Ginger Baker Live in Munich Germany 1972 (2-CD)

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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: June 7, 2011
  • Label: Trademark of Quality

Description by OLDIES.com:

2010 two-CD live archive release from the British drumming legend. This recording dates from a concert performance in Munich in 1972 and was the first musical outing in Europe for Ginger alongside Salt. The show was billed as Ginger Baker and Salt "Africa Now" Invites Drum Battle and was filmed for German television shortly after.

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.[Untitled Track]
  • 2.[Untitled Track]
  • 3.[Untitled Track]
  • 4.[Untitled Track]
  • 5.[Untitled Track]
  • 6.[Untitled Track]
  • 7.[Untitled Track]

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.[Untitled Track]
  • 2.[Untitled Track]
  • 3.[Untitled Track]

Product Description:

Personnel: Ginger Baker (drums); Nicky Skopelitis, Sonny Sharrock (guitar); Peter Br”tzmann (clarinet, saxophone).
Recording information: Munich, Germany (03/25/1987); Theaterfabrik in Unterf”hring, Munich, Germany (03/25/1987); Munich, Germany (1972); Theaterfabrik in Unterf”hring, Munich, Germany (1972).
No Material consisted of Ginger Baker (drums), Nicky Skopelitis and Sonny Sharrock (guitars), Peter Br”tzmann (sax), and Jan Kazda (bass). The band existed for less than a week in 1987. In the liner notes for the 1989 release of Ginger Baker's No Material album, Steve Lake closes by saying "I'm glad that No Material came together to nail down their non-repertoire in March 1987 and glad that their efforts are now preserved for posterity to puzzle over. May the archivists now go and look for the Munich gig." Well, 20-plus years later, here is the Munich gig: the first show ever performed by this semi-legendary band. As expected, the performance is absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately, the recording is not. The biggest issue is the sound. While it's generally clear, the sound is thin and the high end (especially any cymbal work) sounds terrible. It sounds as if the CD was mastered from a compressed MP3 file. Then there's the way it's programmed. The brief interview excerpts follow the first two tracks, totally derailing the momentum of the show. The Sharrock bit is nice, if a bit out of place, but the Skopelitis excerpt adds absolutely nothing. Time must have been a factor because "Piece 3" fades out and back in somewhat clumsily. "Piece 5" is basically solo Sharrock, riffing on his own "Blind Willie" before fading out just shy of the two-minute mark. It's a confusing way to end the album since there was clearly more music. Fans will want to hear this for sure, but they're likely to be somewhat disappointed. ~ Sean Westergaard

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