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Cream, the legendary band of Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton, performed for the first time in 37 years in May 2005. One of the most highly anticipated reunions in rock, the concert at London's Royal Albert Hall-where the band played its farewell show November 26, 1968-returned to the stage the trio that forever changed rock 'n' roll. Now the best of those historic peformances are available on Royal Albert Hall London May 2-3-5-6 2005. Reprise. 2005.
After a 37 year absence Cream reformed in May 2005 for a series of concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, the stage of their last UK performance. As befitting a trio whose focus was always squarely on the music, they emerge to no fanfare, briefly test their instruments and launch into the perfectly apt "I'm So Glad." Drawing from each of their four studio albums, they revisit the songs for their inherent resonance and as a springboard for their instrumental interplay. There's no need to update the material, as it all still fits each of the three men like a thousand dollar suit. Bruce's vocals still soar with operatic bearing, Clapton sounds energized, freed from the production cushioning on his own recordings, and Baker, now in his mid-sixties, can still dazzle with his solo turn on "Toad." --David Greenberger
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Expectations were high, almost impossibly high, given the legendary reputation of the group. However, as they explained in the interview on the DVD edition of the concert, it was not simply a replica of the music they had created four decades ago. Sensibly, they didn't try to recreate the music, no longer were they a power trio, using stacks of amps and playing at a blistering pace, whose virtuosity meant that they were improvising almost continuously. (The first example this had happened in rock/blues, although there are precedents in jazz-The Bill Evans Trio with Scott La Faro and Paul Motion.)
Instead of the power trio whose members appeared to be competing with each other, a more mellow group appeared; one that was more cohesive and unified because they weren't in competition. In these concerts, you can hear them listening and responding to each other,playing in a more mature and refined style. The highlights are the slow blues: 'Sleepy Time Time', Willie Dixon's 'Spoonful', and T. Bone Walker's 'Stormy Monday'. 'We're Going Wrong' is superior to the original on 'Disraeli Gears' and Capton's playing in particular is more incisive. The only song missing is 'Tales of Brave Ulysses', which did appear then they played in New York.
Clapton's playing has developed and Bruce's vocals are still evocative, although some of the soaring heights he once reached are no longer within reach. His fluid, dynamic bass runs are still to the fore, while Baker's propulsive style has been paired down to its essentials, hampered possibly by arthritis, but still mightily effective.
Bruce has said he would like the three to reform to work on a studio album, and if touring is out of the question, this may be the best opportunity for the another reform. There's no reason why three improvising musicians of this caliber can't produce memorable music. A few originals, some blues standards, the potential is enormous. They should produce more music together, more often, and not confine themselves to revisiting the past is a mouthwatering prospect.