TVD Vinyl Giveaway: Concert for George,
4-LP, 180-Gram Box Set

Friends, not only are we living in the material world, we’re living in the physical world, one in which the lovingly assembled Concert for George—the live performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall in memory of George Harrison one year after his passing—has arrived on store shelves for the first time on vinyl. And we have a copy of the 4-LP box set to, yes, physically mail to one of you.

In some manner not unlike John and Yoko’s Wedding Album for its sense of bequeathing a bit of the experience for those not in attendance, the Concert for George box set captures the spirit of the evening in both presence and tone. The 4 180-gram LPs are housed in weighty and well-designed sleeves, and the pull out book functions much like the evening’s program for the listener.

As to the performances, they’re spirited and often moving—Ringo’s “Photograph” written with George a particular highlight, as well as Paul’s solo intro to “Something” on the uke which swells into a full band undertaking. Just lovely (and never maudlin). And hey, if you’re thinking you might miss George’s vocals, Jeff Lynne bears an eerily similar tone to that of Mr. Harrison.

First things first—some official background on the release: In honor of George Harrison’s 75th birthday (February 25), the Grammy®-winning, 8-times platinum release Concert for George, is available for the first time on vinyl, released as a 4-LP Box Set. Says Olivia Harrison, “We will always celebrate George’s birthday and this year we are releasing Concert for George in a very special package in memory of a special man.”

The 4-LP Box Set includes the complete sound recordings from Concert for George on 180-gram audiophile vinyl, featuring a special, mandala-design etched on side-8. This is the first time that all songs from the performance have been available on an audio configuration. The album will also be made newly available via streaming platforms, track listing mirroring that of the vinyl.

On November 29, 2002, one year after the passing of George Harrison, Olivia Harrison and longtime friend Eric Clapton organized a performance tribute in his honor. Held at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the momentous evening featured George’s songs, and music he loved, performed by a lineup that included Clapton, Joe Brown, Dhani Harrison, Jools Holland, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Monty Python, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, Ringo Starr and many more.

Directed by David Leland (whose credits include the feature Wish You Were Here, HBO’s Band Of Brothers and the Traveling Wilburys video “Handle With Care”), Concert for George captures stunning renditions of some of the most significant music of the 20th century, including “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (featuring Clapton on guitar, McCartney on piano, and Starr on drums), “Taxman” (performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and “The Inner Light” (covered by Jeff Lynne and Anoushka Shankar). Lynne, Harrison’s longtime friend and collaborator, produced the audio elements of the concert, while Clapton oversaw the entire proceedings as Musical Director.

Concert for George has been certified 8-times platinum by the RIAA since its initial release as a 2-DVD set in November 2003 and earned a 2004 Grammy® Award for Best Long Form Music Video.

Side 1
Sarve Shaam – Traditional Prayer
Your Eyes – Anoushka Shankar
The Inner Light – Jeff Lynne & Anoushka Shankar

Side 2
Arpan – Conducted by Anoushka Shankar

Side 3
Sit On My Face – Monty Python
The Lumberjack Song – Monty Python with Tom Hanks
I Want To Tell You – Jeff Lynne
If I Needed Someone – Eric Clapton
Old Brown Shoe – Gary Brooker
Give Me Love – Jeff Lynne

Side 4
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 & Sam Brown
Taxman – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Side 5
I Need You – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Handle With Care – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison
Isn’t It A Pity – Billy Preston
Photograph – Ringo Starr

Side 6
Honey Don’t – Ringo Starr
For You Blue – Paul McCartney
Something – Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
All Things Must Pass – Paul McCartney
While My Guitar Gently Weeps – Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton

Side 7
My Sweet Lord – Billy Preston
Wah Wah – Eric Clapton & Band
I’ll See You In My Dreams – Joe Brown

Side 8
Etched vinyl with mandala design

Enter to win the Concert for George, 4-LP, 180-Gram Box Set by simply citing in the comments below your personal quintessential George Harrison song—and briefly why. One spirited commenter with a North American mailing address will be chosen one week from today, Tuesday April 17, 2018 …which is oddly enough, Tax Day. Our winner will be notified directly via email.

