Cream: Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2005 [Blu-ray]
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Cream s short original existence from 1966 to 1968 belies their status as one of the most influential rock bands of all time. They released four studio albums that were hugely successful around the world and had a number of hit singles on both sides of the Atlantic. In May 2005 Cream reunited for a sequence of concerts over four nights at London s Royal Albert Hall. Filmed in high definition, this Blu-ray features tracks filmed across the four shows including many of their best loved songs. Despite a gap of nearly 40 years the band quickly reignited the chemistry that had contributed so much to their legendary status and delivered four magnificent concerts that delighted the fans who had snapped up the tickets. / Bonus Features: Alternate takes of three tracks: (1) Sleepy Time Time (2) We re Going Wrong (3) Sunshine Of
Your Love - Interviews with Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton / TRACK LISTING:
1) I m So Glad 2) Spoonful 3) Outside Woman Blues 4) Pressed Rat And Warthog 5) Sleepy Time Time
6) N.S.U. 7) Badge 8) Politician 9) Sweet Wine 10) Rollin And Tumblin 11) Stormy Monday 12) Deserted Cities Of The Heart 13) Born Under A Bad Sign 14) We re Going Wrong 15) Crossroads 16) Sitting On Top Of The World 17) White Room 18) Toad 19) Sunshine Of Your Love
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One of ironic things about those days that has always bothered me was the fact that a lot of the bands that used to preach peace and love couldn't even get along with each other.
How did they expect everyone else to listen to them when they couldn't even follow what they preached?
The Beatles and John Lennon "All You Need Is Love" "Give Peace a Chance" !
C'mon, guys, you couldn't even practice it yourselves! No wonder we fell apart!
During their brief 2 year tenure, Cream threw everything including the kitchen sink into their work; blues, jazz, classical and psychedelia. Some of today's progressive rock buffs look at Cream as prog forefathers along with The Beatles, The Doors, Pink Floyd and others. Unfortunately, tensions mounted within the group as musical differences swelled to the point of getting physical.
Now all is forgiven and the long awaited reunion (save the R&R Hall of Fame ceremony) has come to fold. Eric, Jack and Ginger may have slowed a tad with age, but they still have the old chops. According to an interview with Eric, he said it took some practice to get back to the more fuller guitar sound for the trio after decades of playing in bigger lineups. Jack and Ginger headed more into the jazz foray after the breakup, so hard driving rock may have been a little alien to them after all these years.
Never the less, after several months of planning and rehearsals the guys put on a stellar performance at the same venue they performed their farewell concert at in 1968, the Albert Hall which ironically had future prog giants Yes open for them. Many chestnuts are performed here with the usual standards of Crossroads, Badge and, of course, the obligatory encore of Sunshine of Your Love with only White Room being the most noticeable absentee from the song list for some reason. Many less radio friendly obscure cuts are performed with gusto such as NSU, the lengthy Spoonful, Ginger's spotlight Toad and a cut they've never performed live, Pressed Rat and Wart Hog, with Ginger's only lead vocal. Too much to go over, but it's all great.
One of the things I like about this concert is that you get Cream as a unit and it is NOT presented as "Eric Clapton and Friends" being that Eric went on to a more super-stardom level than the others. In fact, Eric always being the humble man he is does his best to keep a low profile. Eveything is divided equally with playing duties and even the camera shots are spread out equally. The picture quality in the discs is terrific in high definition video cropped at a 1:85 aspect ratio. The audio is just perfect especially in DTS, Ginger's drums just thunder through. Certainly a far cry from that poorly filmed and rotted farewell concert film!
While they may have lost just a little steam over the decades, the guys can still crank it out and this reunion is worth every note of it.
The seller did give me half my money back, and we agreed, so all is well.
I learned a good lesson, tho. Need to check that region code before I buy.