GEORGE HARRISON - ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON 1992

February 25, 2014 – 4:59 am

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GEORGE HARRISON
With Joe Walsh and Gary Moore
Hari and the Hijack Band 1992 - final headlining show [Norse 641992/93, 2CD]

Live at the Royal Albert Hall, London, UK; April 6, 1992. A bit distant, fairly to very good audience recording.

George Harrison would have been 71 today.

Thanks to ademotte for sharing this show at Dime.

ademotte’s notes:

George Harrison was famously aversed to performing in public, having only embarked on one full-length (disastrous) tour in 1974 in the 20 years following the Beatles’ breakup. Lured out of retirement by Eric Clapton, he played a two-week tour of Japan in late 1991 backed by EC and his touring band; despite rumors of a broader North American and European tour, no further dates were scheduled.

With the exception of this one. This was a charity event for the “Natural Law Party” at London’s Royal Albert Hall the following spring; George played a somewhat truncated (95 minutes) version of the Japan setlist, augmented with guests Joe Walsh and Gary Moore to open the show. Eric Clapton was unavailable to reprise the role he’d played in Japan, so Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) filled in competently. Other guests during George’s set included Joe Walsh on “Roll Over Beethoven,” and Gary Moore and Ringo Starr on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”

Following this show, George withdrew into seclusion again. He performed at “Bob Fest” in New York later that year, and guested with Ravi Shankar on a VH-1 special in 1997, but this was his last headlining appearance. He ultimately died of lung cancer in November December 2001. (Many thanks to commenter “Marc911″ for the additional detail included above.)

I’ve always liked this show, even though it’s relatively short. George seems more spirited and relaxed than he did on the Japanese tour, although Clapton’s presence is definitely missed.

I grabbed this show from Dime’s predecessor EZTree in 2004; I put it up on Dime in 2006 and I don’t believe it has been back. Hopefully this will fill a hole for some collectors.

In terms of sound quality, it’s not the best recording but certainly good - and more than acceptable considering the historic nature of this show. Dynamics are good but not great, the overall mix is solid, and there’s not really any close-mic audience interference to distract from the listening. The taper was either a ways back from the PA or not in a good taping location, so the recording sounds a bit distant. (Given that I’m holding a 1992 recording to 2013 taping standards - for the era, it’s very good.)

Lineage:
Silver CD > EAC > SHN

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Disc 1
Joe Walsh
Track 101. Pretty Maids All In A Row 4:34 (7.7MB)
Track 102. In The City 3:56 (6.6MB)
Track 103. Life In The Fast Lane 5:27 (9.2MB)
Track 104. Funk 49 4:15 (7.1MB)
Track 105. Rocky Mountain Way 8:26 (14.2MB)

Gary Moore
Track 106. Walking By Myself 4:14 (7.1MB)
Track 107. The Sky Is Crying 6:04 (10.2MB)
Track 108. The Blues Is Alright 5:53 (9.9MB)
Track 109. Still Got The Blues 7:59 (13.4MB)

George Harrison
Track 110. I Want To Tell You 4:21 (7.3MB)
Track 111. Old Brown Shoe 4:09 (7.0MB)
Track 112. Taxman 4:09 (7.0MB)
Track 113. Introduction 2:08 (3.6MB)
Track 114. Give Me Love 3:52 (6.5MB)
Track 115. Something 4:57 (8.3MB)
75 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. What Is Life 4:54 (8.2MB)
Track 202. Piggies 3:04 (5.2MB)
Track 203. Got My Mind Set On You 5:01 (8.4MB)
Track 204. Cloud 9 4:33 (7.6MB)
Track 205. Here Comes The Sun 3:33 (6.0MB)
Track 206. My Sweet Lord 6:08 (10.3MB)
Track 207. All Those Years Ago 4:48 (8.1MB)
Track 208. Cheer Down 4:06 (6.9MB)
Track 209. Isn’t It A Pity 6:48 (11.4MB)
Track 210. Devil’s Radio 8:14 (13.8MB)
Track 211. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (with Ringo Starr, Gary Moore) 8:07 (13.6MB)
Track 212. Roll Over Beethoven (with Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Gary Moore) 4:11 (7.0MB)
Track 213. Drum Solo (Ringo Starr) 7:43 (13.0MB)
Track 214. Roll Over Beethoven (also featuring Dhani Harrison) 1:27 (2.4MB)
73 mins

