When a friend asks for help, wonderful things can happen.
East Pakistan and West Pakistan were one country separated by India and culture. Operation Searchlight, a brutal crackdown by West Pakistan forces on the rising tide of political upheaval and cultural differences, led to the start of the Bangladesh Liberation War on March 26. By December, East Pakistan had won their freedom and became the independent country of Bangladesh.

The effect of the war left thousands of refugees stranded in India and, with a recent cyclone adding to the problem, became a humanitarian disaster. Ravi Shankar asked his good friend if there was some way he could help. Both Harrison and Shankar released singles (Bangladesh
and Joi Bangla
) to increase public awareness of the problem and plans were started to hold a small fund-raising concert in New York. George asked a few of his friends and the rest, as they say is history (first stage appearance by George since 1966, first stage apperance by Dylan since Isle Of Wight in 1970).

Two concerts held on Aug 1 at Madison Square Garden resulted in one 3-LP box set (with 64 page booklet) released near Christmas and a film
the following spring (3/72). The first rock concert to raise money for a charity was not without its problems and details can be found at the links.

The Concert For Bangladesh
Apple STCX-3385
12/20/71 BB
Special Packaging

Three lps housed in nice box, with 64-page booklet of absolutely
stunning photos. Some of these photos became album covers!
Look for 'em!
Side One
George Harrison & Ravi Shankar Introduction 6:16
Ravi Shankar Bangla Dhun 16:19
Side Two
George Harrison Wah-Wah 3:15
George Harrison My Sweet Lord 4:16
George Harrison Awaiting On You All 2:37
Billy Preston That's The Way God Planned It 4:05
Side Three
Ringo Starr It Don't Come Easy 2:38
George Harrison & Leon Russell Beware Of Darkness 3:26
George Harrison Introduction Of The Band 3:00
George Harrison While My Guitar Gently Weeps 4:39
Side Four
Leon Russell Jumpin' Jack Flash/Youngblood 9:11
George Harrison & Pete Ham Here Comes The Sun 2:51
Side Five
Bob Dylan A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall 5:04
Bob Dylan It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry 2:54
Bob Dylan Blowin' In The Wind 3:34
Bob Dylan Mr Tambourine Man 4:06
Bob Dylan Just Like A Woman 4:14
Side Six
George Harrison Something 3:05
George Harrison Bangladesh 4:14
Ravi Shankar section:
Ravi Shankar-sitar
Ali Akbar Khan-sarod
Alla Rakha-tabla
Kamala Chakravarty-tambura

Concert section:
George Harrison-guitars, vocals
Eric Clapton-lead guitar
Jesse Ed Davis-lead guitar
Don Preston-lead guitar
Leon Russell-piano
Billy Preston-organ
Ringo Starr-drums
Klaus Voorman-bass
Carl Radle-bass
Jim Keltner-drums
Badfinger-rhythm guitars, backing vocals
The Hollywood Horns: Jim Horn, Allan Beutler, Chuck Findley, Jackie Kelso, Lou McCreary, Ollie Mitchell
Backing vocalists: Don Nix, Jo Green, Jeanie Greene, Marlin Greene, Dolores Hall, Claudia Linnear

Acoustic section (side five):
Bob Dylan-guitar, harmonica, vocals
George Harrison-guitar, vocals
Ringo Starr-tambourine
Leon Russell-bass
Produced by: George Harrison & Allen Klein

Note: Joan Baez also recorded a charity single
to support those in need.

Official web site
Wiki page on concert


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