Sunday, January 13, 2008

Fela Kuti and Africa 70 1978-11-14 Berlin Jazz Days


Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Africa 70
Berlin Jazz Days

Source:unknown, probable FM or TV broadcast
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This is the last Fela performance with the Africa 70. After this show, Fela announced intentions to use revenue from the shows to further political goals. The band promptly quit.

1. CCP
2. Panza Panza
3. Cross Examination of African Colonial Soldier

329 mb, 1 disc

Changes to this Recording:
patch and crossfade tracks 3 & 4 on original disc into one track
several pops removed and dropouts repaired
Entire show- improved channel parity and stereo image by adding 30% of left channel signal into the right channel using WavEditor Stereo Processor tool.

I received this show in trade from __ . The only other time I have seen this show it was listed as "aud?". This version came with no source info. After much listening, I believe this to be an aud-heavy FM or TV broadcast matrix from a cassette source. There are several clues to support this theory. When I received this recording, track 3 was split across track 3 and 4. The total Time for tracks 1-3 was 46 minutes, half of a 90 minute tape. Also, there is a fade between tracks 1 and 2 that doesn't go all the way down to silence. What remains during the fadeout looks like an FM carrier wave. I have also recently learned that this show was broadcast on German television. It's possible this may play some part in the lineage.
Then there is the sound. This is where it gets a bit subjective. It's easy to listen to the first 5 minutes of CCP and decide this is an audience. Now go to track 2, Panza Panza, listen to the spoken intro and opening drums and tell me this is a pure audience. All I know for sure is that I have never heard an aud from the mid-'70s portray drums so well. Any insights or info on this recording, PLEASE email or PM me. shacklyn75