Top 5 Ginger Baker Performances

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Renowned as the originator of the rock drum solo, Ginger Baker (1939-2019) was more than just a powerhouse behind the drum kit. His versatility extended beyond the realm of insane drumming feats, leaving an indelible mark on the world of music.

“Toad” at Royal Albert Hall (1968)
Emerging from London’s gritty blues scene, Ginger Baker ascended to rock stardom as a vital part of the first-ever supergroup alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce—Cream. “Toad,” a track from Cream’s debut album Fresh Cream (1966), stands as a clear testament to Baker’s exceptional talent. Notably, it features the inaugural studio-recorded drum solo, showcasing Baker’s innovative approach to percussion.

“White Room” at Royal Albert Hall (1968)
By 1968, Cream faced internal tensions that strained the longstanding friendship between Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. Despite the discord, “White Room” from the album Wheels of Fire emerged as a quintessential Cream composition. Baker’s drumming prowess shines amid the turmoil, and the track later found renewed relevance in the soundtrack of the contemporary film “Joker.”

“Crossroads” at Farewell Concert (1969)
Filmed during Cream’s “Farewell Concert” in 1969, this rendition of Robert Johnson’s “Crossroads” serves as a powerful testament to the trio’s prowess, marking the culmination of Cream’s existence.

“Today” (1970)
In 1970, Baker embarked on a personal venture—Ginger Baker’s Air Force, a band uniquely influenced by jazz and African music. A departure from the conventional, the Air Force project provides a glimpse into Baker’s expansive musical palette. “Today” captures the dizzying and eclectic essence of Ginger Baker’s Air Force, showcasing Baker’s ability to navigate diverse musical landscapes.

“Pressed Rat And Warthog” at Royal Albert Hall (2005)
The iconic supergroup reunited in 2005 for a spectacular Royal Albert Hall concert, featuring the lesser-known track “Pressed Rat And Warthog” from the Wheels of Fire album. Baker takes on the solo vocals, delivering a mesmerizing, practically spoken narrative—a fitting farewell to the legendary musician.

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