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Live!

Fela Kuti

1971

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Live!

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I give this 28 stars--one for each of his wives.

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This is why I’m doing this project to hear albums like this that I would never otherwise be exposed. This is awesome from the start.

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Day 11 of Albums You Must Hear before you die. This serving is another live album, this one by Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa ‘70. It features the former drummer of the British rock band Cream, Ginger Baker. I’ve never heard of Fela Ransome-Kuti, nor do I know anything about Afro Beat music or the culture it rose from. Going in blind on that front! Cream, however, is one of the best bands of the 60’s hard rock era in my opinion. Their songs I’ve known all my life. One of my favorite Rock Gods is Eric Clapton. If I don’t make my personal observation of this album as short and sweet as possible, I won’t be doing either Fela Kuti, nor Ginger Baker their due respect. I’ll tell you this, I was a day late even writing this, because I fell in love with the music so much, that I fell into a research rabbit hole. I dug so deep into the super unlikely collaboration of these two, ummm, shall I say super gifted and influential but a little bit, no joke, bat shit craz... eccentric guys, that I’d have to write and research for years and probably go nuts, too. It’s that wild. That’s all I’ll say. This was a great listen and you must hear it before you die. The percussion alone will get your foot in the door on this album. Everything else is.. good. It’s so good. ✌️

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I liked it a lot

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5

Amazing world music. My first listen, but not my partner's.

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Best thing i have ever have heard. Transcendental

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UFFA! QUÉ CHULADA.

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I love anything Fela Kuti did. This album is awesome.

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Fantastic drumming and percussion, with some horns thrown in for texture. This is the best non-Kanye album on the list so far.

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This album feels like a big jam session and I love it. I love the use of horns and percussion and Ginger Baker on the drums is a great time. Now if only I could understand what he's singing about... Favorite Track(s): "Black Man's Cry" and "Ye Ye De Smell"

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Pura energía y talento. Cada pista es un trance distinto. Fela Kuti siempre ha sonado bien y así sonará por los siglos de los siglos, amén (ese solo final de percusiones, uff). 10/10

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Pues muy bien, variado, rítmico, ecléctico, hipnótico. Sin skips y eso que son canciones re largas y monotonas en ratotes. Fav: el solo de percusiones del final. Mood: johny la gente está muy loca

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I LOVE this music, it's so catchy and refreshingly different than what I normally listen to, makes me want to dance

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Given Ginger Baker was involved, this must have been widely available in 1971. I can't understand someone  hearing it and not searching for more musicians from Nigeria. I ended up finding  Miriam Makeba  before finding Fela. In both cases it was mixed feelings. So glad to have made the discovery but unhappy I hadn't found them a decade or two sooner. What a fabulous LP.

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Really enjoyed listening while I was working. Reminded me of ‘Whiplash’!

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Groovy!!!

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Amazing! Love the Afro vibes in everything, specially the vocals. The whole band sounds in the same vibe! I quite enjoy the Funky/Jazzy/Fusion elements and this is a live gig which makes the album much better for the real feel of the genre and the musicians involved. Everything sounds like it should for me. 5 Stars.

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Absolutely love it!

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Effin awesome energy & groove

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Love this album!!!!!!

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Amazing album

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Dude this album fucks. what a cool sound. read up on the artist bio a little, Fela Kuti was a neat man. Wish he hadn't died so soon. Wiki says the genre is afrobeat, really digging it. The Black Man's Cry-man, what a song. the growl in that cry. damn. Ye Ye De Smell-The druuuumms. Whew. Egbe Mio-honestly super funky. i dig. That was real cool man. I knew nothing about afrobeat until today but i enjoyed it. for a live album it was pretty sweet.

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Totally bitchin from start to finish. Another rare instance where I wanted this album to be twice as long. Working Freeform radio in college, Fela was a name I had heard a bunch, but I don't think I ever sat down and listened to an album before.

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Gimme this all day. Added to the Drinking and game playing rotation. Good candidate for vinyl purchase

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Got my blood pumping

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I've got nothing clever or profound to say. Transcendent music.

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Well God damn, this was just a bunch of supremely talented musicians going the fuck off for the better part of an hour. The drum solo bonus track is a bit much (as I'm finding bonus tracks to be so far), but the rest just washed over me almost instantaneously. Kuti is an awesome frontman and Paul Simon should've taken some vacation tips from Ginger Baker. Key Tracks: Black Man's Cry, Ye Ye De Smell

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I'm a jazz nerd and a drummer this album was unfair to the competition godlike

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Thoroughly enjoyable.

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A full hour of very good listening. Started how it meant to continue. Initially I was gonna go 4 but I think it's a soft 5

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Really impressive album. A good dose of funk, rock, Afrobeat, and soul. The live feel is incredible. Most tracks are too long for quick, casual listening, but otherwise this is a great project.

