Despite the big names, there was something very intimate about this event and the people who performed all knew and loved George.
They included Jeff Lynne, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Ringo Starr, Paul Mc Cartney and Joe Brown, who closed the show with a tear jerking performance of "I’ll See You In My Dreams".
A limited edition deluxe box set includes the 4 LP vinyl, 2 CD's, 2 Blu Ray's and 2 DVD's along with a 12x12 hard bound 60 page book. n 1969, after years of working as the house band for the late Rick Hall at the legendary FAME Studios, where the likes of Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett recorded, the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section struck out on their own.
Fans who buy this edition also get a cutting from the original handpainted on stage tapestry used as the backdrop at the Royal Albert Hall on November 29th, 2002. This deluxe edition is limited to 1000 worldwide and includes a note from Olivia Harrison, explaining the story behind the tapestry. Although the content on Blu Ray, DVD and the 2 CD's hasn’t really changed, the full concert is on the 1st Blu Ray or DVD, while the 2nd video disc offers the theatrical version with additional material, this time around there are combo editions available as 2 CD 2 Blu Ray set or a 2 CD 2 DVD package. Affectionately known as the Swampers, the band set up their own studio, Muscle Shoals Sound, at 3614 Jackson Highway in Sheffield, AL, and they didn’t have to wait long for artists to seek them out.
Significantly, this new vinyl version features the complete sound recordings from "Concert For George", the first time all the songs from the performance have been available on an audio product.
This means that Sam Brown‘s stonking rendition of "Horse To The Water", arguably one of the best of the night, is included on the vinyl edition.
All told, the collection is a vital snapshot of music history and stands as a testament to the deep influence the band had on modern music.
“I’m happy this is finally coming out”, says Hood, one of the more modest and unassuming music legends around. ew artists have had the impact on pop, soul, rock and jazz as the iconoclastic Nina Simone.
Simone played by her own rules in life and art, recording some of the most electric and eclectic music imaginable in any genre.
It wasn’t uncommon on a Simone album to find politically charged protest music alongside popular Broadway hits and reworkings of contemporary rock songs.
Additionally, Barnes & Noble will have an exclusive blue vinyl version.
Ashley Kahn’s new liner notes draw on a fresh interview with drummer Al 'Tootie' Heath, who joined Simone and bassist Jimmy Bond on the intimate recordings.
But 2 new compilations are looking at her 2 earliest recording affiliations, for the Bethlehem and Colpix labels.