This album features largely the same music as 'Palanquin's Pole', which was a 1987 concert recording of Ginger Baker with an ensemble of African percussion players. For the 'African Force' album, significant studio-overdubbing was incorporated. Additional horns/reeds, keyboard and guitar/bass, plus additional drumming, make for a completely different listening experience to the original percussion-only live tapes.
The music is first rate; terrific arrangements and solos from the blowers (trombonist Ludwig Gotz, plus saxophonists Das Pferd and Wolfgang Schmidtke). Jan Kazda provides keyboards, guitar and some very stimulating fretless basslines. The production is a little dated but not to any damaging degree.
The album is only 35 minutes long but the hypnotic nature of the music causes one's perception of time to waver!
Both 'African Force' and 'Palanquin's Pole' complement each other nicely. I recommend the pair.
1. 'Brain Damage' - 2. 'Sokoto' - 3. 'Ansoumania' - 4. 'Adoa' - 5. 'African Force'