Category: bangladesh

harrisonstories: Created in response to his mother’s death from…

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Created in response to his mother’s death from cancer, midway through the All Things Must Pass sessions, this is a Harrison B-side to rival “The Inner Light” and “Old Brown Shoe.” Harrison offers band simplicity, coupled with David Bromberg fingerpicking. This is more advanced than the thumb-plucked bass lines of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “For You Blue” – it was the first time Harrison picked the melody within the chord structure.

The rare Harrison folk-blues piece is delivered with unnerving intimacy, made possible by the sparse instrumentation and light-touch production. The obvious sources for “Deep Blue” are Dylan and Bromberg. But George was developing an interest in blues styles, as shown by “Sue Me, Sue You Blues,” also from this period. Both songs feature resonant dobro inflections that aren’t bound to folk or blues models – even when Harrison plays within the classic pentatonic blues scale, his musicality imprints his own distinct identity.

As Harrison continues the catharsis of All Things Must Pass, his unerring honestly does not waver, despite the deeply personal subject matter. Unlike in later material, here his pain does not spill over into bitterness. “Deep Blue” is one of the great forgotten Harrison recordings, a worthy companion to New Morning and the future work of Ry Cooder and David Bromberg, and a candidate for the “last great B-side” accolade.

– Simon Leng, While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison

NOTE: “Deep Blue” has also been described as being influenced by the situation in Bangladesh as it was recorded around that time and was released as the B-side to the “Bangla Desh” single.

with George playing piano in overalls on the single sleeve!

thateventuality: George Harrison – “Bangla Desh” Recorded: 4…

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George Harrison – “Bangla Desh”

Recorded: 4 & 5 July 1971; released 28 July 1971

“The first-ever rock charity single predated ‘We Are The World’ and ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ by fourteen years […].

[Jim Horn recalled] ‘George was very, very gracious, very businesslike, and wanted to get all this stuff done properly. He asked me if I was aware of what was going on over there [in Bangladesh] and explained the whole story to me about Bangladesh and Ravi his friend. It was a real turning point for me, because we were doing something for a cause through one of the Beatles.’

Klaus Voormann also noted a different atmosphere: ‘From the moment people knew that whatever we did for Bangladesh was for nothing [unpaid], there was a different attitude, because the people didn’t feel they were there to earn money. They were there to have fun an do something good for a good cause.’” – While My Guitar Gently Weeps: The Music of George Harrison by Simon Leng

Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend, The Who, at the UK…

Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend, The Who, at the UK Bangladesh benefit concert “Goodbye Summer,” September 18, 1971