February 3, 2023 – 6:03 am

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A Tribute To Ginger Baker 2020 [Empress Valley/Mid Valley Records MVR-947/948, 2CD]

Live at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, London, UK; February 17, 2020. Very good audience recording.

Thanks to Andrea82 for sharing the show at Dime.

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A gathering of British classic rock legends took the stage in London on February 17, 2020, to give Ginger Baker a proper sendoff. The drummer’s two-time bandmate, Eric Clapton, had announced the benefit concert to celebrate the musical life of his “dear friend” who died at 80 on October 6, 2019. The charity event, billed as Eric Clapton & Friends: A Tribute to Ginger Baker, was held at the Eventim Apollo Hammersmith in London, UK. Some friends! Joining EC were such legends as Steve Winwood (who formed Blind Faith with Baker, Clapton and Ric Grech), Ronnie Wood, Roger Waters and Nile Rodgers.

Want more? Also playing in the tribute to Baker were Kenney Jones, Paul Carrack and Chris Stainton on keys, Steve Gadd, Willie Weeks, Baker’s son, Kofi Baker, himself a drummer, singers Katie Kissoon and Sharon White, Sonny Emory, Henry Spinetti, and Clapton’s nephew, Will Johns.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Film of Ginger Baker 3:13
Track 102. Intro by Eric Clapton 1:33
Track 103. Sunshine Of Your Love [with Roger Waters] 6:28
Track 104. Strange Brew [with Roger Waters] 5:16
Track 105. White Room [with Roger Waters, Ronnie Wood, Kenney Jones] 6:43
Track 106. I Feel Free [with Roger Waters, Willie Weeks, Paul Carrack] 3:38
Track 107. Tales Of Brave Ulysses [with Nile Rodgers, Willie Weeks] 4:56
Track 108. Sweet Wine [with Paul Carrack, Will Johns] 4:38
Track 109. Blue Condition 6:42
Track 110. Badge [with Ronnie Wood, Henry Spinetti] 6:53
Track 111. Pressed Rat And Warthog [with Kofi Baker] 4:43
55 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Had To Cry Today [with Nile Rodgers, Kofi Baker, Steve Winwood] 8:07
Track 202. Presence Of The Lord [with Nile Rodgers, Kofi Baker, Steve Winwood] 5:47
Track 203. Well Alright [with Nile Rodgers, Kofi Baker, Steve Winwood] 5:28
Track 204. Can’t Find My Way Home [with Nile Rodgers, Kofi Baker, Steve Winwood] 5:40
Track 205. Do What You Like/Toad [with Nile Rodgers, Kofi Baker, Steve Winwood] 12:49
Track 206. Crossroads 8:55
Track 207. Crossroads Reprise 2:24
50 mins

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  2. I wish I had friends


    Even just one friend

    *sob* *sob*

    By U L E on Feb 4, 2023

  3. Swappers will be your friend. He ain’t got no friends and he ain’t got no standards either.

    Would you be prepared to give him a dB? That’s his favorite.

    By Leonard on Feb 4, 2023

  4. No. Lameturd, he rejected my friend request


    By U L E on Feb 4, 2023

  5. How about you, Lameturd? Will you be my friend?

    By U L E on Feb 4, 2023

  6. Well U_L_E you must be desperate, but yes, I will be your best friend forever. We can be besties…

    By Lameturd on Feb 5, 2023

  7. You called me Lameturd. For thst, you can’t be my friend. Better try that bloated sack of shit Swappers again.

    By Leonard on Feb 5, 2023

  8. Eric Clapton salutes Abraham Lincoln? Look at the cover.

    By Derrick on Feb 5, 2023

  9. I’m down for a sausage-fest. Who wants to join me on my knees and start blowing some horns like a seal

    By Derrick on Feb 5, 2023

  10. I DO, Derrick!!! I DO!!!

    By Leonard on Feb 5, 2023

  11. Thank you Big O Amigos. This will make the weekend evenings in Thompson much smoother. Another version of “Can’t Find My Way Home,” is always welcome, almost a Friday and Saturday night theme song. Respectfully, James

    By James Smith on Feb 9, 2023

  12. Im a pathetic little troll tat takes delight in others misery. I have such a pathetic life that I contemplate suicide every day

    By Derrick on Feb 9, 2023

  13. I want to blow my brains out after I blow some coc k

    By Derrick on Feb 9, 2023

  14. But Derrick… you won’t!

    By HHH on Feb 9, 2023

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