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Não, isto não é só um álbum. "Live!" trata-se um evento histórico de proporções quase inconcebíveis de tão grandes. Sendo um dos primeiros álbuns realizados em parceria por um artista do Ocidente e um do Oriente, o que ocorre aqui é algo muito próximo de uma retratação histórica. O colonizador, representado por Baker, rende-se à beleza da manifestação cultural do colonizado, representado pelo mestre Fela Kuti e decide unir-se ao mesmo sem tentar mudar arte dele de forma alguma, pelo contrário, e sim tentar adequar a sua arte a ela, num balanço perfeito e único. Deu pra ter uma noção do calibre disso tudo ? As faixas não poderiam ser mais surpreendentes, hipnotizantes e emocionantes. Kuti escreve e canta murmúrios em sua língua nativa com uma maravilhosa voz, impondo emoção e tocando o coração não só da platéia (que canta junto na última música do álbum, num dos momentos que mais me emocionaram de tudo que já escutei) mas também do ouvinte, toca seu saxofone e o teclado com uma imponência e uma malemolência (sim, usei essa palavra) que se estende a todo o Africa'70, o que torna os arranjos épicos e dinâmicos. Ginger, por sua vez, encarna o Afrobeat na bateria, inerentemente, com um pouco de seu toque rockeiro, todavia, como mencionei, sempre prejudicar, agregando à experiência e servindo como um excelente Fusion - e as piadinhas que o Kuti faz sobre ele em alguns trechos são de fazer qualquer cidadão de um país que não seja desenvolvido ficar satisfeito e rir junto do público do show e dos instrumentais, incluindo o baterista. Por fim, eis aqui mais um LP que vai pro meu seleto panteão pessoal de "discos perfeitos". Essencial e inesquecível, fez até mesmo, junto do perfeito "Zombie", de autoria também do Fela, o Afrobeat tornar-se, de uma vez, um dos meus gêneros musicais favoritos, pois tem tudo que amo no Jazz e o que não tem lá contudo me agradaria se tivesse. Obrigatório !

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Flamboyant and beautifully produced. Joyous.

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One of the greatest live albums ever

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I’ve heard the name but have never listened to Fela Kuti before today. Great performance! Getting deeper into Afro Beat now.

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Stunning AfroBeat album. A truly incredible band joined by a masterful Ginger Baker. Fela Kuti is an iconic figure who inspired a generation and stood for resistance to power through MUSIC. What a force. This sound could start a Revolution and we get to listen. We’ve been blessed.

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boom - like it!

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Brilliant! 6 stars.

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10/5

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Love Fela.

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Rhythm section so solid

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I hadn't really listened to much Fela, but when I heard "Let's start" it kind of blew my mind. The way it opens, the slowdown, the return to the original groove, amazing. The rest of the album doesn't hit those heights but is still awe-inspiring.

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djöfull langar mig á einhverja svona insane live tónleika þetta er epic, groovy as shit tónlist

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The definition of what a live album should sound like. An absolute surprising burst of euphoria. This album is why I signed up for this project some 267 days ago. Sure, I've enjoyed revisiting the classic albums I was already familiar with. But the biggest reason lies in the potential discovery of gems I'd never even heard of previously. Like this one.

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Awesome. Love fela kuti.

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Felt is God

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This album took over my body from start to finish. INSANE grooves and musicianship + the brass are perfect. Furthermore, I think this is the best performance I've ever heard of Ginger Baker, who is amongst my best drummers. It instantly became one of my favorite live recording. I will need to buy this live on vinyl.

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Hot, hot, hot afrobeat featuring one of rock's all-time great drummers. The chemistry among all these musicians is unreal, and the product bleeds cool. I would put this among the best live albums I've ever heard.

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Super groovy! Loved it.

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Awesome album!

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An excellent performance by Fela, and getting this early taste is very illuminating in how he reached stardom in the way he did.

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Bopping from start to finish. The legend Fela with two legendary drummers on board? Can't get better than that!

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What an intro! Great subsequent tracks. Would have loved to watch the concert live

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Hah hah, awesome! I'm expecting a bunch of commenters losing their damn minds at the 16 minute long drum solo... I could listen to afrobeat all day, and this is a great example of the genre. Fave track - "Black Man's Cry" - funky as hell!

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Fela Kuti clocking in another smooth funk masterpiece. Ginger Baker absolutely kills it on the drums.

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This was great! Way outside the stuff I normally listen to, and I listened to it twice back to back. Killer.

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pesado

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Great!!

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Fela is a god. This album is killer. Another I'll need to pick up on vinyl.

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I’m all for the world music we’ve been getting. Ginger baker might be the best drummer of all time

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Sweet jams. Best track: Let's Start

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Hot as hell, Ginger Baker may surpass Keith Moon as my favorite drummer. 3.5/4

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Great live jazz album, high energy.

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Great live album. Drums are phenomenal never a dull moment.

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Heady jamz!

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Great! Way better than I thought

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That was fun!

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Cool beats and long jams, good background music!

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Me latió un buen.

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Not as classic as the mid- 70s run of Fela Kuti albums, but tasty nonetheless.

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There were parts of this album I liked quite a lot and other parts that I found kind of loud and annoying.

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No es ninguna obra maestra pero vale mucho la pena. 3.9

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This thing freaking grooves, though I’m not sure I need an entire 15 minutes of drumming solos, I’d be happy with a cool 12.5

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Great ball of sound. I wish id had been in such amazong show!

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Swinging!

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Loved it. I knew Ginger Baker from Cream and his documentary but never listened to Fela Kuti before.

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Hurjaa tykitystä! Ihan kuin olisi yhtäkkiä hypännyt keskelle Nairobin yöelämää! Lopun pitkät rumpusoolot vähän laskee kokonaisarvosanaa.

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Awesome Afrobeat album!

