Album Remarks & Appraisals:
After Ginger Baker wrote music history with Cream and Eric Clapton broke up the successor band Blind Faith after only one LP and a U.S. stadium tour, Baker had the financial backing to set off on his first solo project. 'Ginger Baker's Air Force' began in 1970. It was Ginger's idea to mix the music of his African roots with popular Western music. It was to become the first 'World Music' band in music history, long before this music category even existed. The last tour began on January 29, 1971 in Leeds and the next day Air Force played in the 'Lyceum' in London, where the long awaited meeting between the two great drummers Elvin Jones & Ginger Baker took place. After Air Force had played for a half hour, Elvin came on stage and played 'Aiko Biaye' with Baker. 'Do What You Like' followed, during which Ginger and Elvin delivered a drum battle of the highest quality. On February 20, 1971, Air Force gave its last concert in England. Ginger Baker's Air Force had become music history after just 14 months.
Personnel: Ginger Baker (drums); Ken Craddock (vocals, guitar, organ); Graham Bond (vocals, alto saxophone, organ); Diane Stewart, Aliki Ashman (vocals); Steve Gregory (flute, tenor saxophone); Bud Beadle (baritone saxophone); Speedy Acquaye (congas).
Liner Note Author: Peter Brkusic.
Recording information: Lyceum, London (UK) (02/01/1971); Studio Outtakes (02/01/1971); The City Hall, Sheffield (UK) (02/01/1971); Lyceum, London (UK) (10/1970); Studio Outtakes (10/1970); The City Hall, Sheffield (UK) (10/1970); Lyceum, London (UK) (12/07/1970); Studio Outtakes (12/07/1970); The City Hall, Sheffield (UK) (12/07/1970).
Translator: Miriamne Fields.