Hear a Previously Unreleased Tony Allen, Ginger Baker Drum Solo From Fela Kuti 'Live!' Reissue

A previously unreleased drum solo featuring Afrobeat legend Tony Allen and Cream’s Ginger Baker has been unearthed for a 50th anniversary reissue of Fela Kuti’s Live!, arriving November 19th via Partisan.

Allen and Baker’s drum solo was taken from Africa 70’s performance at the 1978 Berlin Jazz Festival; famously, this was Africa ’70’s last performance with Kuti, with several members, including Allen, who left the group a few months later. While another drum solo from that same festival had appeared as a bonus cut on a previous edition of Live!, this second part hadn’t been available until now.

The two 1978 Berlin Jazz Festival drum solos will make up Side C of the double-LP vinyl reissue of Live!, while Sides A and B will boast the original album (Side D will feature a bespoke etching of the album artwork). Live! was recorded in 1971 while Baker traveled with Kuti in Africa. The Live! reissue was remastered from the original tapes at Abbey Road Studios and will be pressed on red vinyl.

Along with Live!, Partisan is prepping a 50th anniversary reissue for another 1971 Kuti album, Fela’s London Scene, which will arrive November 5th. The album was also remastered at Abbey Road Studios and will be pressed on a limited edition blue, red and white splatter vinyl (a special green and white vinyl will be available exclusively via Rough Trade).

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