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Another win for a vinyl source as this recording has always sucked supremely on CD and in fact was usually copied from vinyl. No surprise here that the SODD title still achieves $100+ on eBay these days and the incredibly rare Baby Moon LPs in the $300-400+ range.

Vancouver, Pacific Coliseum – November 2, 1974 (First night of the tour)

Setlist as played that night – it would change for the next show in Seattle and then again after that (bold titles are present on this 2LP set):

01. Hari’s On Tour
02. The Lord Loves The One Who Loves The Lord
03. Who Can See It
04. Something
05. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
06. *Going Around In Circles
07. Sue Me Sue You Blues
08. ***Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
09. ***Naderdani
10. ***Vachaspati
11. For You Blue & band introductions
12. Give Me Love
13. Soundstage Of Mind
14. In My Life
15. **Tom Cat
16. Maya Love
17. *Outta Space
18. Dark Horse
19. *Nothing From Nothing
20. What Is Life
21. ***Anurag
22. ***I Am Missing You
23. ***Dispute and Violence
24. My Sweet Lord

* by Billy Preston
** by Tom Scott
*** by Ravi Shankar & ensemble

Line-up:
George Harrison (Guitar)
Robben Ford (Guitar)
Willie Weeks (Bass Guitar)
Andy Newmark (Drums)
Billy Preston (Keyboards)
Emil Richards (Percussion)
Tom Scott (Horns)
Chuck Findley (Trumpet)
Jim Horn (Saxophone)

“The source tape for this performance has yet to circulate widely, but apart from some of the Shankar material it does exist. The circulating material is spread across two different bootleg releases. Side One of the scarce George Harrison 1974 (Baby Moon Records) contains three tracks, the other available material from the show appears on the 2LP set Live In Vancouver (SODD). Although the version of ‘What Is Life’ on the SODD disc (the only duplicated title) is incomplete in comparison to the Baby Moon version (it lacks the reprise) the sound quality is a notch above. ‘The Lord Loves The One (That Loves The Lord) and ‘Who Can See It’ were dropped from the setlist after this performance. These two odd titles have appeared together on a number of releases but always lifted from the Baby Moon LP.” (Madinger/Easter in “Eight Arms To Hold You”, page 447)

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In Seattle on November 4th, the show ran like this:

01. Hari’s On Tour (Express) 06:41
02. Something 03:36
03. While My Guitar Gently Weeps 06:01
04. Will It Go Round In Circles 04:59
05. Sue Me Sue You Blues  10:08
06. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom  07:10
07. Jai Sri Kalij  03:56
08. Naderdani  06:14
09. Cheparte  08:48
10. Anurag  11:24
11. Dispute And Violence  (05:09)
12. I Am Missing You  08:39
13. For You Blue  09:12
14. Give Me Love  04:25
15. Soundstage Of Mind  04:39
16. In My Life  06:23
17. Tom Cat  05:05
18. Maya Love  05:21
19. Nothing From Nothing  06:05
20. Dark Horse  04:09
21. Outa Space    06:13
22. What Is Life  05:58
23. My Sweet Lord  09:20

In later shows, the Billy Preston “funky interlude” (and much needed shot in the arm ‘boogie segment’) of “Nothing From Nothing” and “Outa Space” was no longer separated by George doing “Dark Horse” – an excellent decision.

The First West Coast Beatles Fan Convention
July 17 & 18, 1976 – Seattle, WA

“Here, There, and Everywhere” was the name for the first west coast Beatles fan convention, held at the Seattle Center North Court Rooms . Special guests included Apple house hippie Richard Dilello and early Beatles manager Alan Williams. Ron Furmanek was flown in from New Jersey to show his legendary Beatles collection of 16mm & 35mm films. (Beatles footage on video cassettes didn’t exist at this time!)

The convention attracted fans and dealers from Europe, Canada, and the U.S. In all, more than 2000 people attended the two day show. Admission for both days was $25.00, considered by some to be high at the time – but the convention planning and design was first rate – no expenses were spared. A deluxe advance ticket packet included complete convention information with detailed maps, buttons, a bumper sticker, record price guide, photos, and other items. Students received a 20% discount as well. The convention hours were 10 am to 2:00 am each day, a total of 32 hours. At one point a staff of 40 people were employed, including many volunteers.

