Baker Gurvitz Army was an English hard-rock supergroup that released three albums on Atco/Vertigo between 1974 and 1976. They consisted of brothers Paul and Adrian Gurvitz (Gun, Three Man Army) and former Cream drummer Ginger Baker.
Members: Adrian Gurvitz (guitar, vocals), Paul Gurvitz (bass, vocals), Ginger Baker (drums), Pete Lemer (keyboards), Snips (vocals)
The Gurvitz brothers first teamed in Gun, which issued two albums in 1968/69 and scored a hit with “Race With the Devil.” Older brother Paul Gurvitz played earlier in The Knack, a mod band with guitarist Brian Parrish (later Badger). After Gun, the two cut a 1971 album as Parrish Gurvitz and recorded a second while Adrian toured with the Buddy Miles Express. Later that year, the brothers reteamed in Three Man Army, which released three albums between 1971 and 1974, the latter two with ex-May Blitz drummer Tony Newman.
In 1974, the brothers recorded a rock opera, tentatively titled while Newman got behind longtime partners Mike Patto and Ollie Halsall (Timebox, Patto) in Boxer. With the opera shelved, the Gurvitz brothers enlisted famed drummer Ginger Baker to kickstart the Army franchise. The two parties met during sessions for Kick Off Your Muddy Boots, the first of two albums by the Graeme Edge Band, led by the Moody Blues drummer.
Baker emerged a decade earlier in the Graham Bond Organization with organist Graham Bond, bassist Jack Bruce, and reedist Dick Heckstall-Smith (later Colosseum). He and Bruce later formed the power trio Cream with Eric Clapton. Between 1966 and 1968, they issued three albums and scored multiple hits while establishing the maximalist three-piece rock lineup: the model for bands like Gun and May Blitz. When Cream folded, Baker cut one album in the supergroup Blind Faith (with Clapton and Steve Winwood) and formed the quasi-African Ginger Baker’s Air Force for two albums on Atco. In 1972, he released the solo album Stradivarius, recorded with Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti.
1974: First Album
The Baker Gurvitz Army released their self-titled debut album in December 1974 on Janus (US) and Vertigo (everywhere else). As on most Gurvitz brothers projects, Adrian wrote or co-wrote the album’s eight songs, including “Help Me,” “Love Is,” “Inside of Me,” and the epic “Since Beginning.” Baker co-wrote “Memory Lane,” “Mad Jack,” “4 Phil,” and “I Wanna Live Again.”
The last of those features backing vocals by Rosetta Hightower, Madeline Bell (Blue Mink), and session singers Liza Strike and Barry St. John. Bell appears on Two, the third album by Three Man Army. Strike and St. John also co-appear on 1974 albums by Bryan Ferry, Leo Sayer (Just a Boy), and Nazareth. Hightower and Strike overlap on Weren’t Born a Man, the Bowie/Ronson-produced comeback album by Dana Gillespie.
The Baker Gurvitz Army was co-produced by all three members at The Who‘s Ramport Studios in London, the site of 1974 recordings by Chris De Burgh, Kevin Ayers, Man, Supertramp (Crime of the Century), and the Sensational Alex Harvey Band. The album was engineered by and
- The Baker Gurvitz Army (1974)
- Elysian Encounter (1975)
- Hearts on Fire (1976)
- Discogs: Baker Gurvitz Army
- Scorpscollector: Fly to the Rainbow tour
- Concerts Wiki: Procol Harum Concerts 1970s
- setlist.fm: Great British Music Festival 1976
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