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Ginger Baker's Airforce [Import]

Ginger BakerAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 23, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Lemon Records UK
  • ASIN: B00019FWG2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,822 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

Reissue of the acclaimed drummer's 1970 post Cream project, recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall. He is joined by many special guests here including, Steve Winwood, Rick Grech, Chris Wood, Denny Laine, Graham Bond & more.

Customer Reviews

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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING - VINYL RIP August 9, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This release is a travesty. After 2 excellent sounding releases of this concert on CD (The initial Polygram S/T release and the Polygram Chronicles 2CD "Do What You Like"), Lemon Records (hmmmmm, that should warn you)"remastered" this concert from very used vinyl, which is bad enough, but then digitally maximized it to the point of distortion. If they were going to reissue this, why not just reissue the concert as released originally on CD - at least that was from the master tape. Look instead for either of the above mentioned out of print items.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great potential - poor recording. July 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This group could really rock but the quality of the recording was very poor. The last song even skipped. i should ask for another copy but i did not want to bother getting back in touch. Masterful Musicians, however!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
As the other reviews warn, seek out better recorded versions of this material. I will comment mainly on the music itself, assuming you are able to listen to it in its purest reissued form.
This was THE "supergroup performance opportunity" of the day, based on the participants - Ginger Baker (Cream/Blind Faith), Rick Grech (Family/Blind Faith), Stevie Winwood (Traffic/Spencer Davis/Blind Faith), incomparable session men such as Harold McNair on flute, and so on. But, based on the actual performance, there may not seem to be much about this to like. Long jams probably not rehearsed very much, as witnessed by stumbles in the musical "choreography" here and there, feedback screams from the sound system, muffled intros, etc. But who can ignore the percussion locomotive of three drummers that drives this music along, capped off by a plaintive version of "Man of Constant Sorrow" (done decades before "Oh Brother Where Art Thou") by Denny Laine, original Moody Blues singer ("Go Now" era). And the horns contribute mightily to the propulsion. It sounds like the raw influence of Fela Ransome Kuti and his musical aggregations had something to do with the jamming, which may well be true since Ginger did record with him elsewhere. OK, I'm a big fan of the artists that got together here. 5 stars for the music, minus 2 or 3 for the recording.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars for the performance ..HOWEVER . July 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Wonderful music sounding bad ..As other reviewers say .. this is a rip from vinyl , and not a good one at that .VERY bad fidelity and distortion on tracks .. I had to get rid of this one .buyer BEWARE ."Lemon Records" .. may give you a clue .
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Unlistenable quality July 18, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Do you need another review telling you that this Lemon release is just that - a lemon? Yes, because you may be tempted to still get it because of the line-up, the history of the concerts and tales of how good the music is but please don't. This particular release is unlistenable even on average equipment. It must sound truly horrendous on top-of-the-line stuff! I love Cream, Winwood, Graham Bond, McNair, et al - I'm a prime candidate for forgiving something recorded by these people that is a little sub-par in the recording quality stakes (check out my review of Graham Bond & co. at Klooks Kleek elsewhere on Amazon) but this is a bridge too far for me. I cannot listen to it all the way through. I start to twitch very early in the piece. Imagine taking the original recordings and processing them through a dirty woollen sock whilst playing them on the cheapest turntable with a worn and dirty needle and you're getting somewhere towards the sound of this cd. I thought I could live with it for the sake of having it but no, I can't. Shame.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 1990 cd version has good sound quality August 23, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The thing to do is look for the 1990 cd pressing on the Polydor Label. It's the first cd pressing done of the album. I recently got it here and it has none of the problems people are reporting with the 2004 "vinyl rip" version. If you enter "Ginger Baker's Air Force" you will see the album cover more than once. Peruse through them and look carefully. When you see a version noted as 1990, get it. If the seller has run out of them, then I've at least pointed in the right direction. The seller I got it from is bookmans_exchange. If you still have a problem, Amazon definitely has "Do What You Like" which is a 2-cd set that includes both the first Airforce cd (the one you're looking for)and the second one (Ginger Baker's Air Force 2"). Happy Hunting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a great album with a few flaws May 7, 2008
Format:Audio CD
"Da Da Man" begins this live 80 minutes performance by Ginger Baker and gang, and it's quite the instrumental workout! Keyboards jam for a couple minutes, guitars do as well, and even a saxophone near the end. It's pretty good but honestly if you're someone who's a big fan of say, the live stuff from Wheels of Fire, please don't expect anything of that caliber. This is because Air Force isn't strictly a guitar or drum album with psychedelic-tinged vocal melodies thrown in. Nah this is something jazzier and more instrumentally diverse but not necessarily better.

