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Ginger Baker In Africa (Rockumentary)

 

Picture: C†††† Sound: C†††† Extras: D†††† Film: C+

 

 

Ginger Baker is best known as a member of Cream and Blind Faith, but had other projects on the side and many also expressed his love of music.One lesser known project is a music trip captured by British filmmaker Tony Palmer in his 1971 film Ginger Baker In Africa, where the musician meets with, interacts and plays music with Africa musicians as he takes in the culture, living, weather and life in the key continent.

 

Baker is actually there to set up a recording studio in Nigeriaís former capital Lagos, but also travels across the Sahara Desert and takes other non-music risks.The film often has no talking and pure music for long periods.Running 53 minutes, it seems like it was made for an older TV timeslot when commercials were at a minimum where they belong.The result is not bad.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image features a faded print with limited color, but is still watchable.Some restoration is needed and this looks like 16mm film.The PCM 16bit/48kHz Mono is problematic with a lack of fidelity, distortion and slight echo throughout.Eagle was smart enough to skip Dolby Digital compression, which would have made this worse.There are no extras, but fans will enjoy the film and Bakerís voiceovers as much as his playing.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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