Saturday, January 3, 2009

World Liberty Concert
Alan Parsons & Friends


The World Liberty Concert was held on 8 May 1995 and commemorated the 50th anniversary of VE-Day, the liberation of Europe. The venue for the concert was Arnhem, the Netherlands, near the John Frost bridge, the bridge immortalized in the film `A Bridge Too Far'. The idea for the WLC was conceived by 25 year old Dutchman Arno Geul, who, at an early stage, decided Alan Parsons was the perfect Musical Director for the show. Apart from (not entirely live) performances of the Alan Parsons Band (with Chris Thompson and Mick Mullins on vocals), Candy Dulfer (sax), Art Garfunkel, UB40 and many others (including an 80 piece orchestra and a local choir), the show consists of military parades, airshows and a narration by Walter Cronkite, the legendary war correspondent and later news anchorman. The Alan Parsons Band performed a number of well-known songs (Sirius/Breakaway, Old and Wise, The Gold Bug, Sirius/Eye in the Sky) plus some new material commissioned for the show (among which White Dawn) and also accompanied Dulfer, Joe Cocker and Art Garfunkel on their segments. The show was televised live in 40 countries, was attended by approximately 85.000 people and is about two hours long.

For this evening's show I have collected what I could find from the concert and have tried to assemble it in something resembling chronological order. Being unable to find a set list of the show I had to take my best guess with the videos which had no narration. The only full version of the concert I could find was a Torrent download, but at 4 GB it was far too large for Splashcast.



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Direct links to the individual videos:

Overture

Let the Healing Begin – Joe Cocker

Sirius => Breakaway

The Gold Bug

True Colors – Cindy Lauper

Julia Says – Wet Wet Wet

Love is All Around – Wet Wet Wet

I Can’t Make You Love Me – Candy Dulfer

Old and Wise

White Dawn

Sirius => Eye in the Sky

Bridge Over Troubled Water – Art Garfunkel

You’re the Voice

1 comment:

  1. Corry Hoekman7/02/2014 6:20 PM

    Hi Bluebear2:

    I am from Holland and I knew what happened during WW II regarding this bridge: it was a bridge too far for the aliens( Americans; Englishmen, Polands etc.) in order to liberate the east part of the Netherlands from the Nazi`s.The aliens lost the fight against the Germans and when I just listened to this video I hear the same sounds that must have been heard by people in the surrounding of Arnhem during September 1944.

    I did a little search for you regarding the setlist of this entire concert (Art was the last one who sang this - still so wonderful - song. I found a Youtube-link gathering all links regarding this great event. Please have a look at this bundle of posts. I hope you can add some more YT-films regarding this project. I did a search for dl this concert, but is not to be found anymore.

    Have fun by looking all these YT-links:

    http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=alan+parkson+world+liberty+concert+arnhem+1995

    By the way: this concert was broadcasted in Holland by TV: I think because of the copyrights many YT-ul films have been deleted: I could not find my favorite one anymore.......

    Kind regards, Corry Hoekman, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands

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I hope you enjoyed the show!
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