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ElVesto Posted on 06/10/2019 12:20
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Mad as a box of frogs, but I XXXXXX loved Cream.
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kpbw Posted on 06/10/2019 12:29
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Did I tell you about the time I saw Cream at Spalding Tulip Rooms? [;)]

Link: RIP Ginge
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ElVesto Posted on 06/10/2019 12:39
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I was stood next to you [:P]
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Rodneyfernsfeet Posted on 06/10/2019 12:47
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Saw Baker Gurvitz army at Demont in the 70s,pretty good as I recall.
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Elsie_Heffsey Posted on 06/10/2019 12:49
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Saw him with his band Ginger Baker's Jazz Confusion in 2014 at Moseley. Great set but he was still nuts.

Link: Blues online
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foxyDP Posted on 06/10/2019 13:10
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Badge is one of me fave rock anthems.
Featured on the great 80s film - Good And Bad At Games
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evingtonfox Posted on 06/10/2019 16:20
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Saw Cream play at the Il Rondo in Silver st.
3 of the finest ever musicians, what a band!!!
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Algarfox Posted on 06/10/2019 16:58
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Saw them at The Boat in their early days. Magic.
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ElVesto Posted on 06/10/2019 18:24
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People don't believe me, but in May'67 the Spalding Tulip Bulb Auction Hall hosted Cream, Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, Geno Washington and Zoot Money, all on the same bill.

I was 16 years old, and my ticket cost me the princely sum of £1.
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Worcesterfox Posted on 06/10/2019 20:34
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True...

Link: The Woodstock of the East
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charleyfarley Posted on 06/10/2019 20:47
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What you've just said explains a lot Vesto.
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stokiefox Posted on 06/10/2019 20:55
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Must of been at Il Rondo that night..some top blues back then

John Mayall Blues Breakers

Graham Bond Organisation

Zoot Money
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ElVesto Posted on 06/10/2019 20:59
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About me Charley?
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charleyfarley Posted on 06/10/2019 21:28
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Yes your musical knowledge and memory are both very impressive.
I can't remember what I was doing last week !!
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ElVesto Posted on 06/10/2019 22:14
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Old memories live on. Now where's my glasses?
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sabredunce Posted on 07/10/2019 04:57
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Worth watching, Ginger Baker and Bruce with Graham Bond.

Link: just great
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mickyhoss Posted on 07/10/2019 19:28
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Art Tripp's tribute to the late Ginger Baker
I was saddened to hear of the demise of the great Ginger Baker. He must have had a tough final few years, but he did make it to 80. I credit Baker’s influence for my transition from musician to performer, especially during the Trout/Decals era.

In the Spring of 1968 the Mothers and Cream played a big gig at the Chicago Coliseum, which was during Cream’s final tour. Frank had told me to expect to be called on for a “monster” drum solo. Sure enough, midway through the set he pointed to me, and I took off, playing all over the kit with complicated rhythms and free form style. I was pleased with my playing.

After we played it was Cream’s turn. Frank and I went back behind the huge sheet-like backdrop which also served to block off part of the end zone seats. Therefore we were watching the band, magnified by the spotlights, in shadows against the backdrop. Midway in their show Clapton and Bruce left the stage for Baker’s drum solo—a regular feature. Clapton came back to sit with us for a few minutes.

It was the first time I’d seen original hard rock showmanship from a drummer, with hair flying all over the place and arms flailing in the air. What he was actually playing was very good, but not particularly inventive. It reminded me of Gene Krupa and Louis Bellson’s styles. But what an exciting show he put on! As he finished to thunderous applause, I realized right then what the audiences wanted to see.

That experience never left me. Although I changed my style of rock ‘n roll playing somewhat, to simplify the patterns, it wasn’t until a few years later when I started drumming with CBMB that I purposely started exaggerating my style and hamming it up—more “caveman” like. Almost immediately fans started appreciating my playing more. In fact I recall a review from an English critic who’d seen us at Royal Albert Hall. He commented on my primitive, pulsating rhythms, and jungle style. He actually believed that my arms were unnaturally longer than average! That’s when I knew I had arrived. And it never would have occurred to me had I not seen Ginger Baker that night in Chicago.

~Art Tripp
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