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Like Raggae, enjoyed it

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i never knew this existed. really cool

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Great pick! We love Ginger Baker!

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Very Energetic

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helt bra, tillägd till gillade låtar

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Great great great, keeping on spotify.

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Really unique, funky, souly. Genre called Afrobeat. Proper feel good, real good energy, could listen to it all day. Gotta be a 4 just cos it's out there and it's mint 🤙

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Just a good album to jam to. They throw down some good grooves and the solos are great. Fav song Let's Start

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Música intensa y poderosa

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4 stars, great show

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Finde ich ganz nice, macht echt Spaß Aber die Lieder sind sehr lang und variieren sehr stark während des Liedes, manchmal würde ich gerne nur Teile des Liedes hören

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Very good. Thicc grooves.

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Groovin’ as fuck!

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I did not know how much I needed this music. Great jazz

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I had heard the name before, but never really listened (like really listened) and I dig this shit. 70's funk/jazz meets afro beats makes for a damn good time. I'll definitely be seeking out more of this in the future.

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Very fun 3.5?

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This would have been so insanely fun to see performed live. As always, Ginger Baker on the drums does not disappoint.

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Good shit. Unique. Excellent instrumentalists. Great jams.

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Great blend of reggae, funk, world music! Very engaging and fun.

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I like the combination of horns and what doesn’t sound like a typical drum kit. I guess it would be considered jazz. I’m not really sure but I like it. Mostly instrumental is where it’s at.

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Pretty good live performance with a jamming feel. Enjoyed most of the album. Its in the Good to Excellent range.

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Incredible musical ability on display, especially for fans of Ginger Baker.

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Fantastic little slice of afro jazz and even features a nice drum solo from Ginger Baker!

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Always enjoy Fela Kuti

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No idea what this is but it bangs.

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Each of the four tunes hangs around a bit too long without enough changes. It probably works better if experienced as the live jam session in a club that it is. Or as background music, but not as focused listening experience on an early morning.

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Ritmische muziek. Moeite om hier stil op te blijven zitten. Er was altijd wel een hand of voet die aan het mee bewegen was

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I really enjoyed this. Not annoying despite being a live album. Admittedly, the drum solo does go on too long, although I imagine I would have enjoyed it had I been there live!

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Amazing album, so much energy! I would however turn it off before the last track, because the drum solo goes on forever.

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Good funk afrobeat, but ignore the additional long drum solo tracks from track 5 (original album is 4 tracks)

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Wie das grooved, und dann noch mit dem endlosen Tony-Allen-Solo hinten dran. Beim Autofahren gehört: bester Stuff!

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8/10 Belo disco, presença de palco incrível, som limpo.

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This must have been SO much fun to see live!

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AFROBEAT 100%

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Great listen, did some gardening to this music. I'm not the largest fan of the spoken word sections included at the start of many of the tracks, but the musical sections are a fantastic addition to any social event.

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Just a really well done example of a pretty cool style of music. Lots of energy. Would have been fun to see this in person. Really enjoyed this album.

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This was great. A lot of fun. But it all starts blending together after a while ya know? No standouts.

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Super bon jazz entrainant !

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My second Fela Kuti album, with more awesome afrobeat. The funk is infectious, the grooves are killer, and Ginger Baker kills it on the drums. Baker is like half the reason that this rocks so hard, and Kuti is the other half. You really can't go wrong with the insanely great music here.

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Algjör veisla.

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Very fun, would listen to again. 8/10

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7/10. Pretty good. Maybe worth an 8?

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7/10

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I had no expectations going into this except that I'm usually not a live album guy. What great music! Groovy, energetic, and backed by fantastic drumming by Ginger Baker.

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Not sure Tony Allen needed anyone to drum along, but still a joyous experience.

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doot doot, like the jazz

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I really enjoyed this one. Upbeat and groovin

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Ginger Baker is a monster of a drummer and he really gets to flex both his fills and his pocket presence on this record. Admittedly, this record didn't have my full attention, but it's got just enough jazzy funk to draw me back in quite frequently. Favorite track: "Black Man's Cry"

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uyu

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Stunningly good album. I mean geez, what can you even say about Fela and Ginger Baker? Two Olympian talents here, backed by the most incredible musicians. The sound is jazzy, groovy and funky. They make it seem so effortless. Fave Songs: Black Man's Cry, Ye Ye De Smell, Let's Start

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I've not listened to enough Fela Kuti or Afro Beat. I've heard 100s of bands who are influenced by him and sampled him. I first heard of him through the Beastie Boys Grand Royal magazine when they did a piece on his life and work. I loved the energy and the grooves on this album and the Ginger Baker/Tony Allen drum off is such a bonus.

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4

Incredible album. Holy shit, this was mind-blowing. The precision The passion. The endurance. I'm going to go listen to his whole catalogue.

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Fun actually

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Afrobeat

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Amazing drumming on Ye Ye Smell!

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Really an amazing live performance and recording. Loved the crowd interactions and involvement.

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Funky as hell!

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Very enjoyable listen with the extravagant brass and percussion playing here. Not normally a fan of drum solos but the Ginger Baker and Tony Allen one was fantastic. Fela Kuti has a great voice, only lost interest near the end of two of the songs. This would be much better if experienced in real life, could imagine having a ball to this.

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4

Fela rules. Interesting collab, would be curious to see the movie about Ginger Baker doing this.

