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It's hard to go wrong with Fela Kuti's work from the 1970s, and LIVE!, which features the Afrobeat innovator backed by his powerhouse band Africa '70 and ex-Cream drummer Ginger Baker, is no exception. Like all of Fela's recordings from the era, LIVE! consists of just a few tracks, each of which approximates or exceeds the ten minute mark. Yet the arrangements are so dynamic on these tracks, the criss-crossing polyrhythms so absorbing, and Fela's incantatory vocals so entrancing that the long running times never seem a factor. Every cut crackles from beginning to end with its mixture of funk, jazz, and traditional Nigerian music, underscoring once again Fela's revolutionary, indelible contribution to world music. Fans of Ginger Baker will want to take note that the drummer is not showcased except on a bonus track, which pairs the drummer with Fela percussionist Tony Allen for a smokin' sixteen-plus minute drum solo.
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Cat. number: 314 549 382-2
Year: 2001
Notes:
One of 25 releases in the "Fela Originals" series. Comes with a 16-page booklet but without detailed production and musician credits. Credits shown above are from the original back cover reproduced on the back of the CD cover. 'Live!' was originally released in 1971. "Thanks to Atlantic Records for allowing Ginger Baker to appear on this record." In 2005, his release was replaced by Wrasse Records WRASS 055 in the United States. © 2001 FAK Under license to MCA Records

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