More Unusual Versions of Concert for Bangladesh

Following our post on the unusual Epic Records, 1991 edition of George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh, we’ve had a number of other rare and remarkable versions sent in.

First up is this Spanish copy. It’s also on the Epic Records label, and has the same white front cover as ours:FRONT

But beyond that there are a number of significant differences. Firstly, this one is a rare promo copy. You can see a gold CBS Records promo stamp on the rear cover:REAR

Like the rest of the world, this set was a long time out of print until it was reissued on the Epic label in 1991. In Spain, Epic was part of CBS, hence the CBS golden stamp.REAR DET1

It includes the same CD-sized booklet as our version:BOOKLET

However the labels are in Spanish – different to the standard European release:LAB1LAB DET

Now back to the original 1972 edition, and a rare one from Brazil:FRONT

Like for the rest of the world (outside the US) this Brazilian set was also distributed by CBS, but it was pressed by RCA Electrónica Ltd. This is because at the time CBS didn’t have its own pressing plant in Brazil – so they contracted the job out. This set was one of the first stereo albums released by CBS in that country. Unusually, the box it comes in is hinged, not in two separate pieces like US, UK and Australian editions. The box set has the usual external design, but note the different catalogue number printed on the spine:

SPINE

This edition doesn’t include the booklet at all. It has a track list (in English) and credits (in Portuguese) printed on two inserts glued inside the front and of rear of box, which is impossible to scan. Here is the label for Side 1:LAB1

Note the words “CBS Masterworks-Apple” and “Fab por: RCA Electronica Ltda” on the labels:LAB DET1LAB DET2

Finally, this 1972 Israeli set is very different from other worldwide releases. Here are some of the most noticeable differences. Firstly, the front of the box has a much lighter orange colour than all other editions:

FRONT_2

This is a unique box because it has a plain white rear:REAR

The set doesn’t include the usual 12″ booklet, but it has a 4-page monochrome insert (25 cm wide x 27 cm high):INSERT OUTINSERT IN

And it has unique white labels, even though this is not a promotional album:LAB1 22-48-15LAB DET 22-48-15

Thanks so much to Beatles Blog reader Manuel Garcia Jara for all this info and for sending the images.

Another Different Concert for Bangladesh

We’ve detailed at least one very unusual George Harrison Concert for Bangladesh 3 LP set before. (After a bit of detective work by our readers we discovered that that one came from South Africa).

And we picked up a nice US pressing of Bangladesh in San Francisco earlier this year.

But this latest addition to the collection is, we think, a bit of a rarity.

It’s the Epic Records release dating from 1991. The story goes that Epic, which is a subsidiary of Sony Music, had a royalties deal back then with Columbia/EMI (and hence Apple Records), to release some of their titles for the European market. The records we see here were made in Holland.

As you can see the Epic set doesn’t come in a brown/orange box. The 3 LPs are housed in a white sleeve that reproduces the artwork used for the booklet which came with the original 1971 Apple release:Concert for Bangladesh front

The rear cover is like the rear of the Apple booklet – but it has a track list included:Concert for Bangladesh rear

The inner sleeves are plain white:Concert for Bangladesh inner

The 3 LPs are on an Epic Records label (with a small Apple Records licence mention at the bottom):Concert for Bangladesh label

Surprisingly this Epic set includes a CD-sized booklet, not the original 12″ sized booklet. It’s not exactly the same as the booklet used in the Epic 2CD release (which also came out in 1991) because it has an LP catalogue number inserted on the rear (below the guitar case):Concert for BangladeshA close-up of the booklet (click image to see a larger version):

Concert for Bangladesh booklet frontConcert for Bangladesh booklet rear

Concert for Bangladesh booklet1Concert for Bangladesh booklet2All in all a nice copy and a rare one, too.