George Harrison’s ‘Concert For George’ Reissued: Watch

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To honor George Harrison on his 75th birthday (today, Feb. 25), the legendary 2002 tribute event, Concert For George, is getting a special limited theatrical run, pegged to its release in a variety of home entertainment formats.

The performance, presented by Abramorama, in association with Concord Music, and remastered in 5.1 Stereo Surround Sound, has already been booked into well over 150 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, with more to come. Click here for theater listings. The international roll-out of the film is expected to be announced this week.

On Jan. 17, Concord Music announced the release of the performance as a Limited Edition Deluxe 10-disc Box Set, a 2-CD set, on DVD, Blu-ray and for the first time on vinyl, as a 4-LP Box Set, on Feb. 23. (Order links are below.)

On November 29, 2002, one year after Harrison’s passing, Olivia Harrison and longtime friend Eric Clapton organized a performance tribute in his honor. Held at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the momentous evening featured Harrison’s songs, and music he loved, performed by a lineup that included Clapton, Dhani Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Monty Python, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, Ringo Starr and many more.

Watch the performance of “Isn’t It a Pity,” released on Harrison’s birthday

The Deluxe Box Set (limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide) features the complete sound and film recordings from the concert (on four 180-gram audiophile LPs, two CDs, two DVDs and two Blu-rays), a 12″ x 12″ hard-bound 60-page book, plus an opportunity to own a piece of the historic event, by way of a cutting from the original hand-painted on-stage tapestry used as the backdrop at the Royal Albert Hall on November 29, 2002.

Watch the performance of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” featuring Clapton, McCartney, Starr, Lynne and Dhani Harrison

Concert For George deluxe box set cover

The package is housed in a gold-colored, fabric-wrapped box with a die-cut mandala window to display the unique stage fabric (which is mounted on an individually numbered card, suitable for framing). It also includes a note from Olivia Harrison, explaining the story behind the tapestry. The 1,000 Limited Edition Deluxe Box Sets are only available here.

The 4-LP Box Set includes the complete sound recordings from Concert For George, on 180-gram audiophile vinyl, featuring a special, mandala-design etched on side-8. This is the first time that all songs from the performance have been available on an audio configuration. The album will also be made newly available via streaming platforms, track listing mirroring that of the vinyl.

Watch Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers perform “I Need You” from Concert For George

In addition to the vinyl formats, the release will also be presented as a 2-CD set, as well as newly issued 2-CD + 2-DVD, and 2-CD + 2-Blu-ray combo packages. The 2-CD set features sound recordings from the concert. The 2-disc DVD and Blu-ray sets also include the complete filmed concert on the first disc, with a second disc containing the original theatrical version featuring concert highlights, interviews with the performers, rehearsals and behind-the-scenes footage. Exclusive to the Blu-ray format, the second disc includes an interview segment featuring Ringo Starr, Jim Keltner and Ray Cooper, entitled “Drummers.”

(See complete track listings below.)

Watch the official trailer

Directed by David Leland (whose credits include the feature Wish You Were Here, HBO’s Band Of Brothers and the Traveling Wilburys video “Handle With Care”), Concert For George captures renditions of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (featuring Clapton on guitar, McCartney on piano and Starr on drums), “Taxman” (performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) (performed by Lynne). Lynne produced the audio elements of the concert; Clapton oversaw the entire proceedings as Musical Director.

Watch the band rehearse

Said Olivia Harrison: “We will always celebrate George’s birthday and this year we are releasing Concert for George in a very special package in memory of a special man.”

Concert For George has been certified 8-times platinum by the RIAA since its initial release as a 2-DVD set in November 2003 and earned a 2004 Grammy® Award for Best Long Form Music Video.

Related: Harrison video trove available online

CD Track Listing

Disc 1:
Sarve Shaam – Traditional Prayer
Your Eyes (Sitar Solo) – Anoushka Shankar
The Inner Light – Jeff Lynne & Anoushka Shankar
Arpan – Conducted by Anoushka Shankar

Disc 2:
I Want To Tell You – Jeff Lynne
If I Needed Someone – Eric Clapton
Old Brown Shoe – Gary Brooker
Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth) – Jeff Lynne
Beware Of Darkness – Eric Clapton
Here Comes The Sun – Joe Brown
That’s The Way It Goes – Joe 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 & 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 & Eric Clapton
All Things Must Pass – Paul McCartney
While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
My Sweet Lord – Billy Preston
Wah Wah – Eric Clapton and Band
I’ll See You In My Dreams – Joe Brown

Watch Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform “I Need You”

DVD and Blu-Ray Track Listing

Disc 1 (Complete Concert):
Your Eyes – Anoushka Shankar
The Inner Light – Jeff Lynne & Anoushka Shankar
Arpan – Conducted by Anoushka Shankar
Sit On My Face – Monty Python
The Lumberjack Song – Monty Python with Tom Hanks
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 & 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 & 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 & Eric Clapton
All Things Must Pass – Paul McCartney
While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
My Sweet Lord – Billy Preston
Wah Wah – Eric Clapton & Band
I’ll See You In My Dreams – Joe Brown

Disc 2 (Theatrical Version):
I Want To Tell You – Jeff Lynne
If I Needed Someone – Eric Clapton
Old Brown Shoe – Gary Brooker
Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)- Jeff Lynne
Beware Of Darkness – Eric Clapton
Here Comes The Sun – Joe Brown
That’s The Way It Goes – Joe 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 & 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 & Eric Clapton
All Things Must Pass – Paul McCartney
While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
My Sweet Lord – Billy Preston
Wah Wah – Eric Clapton & Band
I’ll See You In My Dreams – Joe Brown

Plus interviews, rehearsals and behind the scenes footage, including:
Ravi’s orchestra rehearsals
Monty Python backstage
George’s band rehearsals
Interviews with musicians
Photo gallery
“Drummers” featurette (on the Blu-ray only, not included on the DVD)

4-LP Vinyl Track Listing

Side 1
Sarve Shaam – Traditional Prayer
Your Eyes – Anoushka Shankar
The Inner Light – Jeff Lynne & Anoushka Shankar

Side 2
Arpan – Conducted by Anoushka Shankar

Side 3
Sit On My Face – Monty Python
The Lumberjack Song – Monty Python with Tom Hanks
I Want To Tell You – Jeff Lynne
If I Needed Someone – Eric Clapton
Old Brown Shoe – Gary Brooker
Give Me Love – Jeff Lynne

Side 4
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 & Sam Brown
Taxman – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Side 5
I Need You – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Handle With Care – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison
Isn’t It A Pity – Billy Preston
Photograph – Ringo Starr

Side 6
Honey Don’t – Ringo Starr
For You Blue – Paul McCartney
Something – Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
All Things Must Pass – Paul McCartney
While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton

Side 7
My Sweet Lord – Billy Preston
Wah Wah – Eric Clapton & Band
I’ll See You In My Dreams – Joe Brown

Side 8
Etched vinyl with mandala design

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  1. JR
    #1 JR 27 January, 2018, 10:04

    In love this gathering of friends to pay homage. There has been few who deserve it more. I never get tired of watching it.

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