Label: Warner Music Vision - 0349 70421-2,Warner Music Argentina - 0349 70421-2 • Format: 2x, DVD DVD-Video, Multichannel, NTSC • Country: Argentina • Genre: Rock • Style: Classic Rock, Psychedelic Rock
For one reason or another, Cream reunited in the spring ofsetting aside nearly 40 years of acrimony for a series of gigs at the Royal Albert Hall in May, which was later followed by a few shows at Madison Square Garden about a month after souvenirs of the London shows -- a double-CD set and a double-DVD set -- were released.
By that time, tickets for the New York concerts were long gone, which was understandable, since Cream had not only remained a legendary band, but it seemed extremely unlikely that they would ever play live again, so the chance to see the original power trio in the flesh was tempting. Fans who anxiously awaited this reunion might find the record of the event, bearing the unwieldy title Royal Albert Hall: Londona bit anticlimactic, or a mixed blessing at the very least.
Im So Glad - Cream - Royal Albert Hall - London - May 2-3-5-6 05 (DVD) a long time ago and the guys are no longer restless young psychedelic bluesmen -- at time of the concerts, Eric Clapton had just turned 60, Jack Bruce was a couple weeks shy of his 62nd birthday, Ginger Baker was Of course, they're hardly the only group of '60s veterans who have remained active -- the Rolling Stones released a new album of material a month before this live album, and they're all in their sixties, but there's a big difference between the two bands, and that's that the Stones kept playing together throughout the past four decades.
While all three members of Im So Glad - Cream - Royal Albert Hall - London - May 2-3-5-6 05 (DVD) remained relatively active Baker recently had retired to his ranch, but kept playing professionally into the '90s, even teaming up with Bruce on occasionthey never played a unit, so they're a little rusty in terms of inter-bandmember relations, which winds up making them sound their age.
Not only do they never rock as hard as the Stones do on A Bigger Bang, but Cream never approximate the Total Science - Baby Oil / Hammerhead rush of energy that the band did at its prime and there's never a sense of the push-and-pull dynamics between the three members that made the best of their lengthy jams sound alive and at times unpredictable.
Part of this is down to age, not just in the sense that they're a little bit older and a little bit slower, but because those four decades have changed their style a little. Baker is a tighter drummer, lacking the reckless, volatile energy that wound up either as thrilling or turgid. Bruce can't hit the Just Like A Woman - Van Morrison - Live At The Loreley 99 notes anymore and doesn't roam as much on the bass, but he still manages to dominate with his fluid instrumental and vocal phrasing; plus, his bass just sounds enormous, as if it could conquer the earth.
Clapton plays like a millionaire with impeccable taste, yet in this stripped-down setting, he's forced to play more than he has in years; at times, he's too refined and relies on familiar licks -- plus, his reliance on a Strat over the Gibsons that fueled his Cream sound does give this a noticeable Hugger Mugger - Yan Tregger - Pictures of heft, even if he gets a good approximation of his classic warm tone -- but there are Im Alive - Various - The Keepers Of Jericho (A Tribute To Helloween), like when he holds a single note longer than Neil Young on "Cinammon Girl," that he takes greater risks than he has in years.
So, this winds up being not necessarily exciting, but it's far from embarrassing, either, and there's a certain sense of admiration in hearing the trio pull it together for a respectable performance. In no way does this replace the group's original studio albums -- or the excellent BBC Sessions or even the patchwork live albums they released just after their breakup -- but this does act as a nice coda to their brief career.
Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date October 4, Recording Date May 2, - May 6, Track Listing - Disc 1. I'm So Glad. Skip James. Willie Dixon. Outside Woman Blues.
Blind Joe Reynolds. Sleepy Time Time. Jack Bruce. Sweet Wine. Rollin' and Tumblin'. Muddy Waters. Stormy Monday. T-Bone Walker. Deserted Cities of the Heart. Track Listing - Disc 2.
Born Under a Bad Sign. We're Going Wrong. Robert Johnson. White Room. Ginger Baker. Sunshine of Your Love. I'm So Glad Skip James.
Spoonful Willie Dixon. Rollin' and Tumblin' Muddy Waters. Stormy Monday T-Bone Walker. We're Going Wrong Jack Bruce. Crossroads Robert Johnson. Toad Ginger Baker.
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