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An Amazing Collection of B, B and C at the BBC
on 17 April 2003
Baker, Bruce and Clapton - these sessions have long been available on bootleg, but these have been cleared up somewhat and presented in an official release after a very long wait. Wonderful to have them surface together again.
Concise (by Cream's standard) performances of some of their classics allow different takes of their studio versions whilst not stretching into long improvised jams they employed on tour. I love to see both the short and extended versions of such songs but for some these renditions may be more digestable than some of their live marathon epics!
The tracks are from either the BBC tapes or from off-air recordings with digital enhancement. A newly discovered "Crossroads" is included, but 2 or 3 off-air tracks that could be found on bootlegs aren't included here perhaps for lack of quality (Toad and Sleepy Time Time).
Interview segments only include Clapton as he was pressed forward as the front man by management even if he was very much part of a trio and mostly sang backing vocals and played behind Jack Bruce's frontmanship. And if you're wondering why BBC sessions always include the announcers over the music, that's because that's how they are on the original tapes!
Coupled with the boxed set "Those Were The Days", the Farewell Concert DVD and the Fresh Live Cream DVD, this is pretty much all that is out there for this mighty pioneer.
Quite simply, if you like Cream, or the blues or simply a Clapton fan, you won't be sorry purchasing this. A slight lack of fidelity mean 4 stars instead of 5, but more than listenable and rewarding.