Stratavarious

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Stratavarious
Stratavarious album cover Ginger Baker.jpg
Studio album by Ginger Baker
Released 1972
Recorded 1972
Genre Rock, Afrobeat, Jazz fusion
Label Polydor (original UK release)
Atco (original US release)
RSO (European reissue)
Producer Ginger Baker
Ginger Baker chronology
Winwood and Friends
(1972)
Stratavarious
(1972)
Baker Gurvitz Army
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Stratavarious is an album by Ginger Baker,[2] the drummer from Cream, released by Polydor in 1972.[3] Baker had many associations with an eclectic mix of musicians brought together under numerous band titles bearing his surname. Stratavarious is the only album that was released under the name of Ginger Baker without other associated names. The lineup on Stratavarious included Bobby Tench, vocalist and guitarist from The Jeff Beck Group,[4] who plays guitar under the pseudonym Bobby Gass[2] and the Nigerian pioneer of Afrobeat, Fela Ransome-Kuti[5] who appeared at concerts with Baker at this time.

The album was re-issued in 1998 on Polygram in the UK, Atco in United States, and RSO in Japan,[6] under the title of Do What You Like, along with tracks from Ginger Baker's Air Force and Live!.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Side One
  1. "Ariwo" - (Traditional, arranged by Fela Ransome-Kuti and Ginger Baker) - 11:10
    • Sandra - vocals, choir
    • Fela Ransome-Kuti - organ, vocals
    • Bobby Gass - bass
    • Ginger Baker - drums, percussion
    • Alhaji JK Brimar - percussion, choir
    • Dusty - percussion, choir
    • Remi - choir
  2. "Tiwa (It's Our Own)" - (Kuti) - 5:51
    • Fela Ransome-Kuti - organ, vocals, percussion
    • Bobby Gass - bass
    • Ginger Baker - drums
    • Alhaji JK Brimar - percussion, choir
    • Dusty - percussion, choir
    • Remi - choir
    • Sandra - choir
Side Two
  1. "Something Nice" - (Tench, Baker) - 4:21
    • Bobby Gass - guitar, vocals, bass
    • Fela Ransome-Kuti - piano
    • Ginger Baker - drums, percussion
  2. "Ju Ju" - (Tench) - 4:20
    • Bobby Gass - guitar, vocals, bass
    • Fela Ransome-Kuti - piano, choir
    • Ginger Baker - drums, percussion
    • Alhaji JK Brimar - choir
    • Dusty - choir
    • Sandra - choir
  3. "Blood Brothers 69" - (Baker, Guy Warren) - 8:00
    • Ginger Baker - drums
    • Guy Warren - drums
    • Damon Lyon-Shaw - engineering
  4. "Coda" - (Baker) - 2:46
    • Ginger Baker - spoken word, effects, percussion

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b Ginger and Ginette Baker. Hellraiser. p. 167. 
  3. ^ "Ginger Baker". Allmusic.com. 
  4. ^ Jeff's book by Hjort and Hinman. Rock 'n' Roll Research Press. 
  5. ^ "Fela Ransome- Kuti". Allmusic.com. 
  6. ^ Atlantic, Polygram, RSO and PRS
  7. ^ "Ginger Baker: Compilations". Allmusic.com. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Schoonmaker, Trevor (ed) (2003). Fela: From West Africa to West Broadway. Palgrave Macmillan. USA. 
  • Idowu, Mabinuori Kayode (2002). Fela, le Combattant. Le Castor Astral. France.