"Concert for George" does not have the feel of your standard live tribute.
"Concert for George" does not have the feel of your standard live tribute. Only four actual heavyweights appeared at the November 2002 gig at London's Royal Albert Hall—Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Tom Petty. Sure, that is a lot of star power, but the bill was rounded out by a group of fellow friends, mentors and/or longtime collaborators, including little-known British musician/actor Joe Brown, acclaimed keyboardist Billy Preston and Ravi Shankar. Perhaps fittingly, those folks provide some of the best and most emotional moments of the show. Preston pours Southern soul into "My Sweet Lord," turning it into a rapturous hand-clapper; Brown is astonishingly perfect on "Here Comes the Sun." The heavies are of course in brilliant shape on this disc and the accompanying DVD. Petty slays on his and the Heartbreakers' poignant take on "I Need You." And McCartney and Clapton's ukulele-led version of "Something," more than any of the other 23 tracks here, will break your heart.—WO