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It's hard to go wrong with Fela Kuti's work from the 1970s, and LIVE!, which features the Afrobeat innovator backed by his powerhouse band Africa '70 and ex-Cream drummer Ginger Baker, is no exception. Like all of Fela's recordings from the era, LIVE! consists of just a few tracks, each of which approximates or exceeds the ten minute mark. Yet the arrangements are so dynamic on these tracks, the criss-crossing polyrhythms so absorbing, and Fela's incantatory vocals so entrancing that the long running times never seem a factor. Every cut crackles from beginning to end with its mixture of funk, jazz, and traditional Nigerian music, underscoring once again Fela's revolutionary, indelible contribution to world music.
|1. Let's Start|
|2. Black Man's Cry|
|3. Ye Ye De Smel|
|4. Carry Me I Want To Die (Egbe Mi O)|
|5. Ginger Baker And Tony Allen (Drum Solo)|
This album is exactly what I expected from a Fela Kuti album--Ginger Baker is stupendous and Fela and his band are visceral, just the way I like it! Read morePublished 5 months ago by martin a. stole
This is an amazing show. So glad they recorded it as well as they did. It has an very good mix and this cd seems well mastered, although I don't have the vinyl to compare the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ben S.
This is an album by the African performer/activist Fela Ransome-Kuti and features Ginger Baker, the famous drummer best known for his work with 60's supergroup Cream. Read morePublished 9 months ago by C.G. the Music Machine
Smooth melding of the music of two super talents; Fela is magnetic as usual and Ginger Baker does his thing without stepping on Fela; excellent backing band too.Published 18 months ago by S. H. Reynolds