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  • High Rant District

    If we’re talking quintessential, for me it’s My Sweet Lord. It reminds me of being a kid in the park in the 1970s – for some reason we’d always hear it in the car on the way to the park. It’s a peaceful song and at the time, having moved out of a bad neighborhood in the Bronx, the green grass that I barely knew as little kid and the lack of surrounding danger and the song all fit perfectly together. I suppose it didn’t hurt that I was a Catholic school kid at the time. The song just … worked.

  • Alessandro

    Quintessential? If we are talking about generally then there are so many. Quintessential for me? 1979’s Blow Away might be the one. Most likely the first George Harrison tune I was consciously aware of that summer I discovered my local top 40 radio station.

  • Brandon Telg

    My Sweet Lord. Hands down.
    Honestly as someone who has had his fair share of spirituality issues over the years, when I heard My Sweet Lord a few years ago for the first time, I felt… “you know, maybe this is all okay. Maybe I don’t have to fight with spirituality so much.”
    Still makes me tear up listening to it.

  • joel spivack

    Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth. Simple and sums up George’s view of the world.

  • Evan K

    As a huge George fan, narrowing down all of his influential music to one song is almost soul-crushing but, I’ve managed to do it for my own personal taste. When I think of my quintessential George songs it comes down to a few: All Things Must Pass, in it’s entirety, is quintessential. It meant so much to me even 40 years after it’s initial release. It still spoke so clearly. Picking one song from that album, I’d go with “Let It Down.” The immediate wall of sound in that song is so soul-grasping it’s hard to recover for the entire 5 minutes it takes to play it. It’s so beautiful, meaningful and powerful. From start to finish it grabs you and makes you feel the intense love George was putting into his music. Speaking briefly of George’s music is difficult to do, as there’s always so much emotion put into everything he did. It is felt, for me, the most in “Let It Down” and hasn’t faded since it’s release.

    Thanks for your time!
    -Evan Kronenberg

  • Peter Dervin

    My quintessential song by George has to be “Wah-Wah”. Every time I play that song I crank up the volume and rock out. It’s amazing as it builds and builds into a ragging rocker!!! Love it!!!!

  • ttownscott

    My Sweet Lord. It inspires my own faith and reminiscence about my faith journey. I also like that it incorporates all of Harrison’s faith as well. I especially like that it was included in the Concert for George reflecting back to him playing it in Concert for Bangladesh all those years ago.

  • Alex Levas

    First off, let me say that this is one awesome musical treasure trove of a prize, and we should all be so lucky to be in the running for it based on our immense love for “the quiet Beatle” and his amazing recorded works.
    That being said, if I had to pick one Harrison song that is just quintessential George for me, that go-to track would have to be “Ski-ing” from his obscure Wonderwall Music album. This little-known gem, which just clocks under two minutes, is a blissful instrumental delight featuring a frenzied Harrison and Clapton dual electric guitar solo in a continuous, yet quite harmonious, loop.
    The first time I heard this little number was when the house lights came up after a Band of Horses show at the 9:30 Club a few years back. I was just so mesmerized with the psychedelic mashup that was coming over the P.A. that I had to Shazam it and acquire it right away. It took me a while, but I finally managed to secure a decent used vinyl copy to remind me of how much that one wildly uncontrolled melody was instantly and very pleasantly seared in my brain.

  • rion hampton

    My favorite Harrison song is his version of the Everly Brothers, Let It Be Me, but if we are talking his own composition, Apple Scruffs.

    As a teacher I use the Beatles to show the ‘60’s through the eyes of band that grew up with the ‘60’s. At the center of that change was George, who grew the most, but never was appreciated. All Things Must Pass, his master opus, was a monument to his ability, and a window into what could have been had Lennon/McCartney embraced his genius. I always find myself, for this reason, playing more Harrison songs for the kids. I even named my dog after the guy. George Hairison was a quiet little mutt.


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