The Hijack Band:
Will Lee
Ray Cooper
Greg Phillinganes
Katie Kissoon
Steve Ferrone
Chuck Leavell
Tessa Niles

Mike Campbell - guitar
Andy Fairweather Low - guitar

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  1. 39 Responses to “GEORGE HARRISON - ROYAL ALBERT HALL, LONDON 1992”

  2. Gear! Fab! F.A.B.!

    By Job Hunter on Feb 25, 2014

  3. hare kṛṣṇa

    By Clim Marr on Feb 25, 2014

  4. Thanks Big O for celebrating George’s birthday
    You can never have too much George in your life
    and we miss him still

    By swappers on Feb 25, 2014

  5. Thanks, bigO!

    By NAMoosedog on Feb 25, 2014

  6. just can`t believe george would be 71.
    what a talent!

    By dropkick sarge on Feb 25, 2014

  7. purely subjective of course…

    but the quiet Beatle produced some of the strongest solo material of the 4 for sure…

    By Jerry's Finger on Feb 25, 2014

  8. The great thing about George (and Ringo, too) is that he only ever played what was exactly right for the song … understatement is so hard to pull off, but these George certainly knew how to.

    Even as a dedicated Beatles collector I won’t be downloading this as the quality is fairly poor, but it’s great that it’s out there and people are listening to it :)

    AW

    By AndrewWild on Feb 25, 2014

  9. waiting for king dipshit to tell us that he had his picture taken with george or some other bullshit tale.

    By dartherreah on Feb 25, 2014

  10. How great is this! Thanks BigO! Happy Birthday George.

    By JB on Feb 26, 2014

  11. George’s widow has video of these concerts as well as at least two of the 1974 shows in high quality. Maybe someday she will release them. It will be a great day when she does.
    And for you other posters, let’s try to keep your comments civil and about the music. Your nasty diatribes against each other has grown old.

    By Belmo on Feb 26, 2014

  12. Thank you, Belmo.

    By AndrewWild on Feb 26, 2014

  13. And for you other posters, let’s try to keep your comments civil and about the music.

    hear that darth ?

    By AndrewWild on Feb 26, 2014

  14. Belmo = Darth ???

    By Jack Bond on Feb 26, 2014

  15. Belmo = Darth ???

    not a chance. Belmo writes excellent music reference books.
    Darth = bullshit.

    By dropkick sarge on Feb 26, 2014

  16. ^ the post immediately above attributed to me was posted by someone else. Please cease and desist.

    By AndrewWild on Feb 26, 2014

  17. no i dont have a pic with harrison but i do have pics of him. they were from when he was at the rock n roll hall of fame induction ceremony at the waldorf with jeff lynn dylan etc. we were underneath the hotel and ended up chasing them to the airport hoping to get some more pics and the people i was with wanted autographs. i couldnt help thinking that if there had been an accident with that limo that some of the biggest names in music would be gone. they ended up driving up on the tarmac to the plane so we couldnt get near them. and the cab cost us over $60. oh well. i never saw harrison again. this was the day after the actual induction.

    btw.. ringo will be 72 on july 7th. clapton will be 69 march 30th. same day same age as my ex wife.

    By darth on Feb 26, 2014

  18. Wow, darth appears to be proud of himself for harassing musicians to the point that they could have gotten killed. Sad.

    By Lieberman on Feb 26, 2014

  19. thats not what i said. i was in a cab following the limo. it wasnt like the princess diana thing racing thru a tunnel. there was no harassing. we were several car lengths or more behind the limo just making sure not to lose the limo. we knew where they were going and knew that it wouldnt stop til it got there. we wanted to get there around the same time. as i said.. i just had a thought back in the late 80s that if the limo had crashed etc. that several important musicians would have either gotten very hurt or died. neither i nor anyone in the cab i was in would have been responsible for it. the driver was nowhere near the limo and the limo driver wasnt even aware of us.

    By darth on Feb 26, 2014

  20. thats not what i said

    yes it is.

    By andrew not so wild on Feb 26, 2014

  21. just had a thought back in the late 80s that if the limo had crashed etc. that several important musicians would have either gotten very hurt or died.
    neither i nor anyone in the cab i was in would have been responsible for it.
    backpeddaling at its finest. gonna wish me dead too idiot?

