The Concert For Bangladesh review by George Harrison

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  • Released: Dec 20, 1971
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 10 (3 votes)
George Harrison: The Concert For Bangladesh

Sound — 10
George Harrison, probably the most underrated of all The Beatles, makes what could be the greatest live album, next to the Allman Brothers legendary Fillmore East album. George did this concert to help the country of his friend, Ravi Shankar (some might know him as the father of jazz singer Norah Jones). The album starts out with unexpected music of the culture of Bangladesh, a 17-minute song. Although some might not like the beginning, it takes off with the music of guitarist George Harrison, Billy Preston, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan.

Lyrics — 9
The lyrics for the most part are good, depending on who you listen to. Harrison's lyrics are above average. Billy Preston displays an electrifying performance with "That's The Way God Planned It", which is probably the most underrated song on the album. The lyrics of "It Don't Come Easy", from Ringo, are decent. Leon Russell's energetic cover of the Rolling Stones "Jumpin' Jack Flash" is well-done. The lyrics of "Youngblood" are just what you would expect from the blues. And of course, the lyrics of all the Bob Dylan songs are poetic, highly above average, and the reason he is in the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Eric Clapton does excellent guitar work as usual, and he even plays slide (which he rarely does) on "My Sweet Lord".

Overall Impression — 10
In my opinion, this is the best album by George Harrison or any other Beatle. One of he best live albums I've heard. It made Harrison comparable in live albums to the Allman Brothers Band, perhaps the greatest live band. It contains once in a lifetime performances all in two discs. There will probably never be a concert with Harrison, Clapton, and Bob Dylan all together ever again, so you don't want to miss this oppurtunity. The music is energetic, electrifying, and has very talented song writing. The only thing better from George Harrison is the DVD.

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