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

Ginger Baker , Jack Bruce , Martyn Atkins  |  NR |  DVD
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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 (317 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009WFFS6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,705 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

Editorial Reviews

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

Customer Reviews

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332 of 351 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
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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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Circle is Finally Complete February 6, 2006
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A former Clapton basher comes clean December 12, 2005
I see myself as one of those Clapton "purists" who thought 1)his move to Fender Stratocasters and 2)his solo material after Derek and the Dominoes, did not compare to Cream, and his brief stint in John Mayall's band. I felt cheated buying his pop albums of the mid to late 80's (remember "Forever Man"?), as well as his synthetic/plastic blues albums of the early to mid 90's. From this period, I thought "Unplugged" was the exception. Aside from the death of his son, with the song that he wrote in tribute, Clapton was to me a souless, clinical guitar player.

Then I received the "Concert for George" DVD for X-mas two years ago. When I saw Clapton pour his heart into that tribute concert for his friend (George Harrison), I knew there was still some life left in him. Especially the solo for "My Guitar Gently Weeps", which brings back the old Clapton solo phrasing, something I had not heard in years.

Because of that concert/DVD, I was optimistic about how Clapton would play for a Cream reunion that came to reality 5/05. I must say I'm not in the least disappointed with this performance. While many think a 60 year old Clapton, a 66 year old Baker, and a 62 year old Bruce are going to play with the same energy 36 years later is dreaming. Clapton's Leslie/Fender tube amp setup with his custom Strat is a beefy combination that fits well with Bruce's new Hartke bass amps.

When I watch this DVD I realize Bruce needed Clapton, and vice versa. They feed off each other and compete to improve through every jam/solo. Clapton plays with an inspiration I haven't heard in years (if not ever), while Bruce is always trying to edge ahead of Eric on the shorter but not weaker jams of the 2005 edition. "Sweet Wine" is the one song/jam that reminds me of Cream of the past. That song is worth the price of this DVD alone.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great video quality and sound....
Awesome concert. The trio are in great shape!
Published 3 days ago by Arturo Grullon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
listen over and over
Published 20 days ago by rich
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
The HD DVD tag format wasn't brought out--thought I was bying a DVD
Published 1 month ago by Jmaes Craft
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessentuial Rock and Roll.
You gotta buy this. I got it for my wife and she hugged me big time :-)
Published 1 month ago by Badger Lake Observer
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong Regional Code-won't work on USA dvd players-want money...
Actually by giving it one star I was Highly overrating it. The DVD was 100% worthless When I tried to play it a message came up and said something to the effect that " this has... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Good Stuff
Ginger Baker puts on a drum solo that is worth the price of this DVD alone.
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Published 1 month ago by Toney O. Burkhart
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great concert! I own this and will never part with it!
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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.
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