The Farewell Tour 1968 - Cream
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Rather strange the CD does not follow the tracklist from the shows which to me seem to disrupt the flow, but of course you can program the right order.
Some tracks certainly sounds better than other sonically, but what's more important, the music is great, sometimes decisively chaotic and somewhat 'brutal', perhaps reflecting the tensions between the bandmembers. But when it gels it's really extraordinairy music, so intense and inventive, all three pushing the boundaries all the time. And all three playing at the top of their game, although Jack's vocal are slightly offkey from time to time. But his bassplaying is phenomenal and Eric and Ginger too sound in the prime of their youth.
As with the fine reunion-shows in '05 it's interesting how vastly different they can interpret the same songs from night to night. None of the versions here sound at all like it does on other releases. Especially notable is the 15 min. "Spoonful", not at all like the "Wheels..."-version.
So certainly a fine outing for Cream-fans, if you like this kind of 'official' bootleg.
- TWO of the known live cuts from the October 19th show, Politician, and Sitting on Top of the World.
- I'm So Glad, sounds like it came from the Oakland, October 4 show which also appeared on the bootleg Cream California 1968.
- Spoonful, Sunshine of Your Love and Crossroads which has appeared on many bootlegs and of unverifiable origin, are either from the first LA Forum Show of the 18th or San Diego as some experts believe. It is fairly easy to discern the sound and ambient effects associated with the different venues. Clapton is clearly using the Les Paul for Spoonful, Sunshine (I'm So Glad from the Oakland show)and Crossroads because they seem to feature a toggle switch change which the Firebird didn't have and beyond that, have a more robust tone and thickness than the Firebird which always tends to be more anemic in its tone even when being driven by dual Marshall stacks (it had one pickup).Read more ›
But the superb jam on Spoonful (spelt Spoonfull on the cd) is worth the price of the cd alone, it really is Cream at their very best.
Crossroads - Sports Arena, San Diego, CA. October 20, 1968
Sunshine Of Your Love - Sports Arena, San Diego, CA. October 20, 1968
Traintime - Sports Arena, San Diego, CA. October 20, 1968
Toad - Sports Arena, San Diego, CA. October 20, 1968
Spoonful - Sports Arena, San Diego, CA. October 20, 1968
I’m So Glad - Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA. October 4, 1968
Politician - The Forum, Inglewood, CA. October 19, 1968
Sitting On Top The World - The Forum, Inglewood, CA. October 19, 1968
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I saw cream in london at the royal albert hall in 1968, and have never seen any band come near them since then. Read morePublished 12 months ago by phil eccles
Having been a fan of the group since their formation and narrowly missing seeing them at their Albert Hall farewell concerts I love listening to their live work. Read morePublished 18 months ago by John C
This CREAM FAREWELL TOUR 1968 CD is of course a bootleg officially released by Woodstock tapes label
i am a Cream fan but wasn't sure what the sound quality would be like... Read more
Excellent classic 60's music. These recordings have a slight beckground hiss. Probably from either feedback in the recording itself or from an amplifier being overloaded, it's hard... Read morePublished on 24 July 2014 by stephen
Poor quality recordings not to be recommended better off buying the none live versions. This does no favours to the excellent music Cream created.Published on 20 Jun. 2014 by Ian C
Having been a fan in the 60's it was great to hear the band again live. The CD did not disappoint although it was 1968.Published on 29 May 2014 by aitch