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Live in Munich Germany 1972

Live in Munich Germany 1972

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Following his tenure with a number of jazz bands in the late

fifties and early sixties his career really began when he

joined the Graham Bond Organisation. From here he formed

Cream along with fellow Bond Organisation bassist Jack

Bruce and Eric Clapton guitarist with John Mayall's

Bluesbreakers. Cream were an instant hit particularly in

America were they sealed their reputation with extensive

touring and the release of the albums Fresh Cream,

Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire. Following the split with

Cream Ginger formed Blind Faith along with Eric Clapton

Steve Winwood and Ric Grech. Once again the band enjoyed

massive success in America and played one massively

attended open air gig in London's Hyde Park in June 1969.

Following this gig the band released their only studio album

the self titled Blind Faith.


Ginger's next musical stop was his own band Ginger Baker's

Airforce who released two albums of part studio part live

recordings. This short-lived band broke up in late 1970 and

Ginger then went to briefly live in Africa where in Nigeria he

established his own recording studios in Lagos whilst also

forming the band Salt a band which managed to fuse jazz

with African rhythms. A return to the UK in the mid seventies

saw Ginger join forces with the Gurvitz brothers late of

Three Man Army and Gun in the Baker Gurvitz Army.

Releasing a number of albums with this band Ginger

re established his rock career.

Further collaborations with Hawkwind, The Masters of Reality

and a reunion with former Cream band mate Jack Bruce in

Baker Bruce and Moore were to keep Ginger's name in the

forefront of rock before Cream reunited in May 2005 for a

successful string of dates in London at the Royal Albert Hall

and New York at Madison Square Garden. Ginger has also

recorded a number of well received jazz albums with his own

jazz trio.

This recording dates from a concert performance in Munich

in 1972 and was the first musical outing in Europe for Ginger

alongside Salt since Ginger Baker's Airforce some two years

previously. The show was billed as Ginger Baker and Salt

"Africa Now" Invites Drum Battle. The show was filmed for

German television and broadcast shortly after and repeated

a year later in 1973. The line up for this performance was

Ginger Baker : drums,  Steve Gregory: tenor sax, flute, 

Bud Beadle: saxes,  Tunde Koboje: bass,  Berkley Jones:

guitar,  Laolu Akins: african drums,  Kehinde Lijadu: vocals, 

Taiwo Lijadu: vocals,   and special guest: Art Blakey: drums.

The recordings featured in the Official Ginger Baker Bootleg Series are sure to become collector's items and are all sanctioned by Ginger Baker.


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