Monday, April 27, 2009

Fela Ransome-Kuti and the Africa 70 with Ginger Baker – Live! (1971)

Fela and the Africa 70 just rippin’ it live. The band is incredibly tight and Fela himself is in top form, playing some badass organ and perfecting his James Brown inspired yelps.The album also features drummer Ginger Baker. It’s kind of hard to tell what he’s doing here, apart from looking totally awesome in the cover photo. He apparently subbed in for Africa 70 drummer Tony Allen on one or two of these tracks. I guess it’s to his credit that you don’t really notice. The last track is a drum duet between Allen and Baker taken from the 1978 Berlin Jazz Festival. It doesn’t really add anything to the album, but is fun to listen to.