George Harrison released the live triple LP “The Concert for Bangladesh” on Dec….

Written by on December 20, 2017

George Harrison released the live triple LP “The Concert for Bangladesh” on Dec. 20, 1971 in the US. The record, originally titled “The Concert for Bangla Desh” followed the two concerts of the same name, held on Aug. 1, 1971 at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The concerts featured Harrison, Bob Dylan, Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Leon Russell and Eric Clapton. The shows were a pioneering charity event, in aid of the homeless Bengali refugees of the Bangladesh Liberation War, and set the model for future multi-artist rock benefits such as Live Aid (1985) and the Concert for New York City (2001).

Co-produced by Phil Spector and featuring the latter’s signature Wall of Sound in a live setting, the fundraiser album was delayed for three months due to protracted negotiations between Harrison and two record companies keen to protect their business interests, Capitol and Columbia/CBS. Besides the main performers, the musicians and singers on the recording include Badfinger, Jim Horn, Klaus Voormann, Alla Rakha, Jim Keltner, Jesse Ed Davis and Claudia Linnear. The box set’s original packaging included a 64-page book containing photos from the concerts; the album cover, designed by Tom Wilkes, consisted of an image of a malnourished child sitting beside an empty food bowl.

Do any of you ever listen to this LP anymore? And, what do you think was the highlight of the record?

Happy 46th Birthday to the LP “The Concert for Bangladesh”!!

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