Saturday, August 27, 2022

VA - The Concert For Bangladesh [1971] (2 x CD's)


VA - The Concert For Bangladesh [1971] (2 x CD's)

The Concert for Bangladesh (or Bangla Desh, as the country's name was originally spelt) was a pair of benefit concerts organised by former Beatles guitarist George Harrison and Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar. The shows were held at 2:30 and 8:00 pm on Sunday, 1 August 1971, at Madison Square Garden in New York City, to raise international awareness of, and fund relief for refugees from East Pakistan, following the Bangladesh Liberation War-related genocide. The concerts were followed by a bestselling live album, a boxed three-record set, and Apple Films' concert documentary, which opened in cinemas in the spring of 1972.  The event was the first-ever benefit of such a magnitude, and featured a supergroup of performers that included Harrison, fellow ex-Beatle Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell and the band Badfinger. In addition, Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan – both of whom had ancestral roots in Bangladesh – performed an opening set of Indian classical music. The concerts were attended by a total of 40,000 people, and the initial gate receipts raised close to $250,000 for Bangladesh relief, which was administered by UNICEF.

The band members who played there include many super stars of the 70's, including 3 former Beatles, Bob Dylan, Ravi Shankar, Leon Russell and a veritable dream team of musicians. Harrison was on top of his game, great sound recording.The money still goes to help them after all these years. I had it on vinyl when it first came out. (Wikipedia)



Track lists


01 George Harrison George Harrison / Ravi Shankar - Introduction 6:17

02 Ravi Shankar Bangla Dhun 17:22

03 George Harrison Wah-Wah 3:45

04 George Harrison My Sweet Lord 4:49

05 George Harrison Awaiting On You All 3:07

06 Billy Preston That's The Way God Planned It 4:30

07 Ringo Starr It Don't Come Easy 3:09

08 George Harrison Beware Of Darkness 3:43

09 George Harrison George Harrison / Introduction Of The Band 2:58

10 George Harrison While My Guitar Gently Weeps 4:53


01 George Harrison Leon Russell / Medley: Jumpin' Jack Flash / Youngblood 10:39

02 George Harrison Here Comes The Sun 3:48

03 Bob Dylan A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall 5:36

04 Bob Dylan It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry 3:12

05 Bob Dylan Blowin' In The Wind 4:45

06 Bob Dylan Mr. Tambourine Man 4:40

07 Bob Dylan Just Like A Woman 5:28

08 George Harrison Something 4:53

09 George Harrison Bangla Desh 4:54




  1. Always an interesting listen this one..............


    1. Remastered (2005) [2CD] Also had the track - Bob Dylan - Love Minus Zero / No Limit

    2. I have that as well, Stephen.
      It is a good listen.

  2. Thanks. The concert that started it all.