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Thread #65742   Message #1085209
Posted By: Peter T.
03-Jan-04 - 09:49 AM
Thread Name: Concert for George Harrison DVD
Subject: Concert for George Harrison DVD
Somebody gave me this for Christmas, and I expected it to be horrible, but it turned out to be quite great. I am a Beatle fan of long standing, but most of these tribute concerts are hideous (there was one for John Lennon that I saw that was miserable, full of half talented people basking in the shadow, wrecking his songs). This one was just about perfect (it really needed Dylan, I think, I wonder where he was? Maybe he would have been one ego too many anyway).

The best thing about it is the first part, with a piece by Ravi Shankar, an extraordinary blend of Indian and Western music that obviously took endless effort -- Shankar's daughter is amazing, conductor, musician, and real beauty. There is a sequence where Eric Clapton plays a brief Eastern piece which was obviously completely hairy to play, and he carries it off. The second half -- George Harrison music -- was quite fine too, with Harrison's son Dhani adding that odd frisson, because he looks so much like his father. Eric Clapton obviously kept the band from dissolving into mush, and there were nice Python bits, and it was beatifully filmed. I enjoyed it all (though why they felt the need to have two DVD disks, one of which also included a feature film which was practically identical to the concert, I do not know).   


Peter T.