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* live recording *

Recorded: August 1, 1971

Released: Dec. 20, 1971

Genre: classic rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks, Disc 1:

  1. Introduction [GH/ RV]
  2. Bangla Dhun [RV]
  3. Wah-Wah [GH]
  4. My Sweet Lord [GH]
  5. Awaiting on You All [GH]
  6. That’s the Way God Planned It [BP]
  7. It Don’t Come Easy [RS]
  8. Beware of Darkness [GH/ LR]
  9. Band Introduction
  10. While My Guitar Gently Weeps [GH]

Album Tracks, Disc 2:

  1. Medley: Jumpin’ Jack Flash/ Young Blood [LR/ BP]
  2. Here Comes the Sun [GH]
  3. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall [BD/ GH/ RS/ LR]
  4. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry [BD/ GH/ RS/ LR]
  5. Blowin’ in the Wind [BD/ GH/ RS/ LR]
  6. Mr. Tambourine Man [BD/ GH/ RS/ LR]
  7. Just Like a Woman [BD/ GH/ RS/ LR]
  8. Something [GH]
  9. Bangla-Desh [GH/ BD/ LR/ RS]
GH George Harrison, RV Ravi Shankar, BP Billy Preston, RS Ringo Starr, LR Leon Russell, BD Bob Dylan

Rating: 4.360 (average of 10 ratings)


sales in U.S. only 3 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 3 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 2
peak on U.K. album chart 1 1

Singles/Hit Songs: *

  • Blowin’ in the Wind [BOB DYLAN] (1/64) --
  • Just Like a Woman [BOB DYLAN] (9/10/66) #33 US
  • That’s the Way God Planned It (7/2/69) #62 US, #11 UK
  • Something [THE BEATLES] (10/18/69) #3 US, #4 UK, #17 AC. Sales: 2 million. Airplay: 5 million
  • My Sweet Lord (11/28/70) #1 US, #1 UK, #10 AC. Sales: ½ million. Airplay: 3 million
  • It Don’t Come Easy (4/17/71) #4 US, #4 UK. Sales: ½ million
  • Bangla-Desh (8/14/71) #23 US, #10 UK
* Chart information is for original studio versions by original artists.


Album of the Year Grammy winner. Click to go to awards page.

The Concert for Bangla-Desh
George Harrison/ various artists
“Hands down, this epochal concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden – first issued on three LPs in a handsome orange-colored box – was the crowning event of George Harrison’s public life, a gesture of great goodwill that captured the moment in history and, not incidentally, produced some rousing music as a permanent legacy. Having been moved by his friend Ravi Shankar’s appeal to help the homeless Bengali refugees of the 1971 India-Pakistan war, Harrison leaped into action, organizing on short notice what became a bellwether for the spectacular rock & roll benefits of the 1980s and beyond. The large, almost unwieldy band was loaded with rock luminaries – including Beatles alumnus Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Badfinger, and two who became stars as a result of their electric performances here, Leon Russell (Jumpin’ Jack Flash /Youngblood) and Billy Preston (That’s the Way God Planned It). Yet Harrison is in confident command, running through highlights from his recent triumphant All Things Must Pass album in fine voice, secure enough to revisit his Beatles legacy from Abbey Road and the White Album” (Ginell).

“Though overlooked at the time by impatient rock fans eager to hear the hits, Shankar’s opening raga, Bangla Dhun, is a masterwork on its own terms; the sitar virtuoso is in dazzling form even by his standards and, in retrospect, Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan, and Alla Rakha amount to an Indian supergroup themselves” (Ginell).

“The high point of the concert is the surprise appearance of Bob Dylan – at this reclusive time in his life, every Dylan sighting made headlines – and he read the tea leaves perfectly by performing five of his most powerful, meaningful songs from the ‘60s” (Ginell).

“Controversy swirled when the record was released; then-manager Alan Klein imposed a no-discount policy on this expensive set and there were questions as to whether all of the intended receipts reached the refugees. Also, in a deal to allow Dylan’s participation, the set was released by Capitol on LP while Dylan’s label Columbia handled the tape versions. Yet, in hindsight, the avarice pales beside the concert’s magnanimous intentions, at a time when rock musicians truly thought they could help save the world” (Ginell).

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Last updated April 16, 2008.