‘Fela & Ginger'
On 25t July 1971, Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti arrived at Abbey Road Studio Three to record a live album accompanied by two legendary drummers. One was a regular collaborator, the incomparable Tony Allen. The other was a new friend named Ginger Baker who used to play for a band called Cream.
For the first and only time, a bar was set up at the back of the studio as a live audience of 150 arrived for the show.
Producer Jeff Jarratt and engineers John Kurlander, John Leckie and Tony Clark knew exactly which microphone to use for the bass drums used that evening: the mic used on hundreds of bass drums at Abbey Road over the years, the king of the kick, the AKG D20.