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Concert For George: Royal Albert Hall, London Nov. 29, 2002 - Various Artists Vinyl 4LP - direct audio

Concert For George: Royal Albert Hall, London Nov. 29, 2002 - Various Artists Vinyl 4LP

Craft Recordings

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Concert For George: Royal Albert Hall, London Nov. 29, 2002 Various Artists Vinyl 4LP

On November 29th, 2002, one year to the day that George Harrison left us, his closest friends gathered to celebrate his life in the only way they knew how – by playing his music. This amazing and historic event at London's Royal Albert Hall is now presented as a 180g 4LP-set for the first time.

The beginning of the show provided an insight into George's spiritual self as Anoushka Shankar and a 16-piece orchestra of Indian musicians performed a special composition by her father and George's mentor, Ravi Shankar. It also paid tribute to George's well-known sense of humor courtesy of a rare sighting of members of the Monty Python team performing some of 'the quiet Beatle's' favorite skits.

The night then moved to Eric Clapton and friends giving the performance of their lives singing George's songs. All the musicians that George worked with over the years, from The Beatles to the Traveling Wilburys, dedicated their time to learn the songs and perform them as a tribute to their dear friend. Clapton led the band with Jeff Lynne singing "I Want To Tell You," "Inner Light" and "Give Me Love."

Jools Holland and Sam Brown gave "Horse to the Water" it's first live outing. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers gave a particularly resounding performance of "Taxman" as well as "I Need You" and the Wilbury's number, "Handle With Care." Ringo Starr caught everyone with a tear in their eye with a touching rendition of "Photograph," a composition he wrote with George.

Paul McCartney treated everyone to a little bit of ukulele – one of George's favorite instruments and joined Eric and band for "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" and "For You Blue." Billy Preston had everyone out of their seats and singing along with "My Sweet Lord." The band then came together to give a rousing version of "Wah-Wah." Joe Brown closed the evening with the old standard; "I'll See You In My Dreams," a loving and appropriate sentiment.


Eric Clapton, musical director
Joe Brown
Jools Holland
Sam Brown
Jeff Lynne
Paul McCartney
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Billy Preston
Ringo Starr
Dave Bronze, bass
Gary Brooker, keyboards
Jim Capaldi, drums
Ray Cooper, percussion
Andy Fairweather Low, guitar
Dhani Harrison, guitar
Jim Horn, tenor saxophone
Jim Keltner, drums
Katie Kissoon, backing vocals
Albert Lee, guitar
Marc Mann, electric guitar
Tessa Niles, backing vocals
Tom Scott, alto saxophone
Henry Spinetti, drums
Chris Stainton, keyboards
Klaus Voormann, bass

The Heartbreakers

Ron Blair, bass guitar
Mike Campbell, guitar
Steve Ferrone, drums
Benmont Tench, keyboards
Scott Thurston, guitar, harmonica

Joe Brown's Band

Phil Capaldi, drums
Neil Gauntlett, guitar
Davi 'Rico' Niles, bass

Arpan Musicians

Anoushka Shankar, sitar, conductor
Sukanya Shankar, vocal-shloka
M Balanchandar, mridangam
Vishwa Mohan Bhat, slide guitar
Tanmoy Bose, tabla, dholak
Chandrasekhar, violin
Eric Clapton, guitar
Pedro Eustache, wind instruments
Sunil Gupta, flute
Anuradha Krishamurthi, female vocalist
Jane Lister, harp
Gaurav Mazumdar, sitar
Snehashish Mazumdar, mandolin
Ramesh Mishra, sarangi
Prasanna, percussion
Kenji Ota, tanpura
Barry Phillips, cello
Rajendara Prasanna, shahnai
Emil Richards, marimba
Balu Raghuraman, violin
Partho Sarathy, sarod
O.S. Arun, male vocalist
Hari Sivanesan, veena
Sivaskti Sivanesan, veena
Boys' and Girls' Choir
English Chamber Choir

The Mounties

Malcolm Abbs
Mark Brown
Michael Clarke
Tom Hanks
Bob Hunter
David Porter Thomas
Fred Tomlinson

London Metropolitan Orchestra
Strings conducted and arranged by Michael Kamen

Concert For George: Royal Albert Hall, London Nov. 29, 2002 Various Artists Track Listing:

The Complete Concert

1. Your Eyes (Anoushka Shankar)
2. The Inner Light (Jeff Lynne, Anoushka Shankar)
3. Arpan (Anoushka Shankar)
4. Sit On My Face (Monty Python)
5. Lumberjack Song (Monty Python)
6. I Want To Tell You (Jeff Lynne)
7. If I Needed Someone (Eric Clapton)
8. Old Brown Shoe (Gary Brooker))
9. Give Me Love (Jeff Lynne)
10. Beware of Darkness (Eric Clapton)
11. Here Comes the Sun (Joe Brown)
12. That's the Way It Goes (Joe Brown)
13. Horse To the Water (Jools Holland & Sam Brown)
14. Taxman (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
15. I Need You (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers)
16. Handle With Care (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison)
17. Isn't It a Pity (Billy Preston)
18. Photograph (Ringo Starr)
19. Honey Don't (Ringo Starr)
20. For You Blue (Paul McCartney)
21. Something (Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton)
22. All Things Must Pass (Paul McCartney)
23. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton)
24. My Sweet Lord (Billy Preston)
25. Wah Wah (Eric Clapton)
26. I'll See You In My Dreams (Joe Brown)

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