Like his Cream partner Jack Bruce the hottempered drumlegend Ginger Baker carried the torch of progressive, inventive, visonary music. Making honest, mindblowing musical statements for a rapidly diminishing audience.
In the mid-70s he teamed up with the Gurvitz brothers, known from their hit-single "Race With The Devil" under the name Gun. producing three fine studioalbums, but being first and foremost an impressive and exciting liveband. Relying heavily on improvisation and a loose and yet intense atmosphere. And as the pictures show in the fine book-let being heavily doped and drugged.
Here we get a healthy dose of songs from the "Elysian Encounters" album, in completely different, lot more vital arrangements. A couple of rearranged Cream-classics and a stab at Jimi Hendrix' "Freedom".
The soundquality is outstanding, really giving us a chance to hear what a fine bassplayer Paul Gurvitz was (is?). Ginger looks unhealthy to say the least but propels things with usual class. Livemusic at its best.
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I can't believe this recording has appeared almost out of nowhere. I had no idea it was being recorded when I went to my first ever gig as a 14 year old at the old Derby Kings Hall in the winter of 1975. I remember thinking the support band was BGA and was surprised when 'another band' appeared! It was a great gig and this recording does it real justice (not that I remember it that well after nearly 40 years). I recommend it to anybody who was around in Derby in the mid 70's and went to those great Kings Hall gigs.