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Royal Albert Hall, London, May 2-3-4-5, 2005 [Live]

Cream Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Oct 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,883 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
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'
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Born Under A Bad Sign
2. We're Going Wrong
3. Crossroads
4. White Room
5. Toad
6. Sunshine Of Your Love
7. Sleepy Time Time

Product Description

Cream were, as has been reasonably argued, the world's first supergroup. Less contestably, they remain the best-ever supergroup until this day. When guitar deity Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger (actually he's more silver these days) Baker reconvened for some box-office busting comeback shows at the Royal Albert Hall in 2005--some 37 years after the band had waved farewell at the very same venue--expectations ran high and the faithful weren't left short-changed.

Royal Albert Hall is a splendid souvenir of a band who got their vibe back together for love, self-satisfaction and nostalgia. Nowhere is there any attempt to compromise the band's integrity, redefine the formula or extend the hand of friendship to a younger generation by toning down some of the more indulgent extravagances of their original era. You get the blues (in the case of "Stormy Weather" gloriously so, Clapton's fretwork is electric), psychedelia ("NSU"), that leviathan nine minute drum solo (Ginger's "Toad"), a novelty tune (Ginger's Kenneth Grahame on acid ditty "Pressed Rat and Warthog") and anthems of the magnitude of "Badge" and "Sunshine Of Your Love".

For a more comprehensive assessment of Cream's legacy to rock, novices ought to start with the recent I Feel Free: UIltimate Cream compilation but as reunions go Royal Albert Hall gives longstanding fans of Cream plenty to lap up. --Kevin Maidment

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2CD ...London May 2-3 2005

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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 37 years is a long time... 25 Oct 2005
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And comparisons between three men in their early twenties and their early sixties are just ridiculous... so forget all that and take this album for what it is. Which is what? Well first off it's most definitely not - as Eric Clapton quite rightly says in the DVD release of these concerts - some bizarre attempt to recreate Cream as they were, rather, three musicians seizing on an opportunity to celebrate the music they played all those years ago... different skills, different equipment, different sound, different world.

And the result... well it's got its up & downs and there's no doubt, and no surprise, that Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker can't play with the speed and intensity they did when they were "powerhouse" young men, but, in the end it's not only a pretty good record of their concerts but an excellent album in its own right. And if comparisons need to be made then the truth is that Eric Clapton's playing on a number of the cuts is technically better and more exciting than the originals, that his (and to a lesser extent Jack Bruce's) voice has a maturity & depth that's more suited to their straight Blues and R&B numbers, and... that at least three (arguably more) of the tracks - "Crossroads", "We're Going Wrong" & "Sleepy Time Time" - are actually better than their original album versions. Plus you get a superb interpretation of "Stormy Monday", featuring Clapton playing at his very best, and a genuinely moving rendition of "Badge" with its quite chilling power-chord gap where George Harrison's solo should be.

Good enough then and much better than you could reasonably expect after all this time. Better still buy the DVD version, with its stunning camera-work & sound, where it's all put into context.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars too late? 7 April 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Dear "a music fan" (january 20th 2006)
what exactly do you know about guitars? or amplifiers?
The band were fantastic, considering they are all pushing 60.
For your interest Eric was using a Fender Stratocastor with noiseless pickups and a maple neck (another black Strat with Lace Sensor pickups)and a Fender'57 tweed Twin amp,in a stack, with a spare on top (only used on "Sunshine Of Your Love") and a Leslie speaker.
The Leslie had a separate preamp, used to balance out tone and volumes with the amp when used together.
How you can say the guitar sounded badly is the talk of bedlam, it's blues not rock n roll. As quoted by Ginger Baker "cream was never rock and roll, two of us were jazz musicians and eric is a blues player" it's supposed to sound that way.
and as Clapton has performed for nearly 50 years now, whats good enough for him is good enough for me, and for someone to criticise his choice of instrument/amplifier (bearing in mind he has had alot of experience with both) is foolishness
on a brighter note, the album and reunion concert were excellent..let's hope we have time for just one more so I can get a ticket this time!
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18 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Eric ,Jack and Ginger ! 26 Oct 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Fantastic stuff Clapton's blues lead languid,powerful and inventive , Bruce countermelodies which still makes the band sound way beyond 3 players and Baker underscores solid with lovely polys and breaks.I was there in 68 and in 05 , 68 was power , 05 is finesse but both were 100 % Cream . Few players today could reach these musical standards of technical skill and emotional honesty.Bravo Cream and thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really good buy. 9 Feb 2014
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I should have been at this Concert so it was with some trepidation that I bought it. All I can say is that it is one of the best live albums recorded (the dvd is first class as well) along with Led Zep's Celebration Day. A must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars cd 28 Dec 2013
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great my brother loved it. he was over the moon that I bought it for him for xmas. great purchase
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cream 6 Nov 2013
By Phil
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Timeless band with timeless music, my son who's in his 30's prefers this music, this is Cream at their height, though I do think as with all bands then & now they filled some of their albums with the odd track that wasn't 'up to their usual standard' just to fill the album up.
This album though is BRILLIANT they must have spent months filtering out numbers so that they didn't waste one moment of the re-union wish I could have been there as they were part of my youth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 20 Aug 2013
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What can I say - I love it. I already owned the DVD of this show so thought I should have the CD as well. The quality is excellent and it sounds great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Its still cream 8 July 2013
By rjsaxby
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Good to have a modern sound and Clapton still dose his bits , but vocally the high notes are just too far for them now.
Good to have as part of your Cream collection but still not as raw and angry as the origianal sound.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cream Live Concert
Saw the concert on Sky Arts and wanted to get the CD, I wasn't disappointed, good addition to my collection
Published 9 months ago by uptonjack
5.0 out of 5 stars Cream at their best
Bought this as ive been a cream fan for far more years than i care to remember,unfortunately i couldnt get tikets to the concerts
so bought this off Amazon as a reminder. Read more
Published 10 months ago by russell green
5.0 out of 5 stars cream:rah2-5-5-05
wished i could've afforded to see them live,have watched the recording of the combined shows on sky arts1.
had to have the cd brilliant.
Published 15 months ago by ronald g prior
3.0 out of 5 stars sour cream
Like many of the previous reviewers I too am a commited Cream fan but this reunion is a disappointment.
It's too plodding, stodgy and, lets face it, codgerly. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Adrian Rumble
5.0 out of 5 stars Never go back?
I don't normally like reunions. Sometimes, bands should leave their body of work as their legacy, and given the variability of the contemporary live albums I ignored this release... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Philip Rudge
4.0 out of 5 stars Cream Royal Albert Hall
Before I bought this I had read some less than flattering reviews, I have to say after listening to this album alongside the other Albert Hall concert "Goodbye Cream 1969" that I... Read more
Published 22 months ago by David Hodgson
4.0 out of 5 stars cream
Cream at the Albert Hall, is absolutely brilliant, golden oldies, redone magically. Well worth a listen,go on, take a trip down memory lane.
Published on 16 Dec 2011 by mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music from a Great Group
Cream are from my era and I was always a adoring fan of theirs (sorry not going to mention the year/years or era - don't need to be reminded of how the years are passing!!). Read more
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