Jack Bruce Band feat. Ginger Baker – Almost Cream (1992)

frontcover1Jack Bruce is one of my favorite musician … who was a real strong part of my life … and here´s a great bootleg from him …

It would be a 5 Star rating, hadn’t it been a bootleg and therefore the limited sound quality. The concert was recorded in New York at the Bottom Line on 7 December 1989. The concert is rough and comes from the heart. A great moment to share with this great artist. Are on board  Ginger Baker on a limited amount of songs, Bernie Worrell on keyboards, Blues Saraceno on guitar, and others. (by luchenzig; rateyourmusic.com)

Listen to Jack Bruce and his wonderful world of music … Did I tell you, that Jack Bruce is one of my favorite musician ? … Many fantastic colors …

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Personnel:
Ginger Baker (drums on 10. – 18.)
Jack Bruce (bass, vocals, harmonica)
Malcolm Bruce (guitar)
Gary “Bone” Cooper (percussion, background vocals)
Tom Goss (drums on 01. – 09.)
Blues Saraceno (guitar)
Bernie Worrell (keyboards)

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Tracklist:

CD 1:
01. Life On Earth (Bruce) 4.49
02. No Surrender (Bruce/Brown) 6.14
03. Make Love (Bruce/Brown) 4.41
04. Born Under A Bad Sign (Bell/Jones) 8.28
05. Blues You Can’t Lose (Dixon) 8.44
06. Theme From An Imaginary Western (Bruce/Brown   7:09
07. Blues Saraceno Guitar Solo (Saraceno) 3.03
08. Keep It Down (Bruce/Brown) 8.27
09. Grease The Wheels (Bruce/Brown) 9.10

CD 2:
10. N.S.U. (Bruce) 5.13
11. Obsession (Bruce/Brown) 5.08
12. White Room (Bruce/Brown) 6.00
13. Rollin’ & Tumblin’ (Morganfield) 5.16
14. Toad (Baker) 7.35
15. Sitting On Top Of The World     7:35
16. Politician (Bruce/Brown) 5.10
17. Sunshine Of Your Love (Bruce/Brown(Clapton) 7.44
18. Spoonful (Dixon) 13.01

 

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Fela Ransome Kuti & Ginger Baker – The Afrika `70 (1971)

frontcover1Live! is an album recorded in 1971 by Fela Kuti’s band Africa 70, with the addition of former Cream drummer Ginger Baker on two songs. It was released in 1971 by EMI in Africa and Europe and by Capitol/EMI in the United States and Canada. It was reissued on CD  in remastered form by Barclay with a bonus track from 1978.

Baker travelled with Kuti into Africa in a Land Rover to learn about the continent’s rhythms. The bonus track on the Barclay CD reissue features a 16-minute drum duet between Baker and Africa 70s drummer Tony Allen recorded at the 1978 Berlin Jazz Festival.(by wikipedia)

Originally released in 1971, this LP had Fela Kuti solidifying the format that would take him into international visibility in the years to come: extended tracks with grooves that mixed African and funk rhythms, punctuated by rudimentary lyrics. There are just four songs on the album, none shorter than seven minutes, and all but one going over the ten-minute mark. More than a dozen strong, his band, the Africa ’70, cooks pretty well on tracks that fuse jazz, soul, and African music in a trancelike fashion that avoids becoming stale, despite the length of the arrangements. Ex-Cream/Blind Faith drummer Ginger Baker’s name was given prominence in the billing, probably to attract rock- and pop-oriented listeners who might not ordinarily take a chance on music from the African continent. However, it’s Fela and Africa ’70, not Baker, who are the dominant presence on a record that sounds much like a mixture of James Brown, fusion, and Nigerian forms. (by Richie Unterberger)

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Personnel:
Tony Abayomi (percussion
Tony Allen (drums, percussion)
Lekan Animashaun (saxophone)
Peter Animashaun (guitar)
Ginger Baker (drums, percussion)
Igo Chiko (saxophone)
Maurice Ekpo (bass)
Eddie Faychum (trumpet)
Friday Jumbo (percussion)
Henry Koffi (percussion)
Akwesi Korranting (percussion)
Fela Kuti (organ, percussion, vocals)
Isaac Olaleye (percussion)
Tunde Williams (trumpet)

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Tracklist:
01. Let’s Start (Kuti) 8.06
02. Black Man’s Cry (Kuti)12.12
03. Ye Ye De Smell (Kuti) 13.55
04. Egbe Mi O (Carry Me I Want To Die) (Kuti) 12.37
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05. Ginger Baker and Tony Allen Drum Solo (live 1978) (Kuti/Baker/Tony Allen) 16.21

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Ginger Baker´s Energy – Live ! (1980)

FrontCover1In 1980, after a three year break, Ginger Baker (well known for his celebrated sucess with bands like “Cream” and “Blind Faith”) decided to become active again. Together wir John Mizarolli and other musicians he founded the band “Energy”.