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This is one of those live albums where you forget it's live until there's talking between songs, and you're like "oh, right!". That's one of the indicators of a great live recording, for me. I was surprised to get another Fela Kuti album after just listening last week, but I'm not mad about it. This was a good listen. Maybe not one I'll play over and over, but it would be good to vibe to while cleaning/cooking.

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The intro "Let's Start" has a really cool riff playing call-and-response with the horns, along with enjoyable solos and Fela Kuti interjects energy with his eccentric vocals. I really like Ginger Baker's eclectic drums and the organ solo on "Black Man's Cry". The shuffling poly-rhythm on "Ye Ye De Smell" gives the track a unique energy. "Egbe Mi O" carries a more subdued vibe than the other tracks, with the same Afrobeat qualities creating a captivating listen. I'm especially fond of the crowd-vocal-led outro. This album is a great listen, and I'm grateful for it being my introduction to the legend Fela Kuti.

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Very good

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Combinación muy agradable. Muy buenas percusiones.

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This is cool. Political black music that is unapologetic. I've heard of Fela Kuti but this was my first listen. I doubt I'd go back for more, but it was great to hear the artistry.

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Great vibes

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Not a huge fan of live albums in general, but this one feels special.

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Ritmos africanos. Está bien.

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Funky. Jazzy. Seems like there’s a lot of this Kuti fella on here but this is a good one, someone should probably sample those drums.

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I like Fela Kuti--the songs kind of all sound the same, but they're pretty fun, good vibes, so pretty happy to have this going in the background. And Egbe Mi O rocks. I'm writing less today because I wrote a whole bunch for yesterday's album and it didn't seem to save, so I'm mad

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Not my usual tastes, but I actually liked it a lot

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A little slow for my taste

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African jazz album, played live. I like the song intros from Fela ahead of the songs, simple introducing the title and briefly the meaning. Ginger Baker joins for the B-side, after touring Africa to learn about African drumming styles with Fela prior to this recording. Fun album, the songs are lengthy and overall it feels like a long jam session.

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4

first listen such a vibe, love hearing the various African influences on jazz culture and i wish i was alive in the 70s

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Languid compositions replete with Fela's urgency. I think I would have liked more, but am not sure if an album could handle more songs or if said songs would survive compression.

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This album was full of energy. The arrangement was great and the fusion of African and western music was seamless and done in such a way that highlights the African influence in western popular music. Ginger Baker was a great addition to this as well.

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Fela Kuti and Ginger Baker were both on the cusp of something when they paired up for this seismic album back in 1971. One of the many shining gems in a discography full of them, Fela and his Africa 70 showcases the euphoric yet political pull of Afrobeat with Ginger more than holding his own. If only we knew then what would come next.... Favorites: Let's Start, Black Man's Cry, Ye Ye De Smell.

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Excellent, will definitely be listening again.

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love this type of music

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Liked this one. Songs were really long but it worked well as background music while I was working. Would listen again and to more by Fela Kuti! 4/5

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I am enjoying the music so far. Normally I don't like live recordings but the quality is superb. It's refreshing listening to music that I wouldn't normally be exposed to.

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Good to great. The 16-minute drum solo track at the end is unnecessary, but the rest is some very good afro jazz funk. I liked tracks 1 & 3 the best. Maybe a little too directionless compared to his studio offerings.

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Interesting to say the least

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Goes on a bit

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Pretty cool, need to listen to more Fela

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Always down for some Fela Kuti. Discovered that Ginger Baker's passing in 2019 snuck past me.

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nice afro beat

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Right now, I'm listening to 'Fela With Ginger Baker Live!' by Fela Kuti released in 2009. It seems like this was made in the 70s from the way the music sounds and the cover of the album. Yes, the album on Spotify is listed as coming out in1971 - must have been re-released. It's an interesting album, and it's a big and loud and brash album for sure. It's listed as international, and one of the early album and artists to bring Afro-beat to the world. It's a breath of fresh air, it certainly doesn't sound like music I would typically listen to. I do enjoy world, and specifically African music - so this is a really nice treat. I will have to start digging into Fela Kuti's later albums in the 1970s - that brought this music to the forefront.

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These are some fun tunes

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This was wild.

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Good jazz, dance, rhythm and brass section. Almost avoided because Ginger Baker is a douche, but glad I gave a listen. Will look into more Fela.

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Take's me back to the dance nights at Danny's when everything would shift from funky bits to world music and I'd get bored.

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A little jammy for my taste but another album I was able to put on and kind of just nod along to while TCB. I could see me listening to this on car rides. 3.5

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Jazz afro

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This must have been an absolutely electrifying live concert. So much energy!

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Having Tony Allen and Ginger Baker on the same stage is a big deal. The songs are quite punchy and I like the sax and piano solos. What’s missing for me is that two of my favourite Fela things - the call and response vocals with his female background singers, and the pidgin English vocals about corrupt government and military officials - are absent.

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Pues con muuucho ritmo. Otro disco para volver revisitar.

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Indulgent, especially the drum solo, but worth a listen

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It was fun but to be honest i'd got a bit bored my the midpoint of the album

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The 5th (out of 5 songs) is unavailable on Spotify (mac version). I mean, it's okay. Jamming!

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La primera mitad es apabullante, pero en la segunda me cansó bastante. Ya es más de lo que esperaba, conociéndome.

