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5 Feb 2017

Ginger Baker “Stratavarious” 1972 (With Fela Kuti Afro Beat) Rock Afrobeat Jazz Rock

Ginger Baker “Stratavarious” 1972 (With Fela Kuti Afro Beat) Rock Afrobeat Jazz Rock 
Baker's post-Ginger Baker's Air Force, pre-Baker Gurvitz Army disc is split between an African-influenced side, and a more conventional side of rock numbers. "Ariwo" sounds too much like "Aiko Biaye" from the first Airforce set, but "Tiwa", propelled by Fela Anikulapo Kuti's keyboards, is a highlight. "Something Nice", and "Juju" continue the groove before another eight-minute drum duet, and the dense, barely decipherable "Coda" kill the flow, and bring the album to an uninteresting conclusion. ..............

Stratavarious is an album by GINGER BAKER,[2] the drummer from CREAM, released by POLYDOR in 1972. Baker had many associations with an ECLECTIC mix of musicians brought together under numerous band titles bearing his surname. Stratavarious is the only album which was released under the name of Ginger Baker without other associated names. The lineup on Stratavarious includes BOBBY TENCH, vocalist and guitarist from THE JEFF BECK GROUP,who plays guitar under the PSEUDONYM Bobby Gass  and the Nigerian PIONEER of AFROBEAT, FELA RANSOME-KUTI who appeared at concerts with Baker at this time.

The album was re-issued in 1998 on POLYGRAM in the UK, ATCO in USA, and RSO in Japan,[6] under the title of Do What You Like, along with tracks from GINGER BAKER’S AIR FORCE and LIVE! (FELA KUTI ALBUM).

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