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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All three of these guys are incredible musicians individually and as a group. For a band like this to reform after almost 40 years and play so tightly is phenomenal. There is an incredible amount of respect between Eric, Jack and Ginger for each other which is evident from the performance and from the interviews on the bonus material.
I've watched this every night since receiving it (really quickly, by the way) and it has huge replay value. All of the old favorites are here which are probably the best performances.
"Sunshine of Your Love" and "White Room" sound like the world is coming to an end with Ginger and Jack laying down some serious rhythms as well as the incredible twelve minute solo on "Toad", a rich tapestry of drum beats from African rhythms to jazz fills and earth shattering double kick patterns. Ginger also does a nice vocal on "Pressed Rat and Warthog" which has strains of Fairport Convention and Horslips. He must have brought a major supply of sticks seeing as he throws a lot of them into the audience.
As for Clapton, well, it's almost like watching a whole separate concert. "Stormy Monday", "Crossroads" and "Sleepy Time Time" feature his trademark Strat work which is harnessed with enormous energy and is greeted by massive crowd appreciation (including one Mr Brian May). The first live performance of "Badge" is a fabulous moment for Eric and this concert. His soulful vocals and rich guitar tone make the wait all worth while.
Watch out for a few famous faces in the audience from the world of music film and journalism. I won't mention names, that would spoil it.
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It's always great to hear these songs and the bonus features are nice. It won't take the place of the original albums but it's a great document that is worth revisiting once in a while. I wouldn't say that the 'flash' has gone - at first, I though there was something different here but realised it's because they are far more seasoned than ever and just are doing what the songs require with a dash more of themselves to keep it flowing and interesting... rather than try to battle it to the end of the tune as they could be prone to back in the the day. Sometimes I like that and if I want to, again I can play those 60s concert recordings.
A very important and massively influential band for millions of people and long may they be remembered - this DVD is a nice little treat and I like it a lot.
Is it after 'Crossroads' that Jack Bruce says "Now - that's a REAL song"? There are many 'real songs' on this DVD. I particularly like how hard the band drives on songs like 'NSU' and 'Rollin' & Tumblin'. Baker's performance backs up Eric Clapton's opinion that he is in a different league, far superior, to the other two power-trio drummers, Keith Moon and John Bonham.
I remember Cream featuring on the cover of Time magazine in 1967 or '68. As far as this somewhat conservative [and Conservative] magazine was concerned, Cream, from the land that gave them the Mersey Sound, The Dave Clark 5 and Herman's Hermits, had conquered the US with a mixture of the electric blues, which was a blank area on the musical landscape of white America at the time, and driving power-trio rock. It's great for us that Cream wrapped it all up in this superb compendium of everything they had done.
This product is a scam. The DVD does not work. It is not a 2xDVD set as they purport, and has only a few of the good tracks on it.
I do not know where you are all from, but as a musician, and a lover of music, full stop; do not sponsor these pirates. They disgust me.
Happy Christmas to you all!
Oh yes and no stars for the rich idiots (insert your own word) who imposed dvd regions on the world so they can get that much needed third yacht.
I also have the concert in memoriam for George Harrison also in Albert Hall also in blue ray. This one surpasses by far. Was so good that i ordered 2 more for gifts. Sony projector vw 85, B&W 802N, Nautilus HTM1 SW 850 , Parasound JC1 monoblocksx3, Mark Levinson 332, OPPO 95.
Jack Bruce has now sadly has passed on, so the oppertunity to see Cream in there original form will never happen again, & my God wern't they something to witness!
When Eric Clapton teamed up with the huge tallents of Jack Bruce & Ginger Baker, he was in aur of there ability as preformers & musicians.
Clapton went on to much fame & fortune, but never did he reach the pinicle of his tallent like he was when he was past of Cream.