CLAPTON, ERIC - CD
GINGER BAKER TRIBUTE

LABEL:
Daspyknows
SOURCE:
EventimIM Apollo (Formerly the Hammersmith Odeon), February 17, 2020
FORMAT:
2 downlioad cdrs
RUNNING TIME:
54.17/49.34
SOUND/SOURCE:
Audience stereo. Schoeps MK4/NBox Platinum Tascam DR-2D 24 Bit 48K; processed using Soundforge 11, re-sampled to 16bit 44.1k TLH to convert to Flac.
PACKAGING:
double slimline jewel case
 


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SOUND 10 / PACKAGING 7 / PERFORMANCE 10

 

TRACK LIST:

Disc One: 1. Intro, 2. Sunshine Of Your Love (with Roger Waters), 3. Strange Brew (with Roger Waters), 4. White Room (with Roger Waters, Ronnie Wood on guitar & Kenney Jones on 3rd drum kit), 5. I Feel Free (with Nile Rodgers, Paul Carrack on organ & vocals), 6. Tales Of Brave Ulysses (with Nile Rodgers), 7. Sweet Wine (with Paul Carrack on organ & Will Johns on guitar), 8. Blue Condition, 9. Badge (with Ron Wood, Henry Spinetti on 3rd drum kit), 10. Pressed Rat And Warthog (with Kofi Baker on drums & vocals).

Disc Two:1. Had To Cry Today (with Steve Winwood, Nile Rodgers on guitar & Kofi Baker on drums), 2. Presence Of The Lord (with Nile Rodgers, Steve Winwood on organ & vocals, & Kofi Baker on drums), 3. Well All Right (with Nile Rodgers and also with Steve Winwood on guitar & vocals), 4. Can t Find My Way Home (with Kofi Baker, Winwood on organ & vocals, & Nile Rodgers on guitar), 5. Do What You Like / Toad (with Steve Winwood, Ronnie Wood, & Nile Rodgers; with drum solo by Kofi Baker), 6. Crowd, Encore:7. Cross Road Blues (with everyone & Roger Waters on cowbell), 8. Outro Including Nile Rodgers Trying To Encourage A 2nd Encore.

 
REVIEW:

This is the first recording to present the whole tribute for Ginger Baker which happened in London on February 17th 2020 playing mostly Cream and Blind Faith songs. It was recorded by Daspyknows, 25 ft away from stage dead center, the concert featured Eric Clapton and guests, among which Roger Waters & Willie Weeks on bass, Ron Wood, Nile Rodgers & Will Johns (Andy Johns son) on guitar, Stevie Winwood on guitar & keyboards, Chris Stainton and Paul Carrack on organ & keyboards,   Henry Spinetti, Steve Gadd , Kenny Jones, Sonny Emory and Kofi Baker on drums, Katie Kissoon and Sharon White on vocals.

Here is taper s description: ‘The lights go down and on the screen is a funny Ginger Baker intro. The crowd was buzzing, then it happened, Eric Clapton spoke. After some brief comments about Ginger Baker the show opened with Will Johns playing on Sunshine Of Your Love with Roger Waters on bass. The crowd went nuts, it was crazy. Next was Stange Bew with Roger which is a treat to see live. When the song ended Ronnie Wood joined them on stage. They played White Room, Roger and Ronnie walked off and Nile Rodgers comes out. They proceed to play great versions of I Feel Free and Tales of Brave Ulysses. Will Johns comes out to play Sweet Wine and then they play Blue Condition, both being excellent and unexpected songs in the setlist. Ron Wood, and Henry Spinetti came out for a spectacular version of Badge. Kofi Baker then took front and center stage with his playing and singing Pressed Rat and Warthog to conclude the Cream part of the set.
Steve Winwood then came out to join the band for Had To Cry Today, they then played a great version of Presence of the Lord followed by Can t Find My Way Home a sequence that reminds the 1973 Rainbow Concert. They followed up with Well Alright and then Do What You Like / Toad with an epic drum solo by Kofi Baker with his dad drumming away, looking down from the screens. This was a tribute to a drummer and there were 5 drummers in the house and it was just proper that the only solo was done by Ginger s boy. It was a fitting end to the set, a bit short in time but well worthwhile in terms of performance. It must be admitted that 2020 Eric Clapton is not 1969 Eric Clapton but this was a performance that was really worthy of the long earned accolades from the past. For the encore everyone came out for a spirited version of Crossroads that even included Roger Waters on cowbell. The show ended with Nile Rodgers that was trying to get the rest of the band to play one more. He, like everyone else didn t want the night to end, but no more music came.’ Too bad because Little Wing or Layla would have represented the best way to end this concert. Anyway, it must be acknowledged that this recording is really a great one where all instruments and vocals are clearly heard and there is a good balance between channels; luckily not much audience interactions and when someone talked too loud he was silenced by the taper (!). Packaging presents as front cover the advertising event poster, back cover is austere with no distinction between discs setlist, it must be noted that in the accompanying liner notes Well Alright is positioned after Can t Find My Way Home, while in the recording it comes before it, nothing however affecting listening pleasure.


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