October 7, 2019 – 10:43 am


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GINGER BAKER R.I.P. 1939 - 2019

Ginger Baker, one of the most innovative and influential drummers in rock music, has died on October 6, 2019 at the age of 80. In September 2019, the family of Ginger Baker announced that he was critically ill and asked to keep him in their prayers. A co-founder of Cream, he also played with Blind Faith, Hawkwind and Fela Kuti in a long and varied career. His style combined the lyricism of jazz with the crude power of rock. One critic said watching him was like witnessing “a human combine harvester”. Nicknamed Ginger for his flaming red hair, he was also a temperamental and argumentative figure, whose behaviour frequently led to on-stage punch-ups.

One of rock’s first “supergroups”, Cream (together with Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton) fused blues and psychedelia to dazzling effect on songs like Strange Brew, Sunshine of Your Love, Badge and I Feel Free. They sold more than 35 million albums and were awarded the world’s first ever platinum disc for their LP Wheels of Fire. Along with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the band expanded the vocabulary of heavy rock, especially during their incendiary live shows, where the three musicians would stretch simple riffs into long, exploratory improvisations. - BBC

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London 1975 [no label, 1CD]

BBC In Concert. Live at the Paris Theatre, Regent Street, London, UK; February 22, 1975. Transcription disc, very good Pre-FM.

Thanks to bluebomber for sharing the show at Dime.

LP > Alesis Masterlink ML9600 @ 24/88 (track splits, fades etc)
> AIFF > Foobar2000 conversion to FLAC
Track 11 from original broadcast: in correct sequence, this was broadcast between 09 Remember and 10 People.
Cassette > Alesis Masterlink ML9600 @ 16/48 > AIFF > Foobar2000 conversion to FLAC

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Track 01. Intro 1:02
Track 02. Inside of Me 5:45
Track 03. Love Is 3:26
Track 04. The Hustler 7:33
Track 05. Time 4:33
Track 06. Space Machine 7:01
Track 07. The Artist 5:36
Track 08. Freedom 5:51
Track 09. Remember 8:37
Track 10. People 7:15
Track 11. Memory Lane (Broadcast source) 9:06
66 mins

Ginger Baker - drums, monologue on ‘Time’
Paul Gurvitz - bass, vocals
Adrian Gurvitz - guitar, vocals
Mr Snips - vocals
Pete (Peter) Lemer - Keyboards

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  1. 13 Responses to “BAKER GURVITZ ARMY - LONDON 1975 [GINGER BAKER R.I.P. 1939 - 2019]”

  2. The music world is very sad

    By Briois on Oct 7, 2019

  3. Thanks Big O and thanks Ginger !

    By CHINA707 on Oct 7, 2019

  4. Rumor has it Ginger had a Big Un

    By U L E on Oct 7, 2019

  5. Hey Derrick,

    G O P A C K E R S !!!!!!

    By GBP on Oct 7, 2019

  6. R.I.P. Ginger…

    By rochacrimson on Oct 7, 2019

  7. Ginger once used his scholong as a drumstick when he couldn’t find one of his .True story

    By C Tony on Oct 8, 2019

  8. I believe that story . Most drummers I’ve screwed have been humongous. Don Brewer or Grand Funk did the same thing with his junk at a concert. I know . I was there .

    By Pam Des Barris on Oct 8, 2019

  9. great talent, but seemingly a horrible human being.

    By COMIXX on Oct 9, 2019

  10. C Tony - those apocryphal stories about drummers are applied to all of ‘em! From Bonham to Bev Bevan, Keith Moon and even Ringo, Ginger Baker to Levon Helm (of whom it was alleged he was a major swordsman. Ronnie Hawkins said of Helm ‘He was packing more meat than the local abattoir!)

    By swappers on Oct 9, 2019

  11. That is very true . When I fucked Bob Dylan ‘ Robbie Robertson and Rick Danko backstage in 1974 Levon played with himself the whole time while he watched . I noticed that he needed both hands to stroke himself. Very long strokes too

    By Bebe on Oct 9, 2019

  12. I now feel even more deprived than I did then knowing that his Coc was so giagantic. Bob ‘ Robbie and Rick were all huge . Richard Manuel was too stoned and high to participate so I didn’t see his size . I still have no idea.

    By Bebe on Oct 9, 2019

  13. (sigh….)

    By Graham Lake on Oct 10, 2019

  14. Notes on Paul Gurvitz: He now lives near me in Phoenix, AZ and gigs occasionally as The New Army, playing acoustic guitar. Saw the group in 2016 at The Rhythm Room. A very pleasant diversion, with Stone craft beer.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Nov 11, 2019

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