various artists george festDuring the waning summer of 2014 loads of music people got together in Los Angeles to do a couple of concerts in honor of the music of former Beatle George Harrison. The twenty-seven songs found here in the three disc compilation features the best of his underappreciated though impressive catalogue. What is interesting is how many of the artists appearing here are of the indie variety. You get members of The Flaming Lips, The Strokes, Brandon Flowers of The Killers and Spoon. That leads to a lot of the songs being the centerpieces rather than a huge musician’s ego or reputation. Also they are a lot more contemporary than previous George Harrison tribute albums. What is disappointing (and it is often the case when the honoree is so respected) is the lack of imagination in the covers. I guess so many of the performers were star struck and did not want to offend Harrison or the fans by being adventurous in their interpretations of songs. The best results come when the singer really pours themselves into the songs. Ann Wilson of Heart on “Beware of Darkness” and Norah Jones on “Behind That Locked Door” really shine. Whereas tongue in cheek performers like Weird Al Yankovic on “What is Life” and Conan O’Brien (yeah, that Conan O’Brien) on “Old Brown Shoe” are less than successful. A real treat is having Dhani Harrison on “Savoy Truffle”, “Handle With Care”, “All Things Must Pass” and “Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let it Roll)” as he sounds a lot like his father.