"Early in the Morning" is an eerie chant almost. Not what I was expecting at all, and I mean that as a good thing! Diversity is always welcomed even when it goes down territories I never would have believed, haha. The eerie violin riff that reminds me of lumberjacks for some reason that you hear in the intro is appropriate because it soon leads to an eerie set of vocals and a rather messy but appealing jazzy section with a violin jam. As someone who loves the violin to pieces, I can't help but feel somewhat disappointed. I mean it's such a great musical instrument but either the playing isn't as good as it could have been or perhaps the muddy production is the culprit here (at least on this occasion). Whatever the reason, the notes are somewhat incoherent. The mellow flute solo that comes after is melodic and pretty awesome at least. Soon the flute jam escalates into a heavier and even better solo. So the song is saved by the flutes and the jazzy rhythm in the second half.

"Don't Care" opens with a guitar riff not much different from Jimi Hendrix's "The Power of Soul" and a catchy vocal melody by Steve Winwood. I'm pretty sure I heard a version of this song somewhere before.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Drums, drums, drums in the deep.
Top five drummers from back in the day, and still can evolve to really great stuff. When the Airforce came out, I was still pissed that Cream had broken up, but this one and the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carl Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Ginger Bakers best effort
The combination of the musical talents is amazing. Each artist adds thier own style to creat a true legend of an album. This piece of history has been overlooked. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gilbert Cardenas
5.0 out of 5 stars the sound of idealism
what do you do when your first few attempts at playing the best music with the best musicians around, using all the eclectic influences that shaped your musical palette fail? Read more
Published 10 months ago by badrat
5.0 out of 5 stars wow!1!
just a great album and cd buying experience. Baker"s talent is only met but the swift way in which the album was sent to me in pristine condition. great buying experience.
Published 10 months ago by Robert N. Rolfes
5.0 out of 5 stars Should always be available
There are hundreds of albums in circulation that don't touch this. The word supergroup is so overused but Air Force more than lives up to that especially if you like percussion. Read more
Published 17 months ago by James H. Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars cool heavy jammin & some african rhythmns to boot
the sound is a little bit muddled but since i love listening to both 'audience' and 'soundboard' recordings on occasion, the 'live' sound and its sonic limitations don't bother me... Read more
Published 18 months ago by robb sososikwitit
4.0 out of 5 stars Great parformances. You might put up with the sound if...........
I bought this without realizing it was this edition with poor sound. As I listened to it I was wary of the claim that it was ripped from vinyl. Read more
Published 19 months ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars get the real deal
great music i havent heard the reissue everyone saying sounds so bad i bought a original lp used try to find one online the sound is not great but i would assume better than this... Read more
Published 23 months ago by ROCCO A. BOVENZI
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Ginger Baker was the drummer for Cream many years ago. When they broke up, he started his own band and this was their biggest album. Read more
Published on June 22, 2012 by Sales Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars HA! 5 stars for talent
I expected this album to be great just by the line up of musicians. They truly didn't disappoint. Ginger Baker of course was phenomenal as well as Stevie Winwood's belting voice,... Read more
Published on August 4, 2009 by M. Bonsignore
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