    By mr.backpedal on Feb 26, 2014

  22. Contrary view, yes.
    Lively debate, yes.
    Meaningless insults, no.
    Name calling, no.

    Grow up and learn to express yourselves.

    This means all of you. Those who open themselves to abuse by rising to provocation and those who deliver it because it’s just sport to them.

    Music based posts only, please, and if you can’t say anything civil, say nothing at all and spare us the bandwidth.

    And those who post using my name, or a variation of it, how very droll.

    By AndrewWild on Feb 27, 2014

  23. i didnt backpeddle. i explained. there are idiots who will misread what i say and twist things i say so i have to reiterate them. kinda like what u tried to do.

    By darth on Feb 27, 2014

  24. i didnt backpeddle. i explained.

    yes you did. but you also lie.

    By mr.backpedal on Feb 27, 2014

  25. i have never lied about anything. not even once. and if u thought i did u would have proven it. and u sure as hell wouldnt be using a new id to accuse me. im not doing that. interesting isnt it. accusing someone of lying means nothing. backing up the accusation would mean much more.

    By darth on Feb 27, 2014

  26. i have never lied about anything. not even once

    blah blah blah and blah.you lie almost every time to post. theres your proof,idiot.

    By mr.backpedal on Feb 27, 2014

  27. whats the proof? all i see is accusations. saying i lie isnt proof. do u understand the meaning of the word proof? u have to actually show the lie and prove it. u cant just say its a lie. and then u cant confuse lies with mistakes. i dont deny i make the latter. we all do that. but lie? no. never. i just dont. why would i?
    btw.. u dont need to sign your name to your postings. it appears underneath each one.

    By darth on Feb 27, 2014

  28. isn`t it time for you to post some tv listings ?
    go make yourself useful.

    By mr.backpedal on Feb 27, 2014

  29. George died in November 2001 (29 November to be exact), not December 2001 as stated in the notes above.

    By Woodstock69Vet on Feb 27, 2014

  30. Hello Woodstock69Vet

    Thanks.

    By bigozine2 on Feb 27, 2014

  31. Awesome bigO! Great versions of Taxman and While My Guitar Gently Weeps! Keep these great Beatles bootlegs comin’!

    By JohnnyCashFan#1 on Feb 28, 2014

  32. I like the gary moore tune. lots of passion.

    By daves not here on Feb 28, 2014

  33. I read that George had a rider in his contract on tour, that stated he and the band had to go out every night after the show to a restaurant, and enjoy a nice plate of hot sausages together.

    By Sausages on Mar 1, 2014

  34. vegetarian sausages?

    By swappers on Mar 1, 2014

  35. @Swappers - good question.. of course, George had veggie sausages.. he was a good soul.

    By Sausages on Mar 1, 2014

  36. i didnt know it til just now when i checked out my mail from sunday nite but the day before paco delucia died we had another death -

    Franny Beecher, rock and roll guitarist (Bill Haley and the Comets), of natural causes, 92.

    By darth on Mar 4, 2014

  37. WOW, this an excellent live show from Harrison and Company. As an oldster, I saw the Beatles, Stones, Jimi, Moby Grape and scores of others over the many years I rocked. The Solo Harrison tour of “My Sweet Lord” in 73/74[whatever] I did miss but only due to a MASSIVE SNOW that cancelled His Richfield Coliseum gig. He arrived but the band and eqpt. got stranded in Detroit. Wicked bummer-
    Are all you cats so lost in the minutiae that you’re reduced to bickering? This isn’t cool by any means and totally NOT in the spirit of Harrison. Stick to the music presented and not the the death of a great man. Reading the “comments”about the show I found they were mostly ongoing arguments that you cannot settle. Grow the F**k up.

    By John P McNea III on Mar 6, 2014

  38. Isn’t it a pity, isn’t it a shame
    How we break each other’s hearts and cause each other pain…

    By Chris Maddock on Mar 17, 2014

  39. Awesome! Thanks BigO! How ’bout something for Paul’s [McCartney] birthday?

    By just joking on May 21, 2014

  40. I’ve just discovered this site. Great find!i was lucky enough to be at the 1992 Albert Hall gig. I heard it advertised on the radio and just went straight down to the venue. It was an amazing event. All the more so for the appearance of Ringo. I had no idea I could access the tracks. Anyone any idea if it’s possible to find the actual cd of this concert. I just wish iPhones has been invented back then!

    By David Weale on Feb 18, 2015

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