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Cream - Royal Albert Hall - London May 2-3-5-6 2005 (2005)

Ginger Baker , Jack Bruce , Martyn Atkins  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton
  • Directors: Martyn Atkins
  • Writers: Janine Polla Werner
  • Producers: Anu Krishnan, Barry Schulman, David Horn, James Pluta, John Beug
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Unknown (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unknown (DTS 5.1), Unknown (PCM Stereo), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, German
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Strat. Mkt.
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2005
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (308 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009WFFS6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,713 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cream - Royal Albert Hall - London May 2-3-5-6 2005" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Filmed in Hi Def
  • Two-DVD set
  • Bonus features include alternate performances
  • In-depth interviews with Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, and Eric Clapton

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They step onto the stage of London's Royal Albert Hall: Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, and Eric Clapton. The capacity crowd, which includes Sean Penn and Jude Law, stands to greet them. Thirty-seven years after their farewell concert, the famously fiery Cream did the unthinkable--they reunited. This double-disc collection (and accompanying CD set) captures highlights from the historic four-day engagement, beginning with a buoyant "I'm So Glad" and ending with a triumphant "Sunshine of Your Love." It would be churlish to suggest that Cream appears exactly as they did in the 1960s (Bruce looks a little frail), but the legendary power trio still has the goods. Bruce is still the essence of soul (a particularly rich vocal on "Politician"), while Baker is as irrepressible as ever (a rare vocal on "Pressed Rat and Warthog," percussive tour-de-force "Toad"). Then there's Clapton, who remains as much a master of the guitar as of understatement. "Thanks for waiting all these years," he quips after a slow-burning "Outside Woman Blues," then adds, "We're going to do every song we know." The track listing is, indeed, generous, despite the absence of such Cream classics as "I Feel Free," "Strange Brew," and "Tales of Brave Ulysses." All told, there are 22 songs plus three alternate takes--and not a bad one in the bunch. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

In May of 2005 Cream returned to London's Royal Albert Hall-to the same stage where they had completed what was thought to be their final performance in 1968. It was one of the most eagerly anticipated, hard-to-get tickets in rock history. With the exception of a brief reunion set at their 1993 induction into the Rock and roll Hall of Fame, Cream had not played together in nearly four decades. This DVD documents Cream's momentous London shows. Performances from each of the four nights are featured and much more. Also included are alternate performances and interviews with Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, and Eric Clapton. Cream formed in 1966 and disbanded in 1968. The band were a prolific and thrilling live act and toured incessantly in their short but remarkable history.Track Listings: I'm So Glad, Spoonful, Outside Woman Blues, Pressed Rat & Warthog, Sleepy Time Time, N.S.U., Badge, Politician, Sweet Wine, Rollin' & Tumblin', Stormy Monday, Deserted Cities of the Heart, Born Under a Bad Sign, We're Going Wrong, Crossroads, Sitting on Top of the World, White Room, Toad, Sunshine of Your Love, Spoonful (Alternate Takes), Sleepy Time Time (Alternate Takes), Badge (Alternate Takes), Sweet Wine (Alternate Takes), Rollin' & Tumblin', We're Going Wrong, White Room, Sunshine of Your Love

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331 of 349 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shock and Awe: How little has changed in 37 years October 5, 2005
Format:DVD
I bought this DVD with some degree of trepidation given that most of these reunion gigs/albums whatever seldom live up to the hype Rumours have abounded about Jack Bruce's poor health and finances as well as personal emnities between the various band members but in the end I could not pass it up.

From the moment that the band walked on the stage I had a lump in my throat and from the very fist note it was clear that in the intervening years since Goodbye Cream the only thing that had changed was the degree of skill and virtuosity that each possessed had increased.

I am not churlish about the song selection given the stated number of songs that the trio had played together summed to only 35 as per Bruce including the ones that had never been played. I am sure that each of us has our own favourites that we wanted them to play and we were disappointed by their exclusion but ce la vie. I do agree with others that a gesture to the diehard fans about making available the totality of the concerts available on CD would be a good one. Especially since Eric has done it before regarding his solo performances in the same venue.

Before foccussing on the songs I must say that for me the most poignant moment can when they were performing Badge and Clapton left the section attributed to his friend George on the album silent before resuming his blistering, very heartfelt playing. If these shows are about anything it is about learning that life is too short for holding grudges and we should all be thankful of each opportunity to share our wonderful gifts with others.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Circle is Finally Complete February 6, 2006
Format:DVD
First of all, I would advise level-headed readers to ignore the one-star extremists. These people are so cynical that if Jesus Christ Himself were to make a comeback in their living rooms, they would scorn Him as a sellout because He wasn't still wearing the original crown of thorns.

