A new forthcoming documentary about drummer Ginger Baker, entitled Beware of Mr. Baker, is on the cinematic horizon, and it shows the former Cream and Blind Faith drummer at all his peak highs and valley lows.
You can watch the trailer below, in which percussive luminaries like Rush’s Neil Peart and The Police’s Stewart Copeland wax poetic about Baker, citing him as pretty much the archetype of modern rock and roll drumming.
Baker remains one of the bright lights of the late 1960s wave of British rock and roll. Like contemporaries of the time Keith Moon (The Who) and Mitch Mitchell (The Jimi Hendrix Experience), Ginger Baker attacked his drum set with a rhythmic fervor, utilizing a double bass expansive drum set which he played like a lead instrument, making full use of his mounted and floor toms, and adding a thunderous back beat to whatever lineup he was playing with, Cream especially, which brought him and fellow band members – Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton – dizzying success.
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Goodbye, the final original release by the Brtish hard rocking trio Cream, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5.00.
Cream epitomized the term “supergroup” as their thunderous sounds via the lead guitar of Eric Clapton, and the bottom end scud attack of Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker (on bass/vocals and drums respectively) continue to thrill and inspire classic rock heads to this very day. By 1968, Cream was one of the biggest bands on both continents, with their nicely blended sonic mix of electric blues, rock and roll, and psychedelia. By 1969, the release of Goodbye became their swan song as a group. Even though the band found much success, internal tensions had a hard time keeping the three men together, let alone cordial. Goodbye is a mix of live and studio tracks, some well known: “Badge,” “Politician,” and “Sitting on Top of the World” and equally strong yet less remembered tracks like “Doing The Scrapyard Thing” and “What A Bringdown” round out the collection nicely. A fitting end to another one of Britain’s A-list rock and roll groups from the class of the late 1960s.
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Blind Faith, the self-titled only official release by the classic rock supergroup Blind Faith, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5. (The CD is available for $7.96).
Released in 1969, this one-off supergroup release, consisting of ex-Cream bandmates Ginger Baker and one Eric Clapton and British blue-eyed soul singer/piano player Steve Winwood, who had been in The Spencer Davis Group prior to this collaboration, created a memorable six-song record which musically endures to this very day. Great crossroads musically for the members of the group, who went on to other projects of varying success, Clapton with his own smashing solo career and Winwood, who formed the Blind Faith style-Traffic. This album is a largely successful venture, nice bright and punchy arrangements throughout, breezy rock and roll in a sense, backbeated by the rebellious attack of Baker. “Can’t Find My Way Home,” “Well All Right,” the wonderful “Sea of Joy,” the spiritually uplifting “Presence of the Lord,” and “Do What You Like” in which Baker has a field day, his tour-de-force in way; fresh off of the split from Cream, he’s still in his element a thousand fold. So are the rest of the group. Great album by a band which can only spark the question “What Could Have Been?” if Blind Faith had stayed together, instead of disbanding after its release.
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British blues/progressive rock guitarist extraordinare Robin Trower is having his Chrysalis Records cachet of recordings being collected in one tidy 3-CD box set entitled Farther On Up the Road, which is being released tomorrow, March 13, 2012, but you listen to more than half of the 58 tracks contained on this set (28 of them) for FREE right now over at AOL Music, which is streaming the album.
Farther Up the Road takes six of Tower’s releases from 1977-1983, which is comprised of his Robin Trower Band work — City Dreams (1977); Caravan to Midnight (1978); Victims of the Fury (1979), and Back it Up (1983) — as well as two records he recorded with Cream’s bassist and sometime lead singer Jack Bruce — 1981’s B.L.T and Truce, also recorded the same year.