Concert For George - 2003 (PG-13)


Year of Release: 2003
Rated: PG-13
Approx. Running Time: Concert: 160 minutes, Documentary: 100 minutes
Format(s): DVD
My Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5) Product Description:

Filmed on November 29, 2002 before a sold-out audience at Royal Albert Hall in London, "The Concert For George" is a beautifully filmed, joyous celebration of some of the most significant music of the 20th Century. Friends including Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Ravi & Anoushka Shankar, the cast of Monty Python and other artists who worked with George Harrison throughout his lifetime, present his music in a special concert to commemorate the first anniversary of his passing. This 2 DVD set includes the full 2 hour & 40 minute concert and the 1 hour 40 minute documentary filmed in high definition by David Leland ("Band Of Brothers") featuring concert footage and interviews with the artists about George's life and music. Documentary produced by Ray Cooper, Olivia Harrison and Jon Kamen.

Concert Includes:

"Your Eyes" - Anoushka Shankar
"The Inner Light" - Jeff Lynne and Anoushka Shankar
"Arpan" - conducted by Anoushka Shankar
"Sit On My Face" - Monty Python
"The Lumberjack Song" - Monty Python
"I Want To Tell You Now" - 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 and Sam Brown
"Taxman" - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"I Need You" - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
"Handle With Care" - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Jeff Lynne and 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 and Eric Clapton
"All Things Must Pass" - Paul McCartney
"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" - Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton
"My Sweet Lord" - Billy Preston
"Wah Wah" - Eric Clapton
"I'll See You In My Dreams" - Joe Brown

My Comments:

I must admit that I was never a fan of George Harrison (or The Beatles, for that matter). He had a few songs that I liked but - except for the two Traveling Wilburys records and a Beatles hits CD - I had none of his music in my collection nor any desire to acquire any.

However, I decided to buy this set (and the CD version as well) because of my love of all things Tom Petty. So, of course, I fully expected to be totally enamored of three Petty tracks, but - though I do like them - I was surprised to find that the one performance that most stood out to me was Eric Clapton's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." Truly an awe-inspiring performance.

Incidentally, the PG-13 rating comes courtesy of the racy humor of Monty Python.

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Rated PG-13 (MPAA)
3 Stars
2003 (Year Of Release)
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