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.