Energy took an extensive European tour after only two weeks rehearsal. Baker an his band presented their public an interesting conglomeration of Funk, Rock, Blues and Soul.

Unfortunately, Energy dissolved after the tour. So we could glad that their live material could be offered, Energy having never entered a studio.
This show was recorded live on March 10, 1980 at the Fabrik, Hamburg / Germany.

MizarolliBakerThis liner notes was written by one of the greatest Ginger Baker fan in the world: Peter Brkusic from Vienna/Austria.

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Ginger Baker (drums)
Mike Davis (guitar, vocals)
David Lennox (keyboards)
John Mizarolli (guitar)
Henry Thomas (bass)

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Tracklist:
01. Just Like You 2.58
02. Lost Your Love My Love 4.44
03. Don´t Be So Serious 5.14
04. Countain On You 3.04
05. Help Yourself 3.22
06. Natural Thing 9.03
07. Waisting Time 3.41
08. Menopause 8.47
09. Feel So Blue 10.12
10. Motown 8.36
11. Natural Thing 9.35

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Jack Bruce – Home Recordings (1962)

FrontCover1Jack Bruce, best known as one-third of Cream, died on October 25, 2014 of liver disease at his home in Suffolk. He was 71. In a statement issued by his family on Saturday, his family said: “It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.”

Bruce played bass, sang and was the principal songwriter in Cream. The group sold 35 million albums in just over two years and were given the first ever platinum disc for Wheels of Fire Bruce wrote and sang most of the songs, including “I Feel Free” and “Sunshine Of Your Love”. But even leaving aside that group, in which he played with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, his CV reads like a comprehensive guide to the British blues boom, with spells in Alexis Korner’s Blues Inc, the Graham Bond Organisation, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Manfred Mann. Bruce’s life had been marked by health and financial troubles. In the late 1970s he struggled with drug addiction, and worked as a session musician to make money. In 2003 he was diagnosed with liver cancer, and that September he underwent a transplant. His body initially rejected the new liver, and Bruce almost died, but he recovered well enough to return to performance in 2004. (by The Guardian and BBC)

Here is probably the rarest Jack Bruce recording. All thanks goes to Hopboy for sharing this a few years ago! It’s pretty amazing this even still exists, as it even pre-dates the Graham Bond era. If you enjoy this, I also highly recommend the Bruce/Baker/Heckstall-Smith home recordings from the same era. These rehearsals have seldom been heard by anyone other than a small group of diehard Jack Bruce collectors. Taken from Hopboy’s Jack Bruce collection.

The Tube was later played by Jack, Ginger, and Dick at Jacks “50th birthday concert” at the E-Werk in Cologne Germany on November 2 or 3, 1993.  (by amellowsoul)

Thanks to Hopboy; and to amellowsoul (Tom Shyman) for sharing the tracks at Dime.

Jack’s home studio in London, UK; circa 1962 (exact dates unknown). Very good audio, a bit of hiss.

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Personnel:
Jack Bruce (bass – double bass solos and practice tracks on 01. – 08.)
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Dick Heckstall-Smith (saxophone on 00. – 14.)

Tracklist:
01. Sonnymoon For Two 6.34
02. Body And Soul 2.40
03. Unknown Composition 1 / 1.05
04. Unknown Composition 2 / 2.00
05. Unknown Composition 3 / 0.10
06. Unknown Composition 4 / 1.39
07. Unknown Composition 5  / 0.54
08. Unknown Composition 6 / 1.16
09. Sonnymoon For Two (Take One) 8.04
10. Jordu 11.13
11. Sonnymoon For Two (Take Two) 8.08
12. The Tube 8.23
13. Unknown Composition 7 (Part A) 12.27
14. Unknown Composition 7 (Part B) 11.06

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