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Kovaa jamittelua ja eksoottista tunnelmaa. Livelevyt ei mun mielestä kuitenkaan yleensä oikein toimi. Tässäkin ollut varmasti kova meno paikan päällä ja osa siitä välittyy myös levyllä.

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Ik was hier benieuwd naar want ik houd van toeters en trommels. Maar het viel me een beetje tegen; ik kon z'n gezang niet zo goed hebben.

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TOETERS!!!!

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Hyvää menoa! Ihan muutaman kerran kuunnellut aiemmin, mää tykkäään. Lopun rumpusoolo vähän liikaa. 3.5/5

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Lots of groove to... groove to!

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Fun listen. Not a style I’m likely to put on again any time soon, but still a good time.

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First off, emphasizing Ginger Baker in the credits here is a pure PR move. This is Fela Ransome-Kuti's record all the way. On this live recording, Fela and his band are in great form, debuting Fela's fusion of James Brown style funk and traditional Nigerian highlife. This fusion is probably why Western critics fetishize Fela and his drummer Tony Allen because it makes the music more accessible. I dig it too, up to a point, but Fela extends the tunes right up to their breaking point, given the abilities of his soloists. While the members of Fela's band are all groove monsters, and Fela himself is a capable singer, none of them can solo for shit. Why did Fela do this? He was making music for audiences to dance to and lose themselves in, not to actually listen to. Commercially, this was a canny move--artistically, not so much. Fortunately, on Live!, this propensity isn't fatal, the way it would be on later records in which tunes would take up an entire album side! As such, Live! is a decent entry point for folks interested in African music, so long as they also like James Brown. If not, there are better entry points for those interested in African music, like the Indestructible Beat of Soweto or Nigeria 70 compilations.

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Enjoyable and I vibed along whilst doing some work. Not something I'd have usually experienced with this platform so cheers 1001albums. Wish I had more to add but I'm so far behind on these!

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Brilliant musicianship, nothing bad to say - just not my thing

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Funky, primal.

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Pure joy in music form. But even I would have cut the drum solo from the record

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Ok stuff, goe voor op achtergrond tijdens ontwikkelen

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Not as good as "Zombie" but still very enjoyable. Not sure the addition of Ginger Baker does much and the "drum off' at the end adds little for me.

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Something new for me. Good listening experience for one time, but not something I'll actively listen to more of. Not so good for background during work, a bit distracting.

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meh

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As with the last Fela Kuti album, this had some good funky moments but ultimately becomes a bit repetitive after a while. Saying that though, I did enjoy this one more and I've always got time for some live call and response. Best track: Egbe Mi O (Carry Me I Want to Die)

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Vintage Kuti.

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Excellent musicianship with some nice numbers. Gets a bit samey after a while though.

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Great drumming and music jams, sadly there's not much here to show other than musicianship. The history behind this collaboration is where the real interest lies.

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Not my thing, but I listened to it all the way through. Too "out jazzy for me, but I liked the ethnic influence

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I've heard several tracks with Ginger Baker in Cream, but I'm not sure how much I've heard from Fela Kuti other than his name. I've never listened to a full album from either artist. There was an enjoyable funk to each track. "Ye Ye De Smell" was the one (out of four tracks) that I enjoyed the most on first listen. I'm not sure this album is calling me back to a second listen any time soon, but I was happy to listen to the music the first time through.

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I appreciate the idea of freeform jazz more than the actual listening.

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Nice alright live album just not really my type of music 3/5

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Very nice background music

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Definitely a lot of funk. I don't think I need to listen to it again. I didn't hate it. Also why so many live albums? (No pun intended)

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I may not love Nitin Sawhney or Gary Numan, but I can’t deny how much I’m learning about music, history, and much more through this experiment. As for Fela Kuti, I can attest that jam not only goes great on toast, but also on stage. I’m glad to see a variety of genres, styles, and countries represented on the list, and Kuti’s a great example of that. He created Afrobeat - a fusion of funk, jazz, psychedelic rock, and traditional Nigerian music. On the other hand, Kuti also described polygamy as logical and convenient: "A man goes for many women in the first place. Like in Europe, when a man is married when the wife is sleeping, he goes out and sleeps around. He should bring the women in the house, man, to live with him, and stop running around the streets!" He also may or may not have died of AIDS, but he was an AIDD denialist so his family rejects that story. And I couldn’t find any info about the end result of murder charges brought by the Nigerian government late in his life. (The government had multiple times jailed or attacked him for political reasons.) An activist who had a transformative impact on music and his country, but a complicated story.

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No es mi estilo, aunque reconozco el virtuosismo.

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Is it coincidence that two great communication artists named Fela / Fella were born in 1938 and only one is still living? Ed Fella, the designer of 'Fella Parts' and Fela Kuti, the musician, both pretty amazing guys, but only one is still living. Graphic designers live forever, they are notoriously boring people that think they know everything. Generally, they sit high atop a velvet throne and pass judgement from a distance without getting their hands dirty. Real musicians, like Fela are in the mix, they ARE the dirt that makes the world spin, that evoke and create change from within. I enjoyed this album and felt like I was in the room, at the rally in the protest. I got lost in Fela with Ginger Baker Live! while toiling away on the PeTA poster I've been working on, meat is murder by the way. The jamming of this album had me bobbin' my head back-and-forth for hours and when Adobe crashed I started lookin' for a joint and a dashiki while my machine restarted. Fela, also an activist against corruption and inequality in Nigeria was a force for change. Through his music he brought people together and was arrested, jailed and beaten. Speaking of eaten, please don't eat my friends, by the way. Ed Fella will celebrate his 83rd birthday while Fela Kuti didn't live to see 60. Musicians cause real change and die young. Beets not meats, by the way.