Unfortunately, the promoters did not fare too well financially. Although the show grossed more than $30,000, it cost about $55,000 to put it on. Tens of thousands of dollars was spent on advertising, from radio and newspapers to magazines such as Creem and Rolling Stone. Custom business cards and posters were printed as well. Thousands of flyers were made and distributed all over Seattle. Everything was elaborately designed and professionally printed on the best paper stock. A couple of thousand bumper stickers (pictured above) were made and stuck here, there, and everywhere.

Nevertheless, the show was very successful in many other ways. Many of the dealers had stated that it was their best show ever. A limited edition special first pressing of the George Harrison bootleg LP, “Cry for a Shadow” (LP# 2317438) was custom made for the convention and quickly sold out. With over 40 hours of films, plus auctions, live entertainment, live radio broadcasts, the flea market, contests, guest speakers, and much more, the fans had a great time.

George Harrison “Cry For A Shadow” double LP (Baby Moon Records 2317438), released February 1. 1975 [this is probably not correct]. Second limited edition of 100 copies, this is copy #10. [I believe there was a first run of 125 copies. I have now realized for the first time that there are two versions of this. The double LP version seen above and the single LP mentioned in “Eight Arms To Hold You” and seen below with the different cover shot of George not holding a drink. ]

SONGS:

Vancouver, Nov. 2: The Lord Loves The One That Loves The Lord / Who Can See It? / What Is Life?

Seattle, Nov. 4: All Right As A Lumberjack (actually “Hari’s On Tour (Express)” / Something / While My Guitar Gently Weeps / Sue Me. Sue You Blues / For You Blue / Give Me Love / Sound Stage Of Mind / In My Life / Maya Love / Dark Horse / What Is Life? / My Sweet Lord

Newspaper review:

“Vancouver audiences scratch their heads, and local critics sharpen their claws, as George Harrison kicks off his disastrous 30-date North American Tour with a performance at the Pacific Coliseum.

“A slight percentage of the knowledgeable did enjoy it,” complains Sun Music Critic Don Stanley, “a slightly larger percentage attempted to look intelligent, and the rest of us suffered. It’s either to the credit or the shame of Vancouver audiences that only a few people yelled ‘Boogie’, and that one girl cried ‘Unbutton your overalls, George!’”

Harrison does himself few favours with the audience by tampering with the lyrics of classic Beatles numbers (“While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, for example, is changed to “While My Guitar Tries to Smile”), and the tour itself (known derisively by critics as the ‘Dark Hoarse’ tour, due to Harrison’s thoroughly thrashed vocals) will meet with poor reception – and sometimes open hostility throughout North America.

“[The band] couldn’t adequately cover up for Harrison’s vocals,” Stanley continues. “He attempted to storm through the material, a la Dylan’s recent magnificent tour, and ended up agonizingly hoarse. As a showman, he was utterly eclipsed by Billy Preston – ‘I see I’ll have to pay him more money,’ Harrison said weakly, after Preston’s ‘Outta Space’ finally released the audience’s frustrated energy.”

And, in a move that further alienates concertgoers, Harrison decides to supplement his own material with two sets performed by sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar.

“This will be educational,” Harrison declares. “I’d die for Indian music, but I wouldn’t die for this [tapping his electric guitar]. Don’t have preconceived ideas, and maybe you’ll like it.”

Stanley, for his part, is unimpressed, declaring “Ravi Shankar’s two sets drained away excitement as effectively as feedback.”

Thus far, 1974 has been an unfortunate year for Harrison; it marked the end of his recording contract with EMI Records, and the end of his relationship with wife Patti Boyd, who recently left him for Eric Clapton. The reviews of Harrison’s tour, his lingering laryngitis, and the critically-loathed “Dark Horse” album which follows will prove so discouraging for the guitarist, that he will make only make rare live appearances over the rest of his career, and he will never again tour North America.”

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Here are two photos from the actual gig:

http://www.flickriver.com/photos/canadagood/3068366095/

http://www.flickriver.com/photos/canadagood/3068365795/