participant
    Albert Lee Actor
    Andy Fairweather Low Actor
    Marc Mann Participant
    Tessa Niles Actor
    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
    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

    Scene Index

    Monty Python backstage, George's band rehearsals, Ravi's orchestra rehearsals, interviews with musicians, photo gallery, and new added bonus interview "Drummers"

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    Concert for George 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    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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    Guest More than 1 year ago
    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.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    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?
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    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.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    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!
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    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.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    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.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    This DVD is simply top notch.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    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!
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    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.
    Guest More than 1 year ago
    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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