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Good

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Instantly hooked by those fat horns. The horns on Black Man's Cry might be some of my favourite bits of instrumental ever. Despite all that epicness I did get a tad bored at times and the music wasn't doing enough to keep me interested all the time, but for the most part it was fab. But it is Fela Kuti who in my eyes is a musical genius and one of the most influential artists on today's musical landscape so it is no surprise that this is great.

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Organ rock! African drums! Great rhythm!

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4 stars for the music -1 star for Ginger Baker’s hatred of John Bonham.

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This album being in the book is a bit surprising, not to say it’s bad or anything, but it just feels a bit too novel to be in there. It’s basically the standard Fela Kuti affair but with Ginger Baker taking up some drum duties on the album. It’s a cool thing meeting another cool thing to make a cool thing.

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nice cheerful music to make you move

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pretty funky

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Kind of all sounds the same, good restaurant music though

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Pretty fun album. 0RS

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Way better than the last Fela Kuti album (Zombie). I'm still kinda against live albums being included in this book, but this has a pretty undeniable energy. It came out of the gate pretty strong - upbeat, jazzy as all getup, pretty tasty etc. Got a bit long in the tooth by the end, cause they're all extended jams and unless you REALLY dig this sorta stuff it'll just get old, but it did grab me for the first half. The last 15min drum solo was a bit much, but it was also a bonus track so can't chip it for that. And it's weird that they really tried to push Ginger Baker's name here, especially given he was only on 2 songs and one is a bonus track... maybe the name-drop added value at the time? Overall a good surprise considering how much I groaned and rolled my eyes through the last Fela Kuti album here haha. 3/5.

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Interesting...

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Jazz is niet zo mijn ding, maar dit zijn prima muzikanten en hun muziek is heel goed te luisteren. Zitten wel leuke deuntjes bij, dus voor mij een prima optreden. ***

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Not bad to have on in the background

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23. Fela with Ginger Baker Love. Fela Kuti 5 tracks. Never heard of this bloke but this was decent. Jazzed up funk meets big band? I had it low in background but turned it up because I was enjoying it. Would accompany a remake of Starsky & Hutch is the best I've got. 3/5

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Vibes

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I really like Fela Kuti, but this is mostly really long jam tracks with Ginger Baker hammering on the drums. I appreciate the significance, but trying to listen to it wasn't great.

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Ok, but not really for me. Cool? Sure. Do I need a 16-minute drum solo? Probably not.

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Some cool afrobeat rhythms, with a feelgood, erm, feel.

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A decent album but it is instrumental and I only heard it halfway. Maybe have to give it a try again.

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The drum solo ruined it, wouldve maybe been a 4

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Great Jazz playing!

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Very interesting jazz, a fun look at some jazz from different cultural backgrounds

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Enjoyable, but not super catchy and very long songs. Ginger Baker was a hell of a drummer, and so versatile!

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I think you had to be there.

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Nie spodziewalem sie drugiego objawienia nigeryjskiego ksiecia na liscie, a tu jednak kontratakuje z zywym albumikiem z roku 71, wiec tak jak poprzedni album jest to afrobeat, ale brzmi on o wiele bardziej nieoszlifowanie, pewnie przez to ze live material, a afryka i lata 70, to nie jest czas i miejsce dla jakosciowych nagran, pan Kuti gra z trzynastoosobowa banda, prawie cala czarna, bo tym pewnie jest pan Ginger Baker z Creamu, juz zdisbandowanego, album ten zostal nagrany przy okazji nagrywania dokumentu o podrozy Bakera po afryce w poszukiwaniu afrykanskich rytmow drumowych, bo jednak afryka drumem stoi, co zdecydowanie slychac na tej plycie, nie tylko za sprawa ostatniego traka, ktory jest doslownie drumowym duelem Bakera z Tonym Allenem, lacznie piec kawalkow zamykajacych sie w godzinie z minuta, calosc brzmi podobnie do poprzedniego materialu od pana Feli, ale jako zywy jazzowy material, to wokale sa potraktowane po macoszemu, a jedynym glosem nagrania jest sam pan Kuti, wiec brakuje tych typowych dla afrobeatu chorkow, poza koncowka egbe mi o, gdzie mozna uslyszec mocno zoverdubowane wokale, nie ma tez konceptu, bo jest to zwyczajne nagranie wystepu barowego, chociaz bardzo spokojna publicznosc, taka az niezbyt czarna, jedynie brawa i lekkie krzyki na zakonczenie trakow, ale w trakcie cisza, albo to zasluga magii produkcji, bo pewnie musialo byc cos doprodukowane, no i z liryki czlowiek tez sie nic nie dowie, bo jedynie intra czy outra sa po angielsku natomiast same wokale podczas trakow, to murzynski, z regionow nigerii, na plejke leci drugi traczek black mans cry, ktory najbardziej jest zbalansowany i jego 11 minut daje dobry priwju na cala plyte

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I liked it for the most part but it was mostly a one-trick poney kind of deal for me. All of the songs were very similar to each other in my opinion. It was also a live performance which I tend to dislike as I don't want to hear the crowd. However you could only hear them when applauding at the end so it wasn't too distracting. Overall it was enjoyable but not my favorite. 5/10

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Jazzy, funky. Strong 3, honestly closer to 3.5.

