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Never go back?
on 21 June 2012
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 when it came out. However, learning to play bass, everyone starts with a simplified version of 'Sunshine Of Your Love' don't they?
So looking on U-tube for Cream vids I came across excerpts from this concert which I found simply stunning and bought the CD. I am not a qualified musician to comment on the quality of the playing, but for me I can't fault it. These are three virtuoso players and to these ears, I think they are playing better than ever and just as importantly with an emotional intensity that I was not expecting. Yeah, Bruce can't reach those falsetto highs that he used to as on 'We're Going Wrong', but rather than simply being re-treads and going through the motions, this seems to be a happy reunion where all three enjoy being back and playing together. The band are tight and although the sound is a little muddy to these ears, there is a real grunge feel to some of the tracks to the extent that there seems to be some distortion, but hey that's rock and roll.
I simply love this album and given the quality of the vids I will invest in the DVD too.
There is no substitute for class and this is class with a capital C for Clapton. I've never really liked anything he did after Cream, or thought his reputation was totally deserved, but I am an idiot. His playing is simply stunning, backed by a nice grungy bass and a dynamic Ginger Baker, who despite professing to be very nervous about this gig, plays superbly.
If you like Cream you probably already have this. If you don't have it, perhaps because like me, you feared it would damage your image of them, don't worry, this kicks like you wouldn't believe. Get it and enjoy.