The Concert for Bangladesh was the first benefit concert of its kind in that it brought together an extraordinary assemblage of major artists. The two shows, a Grammy award-winning triple album boxset, and the feature film, generated millions of dollars for a charitable cause and as importantly raised global awareness of a hitherto unpublicized humanitarian disaster. It is therefore acknowledged as the inspiration and forerunner of the major global fundraising events of recent years. To quote the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan "George and his friends were pioneers".
Besides George himself the concert featured some of his friends, including: Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Ravi Shankar and Ringo Starr. Performances include 'Here Comes The Sun', 'Something', 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps', 'My Sweet Lord', 'Just Like A Woman', 'Blowin' In The Wind' and 'A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall'.
During the struggle for independence from Pakistan millions of refugees fled to neighboring India to escape hunger, disease and bloodshed. The crisis was deepened when massive floods hit the region. Alerted to the scale of the suffering by his friend Ravi Shankar, George Harrison organized the Concert For Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden on August 1st, 1971 with the proceeds going to UNICEF.
The DVD will be released by WMG (Warner Music Group) on October 25th, 2005, as a 2-disc package, including the original 99 minute film restored and remixed in 5.1, as well as 72 minutes of extras. The extras feature a documentary about the background to the two shows with exclusive interviews and contributions from Secretary General Kofi Annan and Sir Bob Geldof. There is also previous unseen footage: "If Not For You", featuring George and Bob Dylan from rehearsals and "Come On In My Kitchen" featuring George, Eric Clapton and Leon Russell at the sound check and a Bob Dylan performance from the afternoon show of "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" not included in the original film.
Apple Corps / WMG, will also simultaneously release a special deluxe version (limited to 50,000 copies worldwide) that will feature a hardbound book, a reproduction of the Harrison's handwritten lyrics for the song "Concert For Bangladesh," and a reprint of the original theatrical poster.
The CD is being repackaged and released by Capitol Records on Oct 25th, 2005 to which an additional track will be added - the Bob Dylan performance of "Love Minus Zero/No Limit".
All artists royalties from the sales of the DVD and the CD will continue to go to UNICEF.
The Concert For Bangladesh (1971)
My Sweet Lord
Awaiting On You All
That's The Way God Planned It
It Don't Come Easy
Beware Of Darkness
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Jumpin' Jack Flash
Here Comes The Sun
A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
Blowin' In The Wind
Just Like A Woman
The Concert For Bangladesh Revised (2005)
Documentary: The Concert For Bangladesh Revisted with George Harrison and friends
If Not For You*
Come On In My Kitchen*
Love Minus Zero/No Limit*
The Making Of The Film
The Making Of The Album
The Original Artwork
Recollections-August 1st 1971
Take A Bow
*Previously unseen performances