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Ginger Baker's Airforce [Import]

Ginger Baker Audio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Audio CD (25 Oct 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000008D4V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 797,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful London show full of passion! 18 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
This is a truly great show with Traffic members Chris Wood and Stevie Winwood together wih Graham Bond, Rick Grech on bass and fiddle and Phil Seamen on drums.
The spontaneous, live nature of this album is a good reason to listen to it.
The recording quality is not quite up to today's standards, but if, as is elsewhere suggested, the original tapes are lost, the slight distortion of the treble notes at the beginning does indeed suggest that this is recorded from vinyl - 5 minutes into the show however the sound improves.
As with eveything Ginger Baker has created, there is drive, pace and passion with great dramatic moments - a must for anyone interested in jazz rock improvisation!
Great accompaniments to this album would be Ginger Baker's autobiography "Hellraiser" and the DVD "Ginger in Afrika".
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ginger Baker butchered 29 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
Two words to describe this release - caveat emptor. I had great hopes for this release, but this is what I found:
1. Its a vinyl rip from so-so vinyl.
2. It's recorded so loudly that it distorts often and obviously.
3. The cover pictures are joined together back to front.
If Lemon were going to rip an album, then why not find a copy of the original CD and Do What You Like, and combine the two to get the complete concert with all announcements and in much better sound.
On the positive side, the cover pictures are well reproduced, even if they are joined together incorrectly.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album - nice to see it available on CD 25 May 2007
By Mark Shackelford TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful treat! The utterly loony Air Force - which should have been a disaster, but actually works brilliantly. Ginger Baker and a series of well-known "chums" grooving together on one of the seminal Live albums of the late '60s, early '70s.

As far as I can tell the sound is excellent (given that it was recorded in the middle of the last century in a Live environment), and the album cover (on my version, at least) is the right way round!

Just wonderful ensemble playing - telepathic in the same way as the similar(-ish) "Colosseum Live", as the musicians seem to feed off each other, creating thrilling cascades of sound.

I haven't heard this since it was first released on LP - but it actually sounds better (but then my old Stereo Record Playing Gramaphone device left a lot to be desired...).

Ah... the Good Old Days... pass us that bottle will ya'?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What am i missing - it's not that bad 7 Sep 2009
By Andy P
Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD and then read the reviews before playing. I've got a decent hi-fi Musical Fidelity CD player and the wonderful Musical Fidelity A1000 pre-power amp with Heybrook sextet speakers. Still with me?
You know, through the aforementioned system, this CD doesn't sound too bad - just what you'd expect from the cavenous Royal Albert Hall with a cast of thousands on stage and 70's recording standards.
OK it's not a great recording but I'm very dubious about the claims that the source is from a vinyl record. I've seen similar claims about Lemon CD's (John Miles and Vinegar Joe) and been put off but I didn't hear any rumble, or notice any snap,crackle and pop on this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early In The Morning 10 July 2014
Format:Audio CD
Must admit I was slightly put off buying this by various reviewers negativity concerning the sound quality but I have to say that it isn't as bad as I was expecting.Yes some small parts of this live recording do sound rather distorted but having heard it a few times, it really hasn't got me to the stage where I found it in anyway unlistenable.The featuring Airforce band including Steve Winwood,Denny Laine and the late great Graham Bond make the whole thing actually work quite well,in fact I really enjoyed hearing this ambitious project in which Baker is on top form and takes on the role as an old school band leader.Definitely worth a listen for anyone who remembers or has an interest in the fine very 70's rock music era.Hard not to walk around with the riffs of Da Da Man and Aiko Biaye going around in your head.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ginger Bakers Airforce 10 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
Was fortunate to see Airforce at the Royal Albert Hall and the midnight concert at the Lyceum in London,
Reminiscing through the RAH programme of 1970 that I still have and the double LP
Getting the CD is a must for memories and yes it is worth the money just to hear again the ultimate band...
Ginger Baker/Steve Winwood/Ric Grech/Denny Laine/Jeanette Jacobs/Eleanor Barooshian/Phil Seaman/Alan White/Chris Wood plus Graham Bond and Harold McNair and the brilliant Remi Kabaka
Shame that these concerts were not filmed just for Boulder to Birmingham sung by Denny Laine - best version ever
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