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Great drumming by Baker. Pretty good album that is essentially a jam session.

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Good stuff! 3 stars.

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Nice. quite enjoyable

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Particolare, di sicuro distante da quello che ascolto, ma i suoni non sono così esotici. Certo sono sessioni molto prolungate e quindi non classiche "canzoni". Sono sicuro che richieda un mood particolare, una strumentazione adeguata e magari anche un'occasione particolare per essere apprezzato a pieno. Detto ciò è comunque interessante.

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African, Latin, jazzy, simultaneously raw but polished. Relatively long tracks with enough variety to keep it interesting.

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Good rhythms, interesting Afro jazz

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aussergewöhnlich, coole stimmung. wär live sicher a gaude

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Great instrumentals.

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Tony Allen pog

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Didn’t get to listen to the entire album but what I heard was enjoyable. Not sure I’d seek it out though.

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Pretty interesting. At least it was something I hadn't heard before. World / Jazz / Soul genres. I did skip the final track which appeared to be a never ending drum solo

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Always enjoy hearing a bit of top quality Afro-beat, especially from Fela Kuti and Tony Allen.

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I liked it but won't listen again. Only drum solos I can listen too are by Neil Peart

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Again, not what I usually listen to, but I did kinda like it. I don't think I'll be coming back to this one as none of the tracks really jumped out at me. It was worth a listen though!

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Interessante, diferente, mas não encantou.

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Some absolutely smokin' jazz. Prior to this my only real exposure to afrobeat was through Talking Heads, and listening to the real deal helps me appreciate Remain In Light more, and having heard RIL helps me appreciate this more. The grooves are immaculate and never let down the entire way through. Favorite Tracks: "Let's Start", "Black Man's Cry"

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Entretenido y hasta ahí. Como presentación en vivo en su momento debió ser muy divertida, pero como grabación de algo en vivo (que además se parece a lo que ya nos habían puesto de él mismo) se queda en un dato curioso y ya: El baterista de Cream fue a África a grabar.

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5 tracks spanning an hour is a big ask for my millennial attention span. Can't doubt the technical proficiency on show (I didn't hear a bum note or missed beat, despite there being many notes and many, many beats), but all that jamming over the same basic grooves gets a bit tiresome. Enjoyed it as background music though. It's another 2.5, but as a drummer myself I'll pay respect to two giants of the drumming world and round up.

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Good beats and a strong energy, but that's about all there is to be said. Glad I listened to it, but I probably won't ever listen again.

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Fun!

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I don't think this is the best place to start exploring Fela Kuti. It is a peculiar live performance but it is not a prime example of the artist.

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Just knew the artist by name, really impressive performance. This Live definitively fit in this List.

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I liked it, but I did not fell off my chair. I will certainly try more of Fela Kuti's material

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8th March 2022 Listened in the morning while putting together the weekly briefing. Watched Liverpool Inter in the evening. 0-1. Remember this from watching beware of mr baker. Funky and primal.

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Great rhythm. I like the vibe of this a lot, but it's not something I would return to--just not quite enough meat.

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Good African jazz

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I actually didn't mind this nearly as much as I thought I would. Partially because I listen while I'm working, this had some nice rhythm and sound for just having on while working, without distracting lyrics that pulled my attention away from work. I wouldn't choose to listen to something like this, but it was fine as sound in the background. I think it would be worse if my sole attention was on it and I was actively listening, because it's not really my style.

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This was fun! Great music to work to as it’s upbeat with a nice variation in instrumentation.

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A whole lot of funk! Easy to listen to as background music and some good jams.

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The songs were initially pretty fun to listen to but were too long and unfocused, losing my interest.

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7/10 Best Song - Ye Ye De Smell

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3/5

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Long form songs that don't work isolated, but good. Standout tracks Black Man's Cry Ye Ye De Smell

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Long drum solos really aren't my thing!

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Pretty solid album. Definitely enjoyable. Freewheeling and structured jazz at the same time. Really enjoyed this sound but I can't say I'd listen to every track again. Fave tracks: Let's Start and Black Man's Cry. Would give this album 4 stars if I loved all the tracks this much, but knocking off a star for the second half of the album which was less interesting imo.

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So far what I've learned from this site is that anything Kuta is normally fire.

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With Ginger Baker Live! is basically quite good but no AYMHBD. (5/10) FT: Black Man's Cry

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Great energy and rhythm and hard to imagine this is live too. Seems a bit cobbled together at the end with Ginger Baker seemingly adding credibility to the whole affair when it stands on it's own merits. Just falls short because of this in my view. Leaves me wanting something else but definitely worth listening to.

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Afro jazz, great buzz going on

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Like a James Brown, similar music. I like it.

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You definitely need to be in the right mood for Fela. You could probably say the same about most music. This is good, and I will listen to more of Fela Kuti's music, I promise

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Legendary performance.

