Today is the anniversary of the birth of George Harrison. He was known as “the quiet Beatle,” but conservatives know him especially as the composer of “Taxman,” the eloquent cri de couer that opens the Beatles’ best album. That would, of course, be the great Revolver. In honor of the day, GeorgeHarrison.com is streaming the entire Concert For George all day long. Unfortunately, traffic to the site has overwhelmed its capacity.
According to the Rhino Records email message that I received this morning, the concert was filmed in high-definition at London’s Royal Albert Hall in November 2002 on the first anniversary of Harrison’s death. The concert celebrated George’s life and music with performances by Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, members of Monty Python, Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, the late Billy Preston, Ringo Starr and more. The Wikipedia rundown on the concert is excellent.
The Shankars begin the concert. The rest of the show begins at around 50:00. I’ve had it on this morning since I opened up the message from Rhino. One of the highlights of the show is the performance of “Horse to the Water,” written by George with his son, Dhani. Sam Brown turns in an impressive vocal (video below), but the song was left off the compact disc of the concert. Couldn’t they have passed on one of Anoushka Shankar’s numbers instead? The song’s original recording session with Jools Holland and His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra was the last George worked.
UPDATE: As of last click, I was able to get access to the free video stream of the concert via the link in the first paragraph of this post.
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