The Concert For Bangladesh is a live album by George Harrison and Friends.
It was recorded at Madison Square Garden in New York on 1 August 1971. This was a charity event to raise money to help the refugees of the Bangladesh Liberation War between east Pakistan and West Pakistan that eventually created the independent country of Bangladesh.
Disputes between the record companies delayed the release of the album until December 1971 in the USA and January 1972 in the UK. While the concert and album reflected well on the stars involved, the record companies behaved very badly, even allegedly encouraging the retailers to mark up the album to gain extra profits for themselves.
This is an important album because it proved that rock stars could make a difference and went on to inspire Live Aid and other charity concerts.
Songs on George Harrison Concert for Bangladesh
1. Introduction – George Harrison / Ravi Shankar
2. Bangla Dhan – Ravi Shankar / Alla Rakah / Usted Ali Akbar Kahn
3. Wah-Wah – George Harrison
4. My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
5. Awaiting You All – George Harrison
6. That’s The Way God Planned It – Billy Preston
7. It Don’t Come Easy – Ringo Starr
8. Beware Of Darkness – George Harrison / Leon Russell / Jim Horn
9. Band Introduction – George Harrison
10. While My Guitar Gently Weeps – George Harrison / Eric Clapton
1. Jumping Jack Flash/Young Blood – Leon Russell / Don Preston / George Harrison
2. Here Comes The Sun – George Harrison / Pete Ham
3. A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall – Bob Dylan / Leon Russell / George Harrison
4. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry – Bob Dylan / George Harrison / Leon Russell
5. Blowin’ In The Wind – Bob Dylan / Leon Russell / George Harrison
6. Mr. Tambourine Man – Bob Dylan / Leon Russell / George Harrison
7. Just Like A Woman – Bob Dylan / Leon Russell / George Harrison
8. Something – George Harrison
9. Bangladesh – George Harrison / Jim Horn
10. Love Minus Zero – Bob Dylan
This was originally a treble vinyl album and I suspect that side 1 with the introduction and the 16 minutes of Indian music were often skipped before getting to the good stuff. Love Minus Zero is a bonus track added to the CD.
Buying The Concert for Bangladesh
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What do you think about this album?
Is it one of the best live albums by the Beatles as solo artists?
I’ve also included this album in the poll to find the best classic rock live albums.