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Less of an afro-beat flavour than some of his other work

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Expecting to thoroughly enjoy this, but it was a little more freeform that I was anticipating. Still enjoyable. Amazing musicians and would likely be more enjoyable listening to it in a different setting.

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Noodling

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Interesting mix of African beats and funk. Too funky for my taste

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A bit different but I didn't like it

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Duplicate

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Not cool enough for it or maybe it isn’t cool enough for me. Probably the former.

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funky reggaeish

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Anxiety inducing by the end

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No.

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Das hört sich ja alles ned schlecht an, aber ich hatte erst eine Lebenssituation, bei der diese Musik passte. (2016 -> Samba in Coburg: Ich war sternhagelvoll und iwelche teenies haben mich beim tanzen zu so einer Musi gefilmt und ausgelacht). All in all -> 2*

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Groovy and sounds African-Jazzy. Last song was great. 5/10.

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Enjoyable background listening. Could have lived without the 16 minute drum solo.

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Meh

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James Brown op zijn Afrikaans. Maar naast funk, ook wel een jazzy feel. En Ginger Baker is een baas op drums. Maar ik zou dit zelf niet zo snel opzetten. Het is te langdradig en ik heb een hekel aan drumsolos

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Vikkelät rytmiikat. Itse jäin takariviin ja poistuin kesken keikan oluttiskille. Havahduin vasta keikan päättäneeseen Tony Allenin rumpusooloon.

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Afrobeat. Extended jams that are funky and soulful. BT: Let's Start, Black Man's Cry

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2/5 too many drums and tribal sounds :(

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I love Fela, but not a fan of this. More jazz than afrobeat? Not much fun.

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Not my kinda music

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Usually a fan of weird funk jazz improv type stuff, but a 10 minute drum solo was a bit much 😂

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Didn't finish the album. Sorry, not my type again. :(

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Jam bands are just not my jam. Maybe these guys aren’t a jam band, but this is definitely a jam bandy album. I like songs to have a something to say and get to the point…in and out, which can be drawn out so long as there is continually something more to say. I must distinguish my feelings about this album and other albums with very long songs because I’m sure it will come up down the line. A song can be quite long and continue adding to its point view throughout. For instance, Dylan’s Visions of Johanna is a master piece of poetic storytelling that feels far too short at 7:30. Also, I just listened to Jimi Hendrix’s 15 minute long Voodoo Chile (studio version) and it was engaging throughout. The difference for this album is that the jamming sounds like directionless noise generated just because they could. A good life lesson: just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. I get that this is a live album so there is likely some detriment to not being in the audience. But still, there are other live albums I love listening to at home. I swear I can hear Ginger and Tony loosing interest in what’s going on several times throughout Ginger Baker And Tony Allen Drum Solo. Listen again to around the 7:15-7:45 mark…they don’t want any part of this. No one needs a 16 minute drum solo unless your name is Bonzo (Bonham) or Neil (Peart), and even then I hesitate to claim they could keep it interesting for that long. I do like some of the music, especially the big horn parts. Some of the bass and keyboard parts are worthwhile. Way too much jamming for me.

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It was alright, not for me

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Funky, good musicians but didn't hold my attention (live albums make good background noise)

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Ein wenig ohne Richtung abgefeuerte Live Salve Orientierungslose 1.6

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A fun listen and cultural artifact but pales in comparison to virtually any other Fela material.

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Was interesting enough. Some smoothing instrumentals that I heard. These are lengthy tracks, that span the time of 12 minutes. Crazy. The type of thing I'd play while studying. Really neat sounds though, Reggae man

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-Not my favourite genre of music -Good to relax to -I can respect that the artist is feeling the music and it sounds like they are passionate about it -Liked the ending of Egbi Mi O (Carry Me) when everyone in the crowd started singing along -Sounds like it would be fun to see live

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I like the instrumentation but that's about it.

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izmedu 2 i 3, malo je dosadno

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Hmmm, not terrible but see myself listening to it again. The vocal style is kinda obnoxius. 2

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Hmm... I like Fela Kuti but I do not like live albums.

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Probably pretty decent but it descends into a few too many drum solos for my tastes

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Something very different for me. I liked some of the pipe/wind stuff. But overall I just couldn't get into this

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Opens with a BANG then settles into the background. Put this on while cooking your favorite meal with your favorite person.

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Was gong to be 3, until the interminable Ginger Baker drum solo kicked in.

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It's a live-jam album, so it doesn't all work out, but there's a lot of good stuff to hear with this one. Not something I'd keep in my rotation, though.

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Funky album but those songs were super long and felt more like a jam session than a coherent album

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Ei tämä nyt oikein lähtenyt.

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This album wasn't really for me, I didn't like it that much. 1/5 stars.

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4 decent world music jazz jams and a 16 minute long drum solo. 1 star just for that self-indulgent mush.

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Fela Kuti is regarded as the pioneer of Afrobeat music, and this is an album he recorded in 1971 with Cream's former drummer - Ginger Baker. The album has 4 songs and is a total of 46 minutes long. The rhythm of the music is tantalizing, but I personally found no engaging substance other than that to vibe with. I'm sure when this album dropped in Africa, everyone was partying to it, but probably not so much in the America's or Europe.

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This does absolutely nothing for me.

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Que es esto!

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Muy corto. No me ha gustado

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Not enough to enjoy with this one

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16 min drum solo.... negative 100 stars

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Lolp

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