Bangla Desh Albums (Madison Square Garden August 1, 1971)

  1. Master # 1: A. Contraband label version titled MADISON SQUARE GARDEN AUGUST 1, 1971:

USA: East Coast, ca. 1972, identical master to The Greatest Show On Earth (Share Records GH 6699), I do not know which version came first.

Variations shown:

  • Stamped cover, no insert
  • inserts in various colors
  • back stamp track list found on one of the insert versions
  • Carnaby Records, yellow CBM & blank white labels

Later reissued ca. 1974/5 with Instant Analysis labels and their bare bones slip sheet design:

Harrison bangla desh

Source: Evening performance at Madison Square Garden on 1 August 1971; Matrix  SAD 1/2 

Side 1: My Sweet Lord/ Beware of Darkness/ My Guitar Gently Weeps/ Here Comes The Sun/ Something/ Bangla Desh

Side 2: A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall/ It Takes A Lot To Laugh/ Blowin’ In The Wind/ Mr. Tambourine Man/ Just Like A Woman

Quality Comments: “Satisfactory mono, a lot of crowd noise.”; “It is a mediocre audience recording.”


2. Master # 1: B. The Share Records version:

Greatest Show On Earth

Greatest Show On Earth lbl


3. Master # 2: A. The FRT BRK 1001 Release


Copies with yellow labels exist as well: “This ‘version two’ Bangla Desh concert LP was issued in 1971 by FRT Records. The plain white sleeve carried a black on white insert with small, unflattering cartoon drawings of the artists. Black vinyl. The labels are either blank blue (some were stamped “SIDE A”, “SIDE B” and/or “33 1/3 RPM”.) or are the generic GLC labels.
This is basically the same LP released by  BANG records [shown above], but was pressed from a different master plate. Matrix  BRK 1001 A1/B1 “

Hot Wacks claims that the FRT BRK 1001 album contains excerpts from the afternoon show. It also states that Bangla Desh (BANG Records 4022) contains the same material. That LP is then listed in Eight Arms To Hold You as the suggested source for three tracks from the evening concert.


4. Master # 2: B. The WCF copy titled BANGLA DESH

From “BANG Records [WCF] released this LP in 1971 [1973 is more likely when looking at the WCF 40XX series] shortly after the concert. It was pressed from its own unique master plates, but it’s basically the same LP that was released by FRT records at about the same time [see below]. It has a folder type wrap-around sleeve with a black and green, or green and white cartoon insert of Harrison [The folder type cover is a ca. 1974 reissue w. blank white labels and not the simple insert version shown here]. The labels are either plain eggshell white or are full printed silver and blue ‘BANG’ labels. Matrix  4022 A/B  “

I have since created a follow up post focusing on the WCF album. You can visit it by clicking on this text.

CfBd 3


New York Harrison Concert 1971

With Klaus Voormann, Jesse Ed Davies and Eric Clapton.

CfBd 4

With Don Preston and Eric –  the mad axe-men of altruism.

CfBd 2

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