Frankly, I don't care why Cream decided to make this concert happen - I'm just overwhelmed with gratitude that they did it before one of them left us. Let's get real. These three men are closing in on 70, and they have absolutely no right to play as well, sing as beautifully or sound as incredible as they do on this DVD. Basically, what you have here are three grandfathers playing a young man's hard driving blues, and doing a d**n fine job. In the music business, perhaps only B.B. King, Ray Charles, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash have worn their years as magnificently as Eric, Jack and Ginger do here.

This isn't a "comeback" or a "reunion," despite what the DVD credits would have us believe. Musically, this is a continuation, a new chapter in the annals of Cream. Yes, they play most of their original hits, and yes there are (many) moments when you'll hear the young men they once were coming out in their voices and in their playing. But a perfect recreation of their 1968 sound is not what this concert is about.

Instead, this is like classical pianist Glen Gould's "Book End" recordings of the Goldberg Variations. He recorded them first in his 20's and then again in his 70's. The songs are the same, the brilliance is the same; the interpretations are subtly but powerfully different, as one would expect from a man who has gathered fifty years of life experience between them.

Any attempt by Cream to exactly reproduce their sound from 1968 for the May 2005 R.A.H.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate November 11, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Thank God they did this (and I DON'T mean Eric Clapton!). Cream was captured live on audio very well in 60's but the only live video is the execrable "Farewell Concert" (which you can totally forget about). This video captures the band in fine form...they are as good as they were in the 60's which is astonishing when you consider the passage of years. Jack Bruce drives Eric Clapton to levels we haven't seen since 1969 and it reminds us why he was referred to as God in his heydey. Cream plays virtually every song in their catalogue (even "Pressed Rat and Warthog"!) and, if that wasn't enough, they add a NEW Cream song to the canon, a superb "Stormy Monday" sung by Eric Claption. This is one of the best videos in my collection and I treasure owning it. I wish something more had come out of this one-off reunion but I'm very happy that they got this right!
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars for a great DVD of a great band September 28, 2005
Format:DVD
Of course Cream isn't playing with the same ferociousness they did when they were in their 20s back in the 1960s, but name one band from that era that still does. The Who's Pete Townshend still has his manic-style of guitar thrashing, but that's about it. The Stones are still good, but not as intense as they once were.

On to the Cream DVD. Great picture, great audio. It's widescreen, with a lot of detail and depth to the visuals. The colors are lively and the vibe of the show is caught well on this video. Sound is very, very good, with lots of Jack Bruce's bass (taking a less "dirty" tone here than in the 1960s) and full, well-rounded drum sound from Ginger Baker. His toms and bass drums boom, and his high-hat, which he miraculously works with his foot through the entire DVD, helps add mid- and high-range sounds in the absence of a second guitar or keyboards. Here's Cream, the original three - Bruce, Baker and Eric Clapton, playing together again. And it sounds great. Yes, there not as firey as they once were, bu they still jam. Baker's "Toad" is a treat, and his drum solo, with its swing-style and floating vibe, is very impressive. Bruce and Clapton trade off verses on "White Room," which is a nice change from the original recording, although not necessarily better. The new DVD shows Cream to have much more of a sense of humor on-stage than some might think. Clapton, Baker and Bruce are seen smiling at each other constantly, showing that they've kissed and made up, so to speak. As a musician, it's fun to watch their eye-contact with each other, wondering if some of those smiles are from possible mistakes they're making on their instruments.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We loved it so much we wanted for our house
One of Kelly's friends had played part of this concert for us. We loved it so much we wanted for our house.
Published 4 days ago by Jude
5.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN EVER. NO MISTAKE MUSIC WITH A BLUES EDGE TO IT
I WATCH THIS ALL THE TIME.NEVER AGAIN WILL THEY PLAY TOGETHER. ANAIN 11 OUT OF 10.
Published 6 days ago by BRIAN RADIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Cream - Royal Albert Hall 2005
One more testimony of good musicianship from the boys. Fascinating material!
Published 10 days ago by Michael Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic Memories
Right-On & Far-Out
Published 21 days ago by Gerald Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Nice DVD!
Published 24 days ago by Cecil Kwong
5.0 out of 5 stars Joyful!
A truly joyful experience! I have numerous live performances on dvd, 51 at last count. This is my favorite. Cream is not my favorite group! Read more
Published 1 month ago by John C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very Happy with my order and my husband enjoyed listening to Cream
Published 1 month ago by patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
This is a must own DVD for anyone who appreciates the music of Cream. A fantastic performance by three guys that can make magic together. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jack D
5.0 out of 5 stars A historic moment in music
It was thought that Cream would never reunite after so long, Jack Bruce had a close brush with death. It became clear that it was prudent to do it while they could. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael F. Walton
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful performance
A masterful performance at a special venue, from a group of men who are gifted musicians. I will enjoy this show each and every time I watch it.
Published 2 months ago by Maplevista
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