Royal Albert Hall: London May 2-3-5-6 2005

Royal Albert Hall: London May 2-3-5-6 2005

by CreamCream

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Overview

A Cream reunion was among the most hoped-for items on the collective classic rock wish list -- and, judging by the antipathy its members had shown toward the notion, one of the least likely to come to fruition. Despite the long odds, the planets aligned long enough in 2005 to bring Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker back together for a stint at London's Royal Albert Hall -- the site of the final show in their original incarnation -- that outstripped even the most optimistic forecasts. This two-disc set, which spans all four nights of the engagement, shines light on all sides of the Cream conundrum: the blues testifying, the musicianly jams, and even the underrated pop songcraft. A good portion of the collection is given over to the first aspect, with Clapton given wide berth to swing his most feral riffage like a lasso, snaring standards like "Spoonful" and "Born Under a Bad Sign" -- both of which peel back the years like an acid burning through years of paint. The passel of extended jams that vein the collection are equally effective in turning back the hands of time. On "Rollin' and Tumblin'," for instance, Bruce breaks out his harmonica to spar with Clapton, with no holds barred; "Deserted Cities of the Heart" dispenses with the 12-bar structure altogether in favor of a brawny take on psychedelia that -- while not as mind-bending as it may have seemed 30-some years ago -- still cracks open a few synapses. Most interesting of all, however, are the glimpses of succinct -- albeit high-volume -- pop offered up in versions of "White Room" and a flashy "Badge." The performances captured here make it easy to see why Cream earned so many accolades in their brief initial run; they also give off enough residual tension to make it clear that the trio ultimately had to split. At least they've left a proper farewell note this time.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/04/2005
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624941620
catalogNumber: 49416
Rank: 24357

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cream   Primary Artist
Ginger Baker   Drums,Vocals
Jack Bruce   Bass Guitar
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Skip James   Composer
Ginger Baker   Composer
William Bell   Composer
Jack Bruce   Composer
George Harrison   Composer
T-Bone Walker   Composer
Pete Brown   Composer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Simon Climie   Producer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Muddy Waters   Composer
Mike Taylor   Composer
John Van Hamersveld   Cover Art,Drawing
Martyn Atkins   Director
Blind Joe Reynolds   Composer
James Pluta   Producer
Masaki Koike   Art Direction
John Beug   Executive Producer
Scooter Weintraub   Producer
Humberto Howard   Art Direction
Janet Godfrey   Composer

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