Goodbye Tour – Live 1968 (4Cd)
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Audio CD, 6 March 2020
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- Product Dimensions : 24.21 x 25.1 x 2.21 cm; 866.08 Grams
- Manufacturer : POLYDOR
- Manufacturer reference : POR7795299.2
- Original Release Date : 2020
- Label : POLYDOR
- ASIN : B07ZWBMD3D
- Number of discs : 4
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4-CD, special edition of Cream s Goodbye Tour Live 1968. 36 tracks, including 29 making their first appearance on CD, recorded during Cream s farewell tour of the U.S. in October 1968 and their final UK date at London s Royal Albert Hall on 26th November of that same year. There are a total of 19 previously unreleased tracks, and a further 10 tracks from the Royal Albert Hall show, which have only ever been available on DVD. Rolling Stone magazine s David Fricke supplies insightful liner notes, chronicling the group s collective musical genius and their legendary final tour. On its original release in February 1969, Goodbye, which combined live performances from their last tour dates with a handful of studio recordings, rose to the UK no. 1 slot and to no. 2 on the U.S. Billboard chart. This new expanded edition comprises three U.S. concerts; Oakland Coliseum, Los Angeles Forum, San Diego Sports Arena alongside London s Royal Albert Hall. It captures Cream at their virtuosic best, at the end but also at the height of their career. With Cream, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton, set the template for not only the supergroup but also the power trio , with their innate musical talent and brilliance. Only coming together as Cream in July 1966, they shone briefly but blindingly brightly throughout two trailblazing years.
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Cream were effectively the first Rock mega band. Sunshine of Your Love had peaked at 6 on the charts, had only one TV appearance in the US but were enormously successful concert band as a result of word of mouth. They had effectively broken up in early 1968 but continued to tour. After the tour was completed they split but were convinced to do a final tour to promote Wheels of Fire. This tour became the model for future rock mega bands: $6,000 booking fee, 50% of the gross with a minimum of $20,000 (1968 $!). (Following in 1969 Hendrix could get up to $20,000 and The Who, Jefferson Airplane, The Doors - $10,000). It was unprecedented for pop/rock but with matching ticket price increases. Bookings were not a problem – 20 shows in large venues over a relatively leisurely month.
Four west coast shows were scheduled to be recorded – Oakland, L.A. Forum (2) and San Diego Sports Arena. The problem was Atlantic sub contracted the recording and shortcuts were taken. They were 2 Track recordings off the P.A. soundboard. Not necessarily a problem except they direct tapped the amps for simplicity, which was OK for the PA (just reinforcing the stacks) but producing an anaemic unbalanced sound for the recordings. The drums were unbalanced as well.
Even so the sound of this is the best I’ve heard but still can only be classed as good bootleg quality.
The Oakland show was a bit shambolic but with some interesting variations to subsequent shows – they did a perfunctory rehearsal at the soundcheck. This does not include the Friday night Forum concert, probably to keep the box simple and really it would have added little – the Saturday show was better. Its worth noting that the Forum Spoonful is edited – in the middle the police interrupted to order the crowd to sit down, Cream restarted as if nothing had happened (you can hear the police still telling the crowd to sit down). It includes the complete Albert Hall 2nd show mono recorded on 16mm film. The distinct sound of an optical track can be heard at the start. Uninspired but includes a very short Stepping Out encore.
Only reasonable recordings and adequate Cream live. But adequate Cream is a cut above most. Having these shows in best sound, compared to the boots, in a nice bxs and good booklet is well worth it for us old fans.
but not all 4 concerts sound excellent so not worth paying $100 for it
Disc 1 is the Oakland coliseum California Oct 4 not going to type the whole tracklisting
but i can say the sound quality does sound excellent has been Digital remastered for sure probably 9/10
Disc 2 is Los Angeles Forum oct 19 is also soundboard recorded and has been Digital remastered aswell
sound quality is also excellent bass Drums and Guitar are evenly balanced so about 9/10
Disc 3 is San Diego sports arena Oct 20 and again is soundboard and also very good Digital remaster
sound quality is very Good about 8/10 for quality
Disc 4 is Royal albert Hall London Nov 26 this concert was pro shot filmed by the BBC
and has been available to buy on DVD for many years
so this Disc 4 is the soundboard recording of the BBC filmed concert
but tragically the quality is very poor and has not been Digital remastered for some reason
and Honestly the tracks sound like they've been directly transferred from a VHS copy onto CD
with no cleaning or remastering of the tracks so about 5/10 for sound quality
the packaging of this 4 disc set is Hard cover book with rare photos and new liner notes about the Goodbye tour 1968 so Honestly cause of the sound quality of the 4 concerts the cost is not worth $100
somewhere between $50-$100 but definitelty not $100 so 3 full stars i give this new cd reissue
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48 hrs ago it was available for £35.69. I snapped it up immediately. I expected a delayed delivery due to the lock down. Further, there are many purchasers on this site claiming they ordered this item weeks and months ago and it has not been delivered to them. To my astonishment, I received an email yesterday informing me that the item was on its way! It has just been delivered to my home. One of the quickest purchases I have had on Amazon. Go figure. So, keep the faith, the orders are coming through.
Amazed2: Cream were, for me, arguably the first ‘supergroup’, one of the best improvising rock bands of all time on a good night and left behind a series of widely known and loved rock songs (Sunshine of your Love, White Room, Strange Brew, I Feel free, Badge etc.) . They blended, blues, jazz, improvisation, psychedelia, pop and occasional flurry into folk seamlessly, creating, for some us, an exciting and new mix, later pursued into territories of heavy rock and prog. Each member of the band was arguably at the peak of his powers during the group’s brief history. They were one of my primary inspirations when I formed my group and also for my solo work as a guitarist/songwriter. While the sonic quality of this disc set may be of variable audio quality (it was recorded in 1968 after all!), and I have yet to listen to these mastered CDs, having heard parts of the material before on previous releases and bootlegs, the musicianship and excitement of the performances sears through the mix and that, for me, is what counts. Truly inspirational. I was fortunate enough to see them in concert in 2005 at RAH and, although they were a little subdued compared to their first incarnation, their ensemble, telepathic playing was as evident as ever and is illustrated even further, on these performances from 1968. I regard such a disc set as a document of a golden era which demonstrated skill, musicianship, entertainment and creativity within the world of popular music, the level of which I doubt I will see again in my lifetime. Therefore I am thankful it was recorded, in whatever form, for posterity.
Much has been said about the quality of the recordings, especially those from the Albert Hall, but overall I was pleasantly surprised. The sound quality does vary from cd to cd, but that can easily be down to such things as venue, available pa equipment etc. The Albert Hall was renowned for its echo, but I think they've done a pretty good job here, because it sounds a good bit better than the film version (albeit that that was done in 1969!). Personally, I think all 4 CDs are as good as we might expect from recordings that are nearly 52 years old!
The price of this package has changed significantly since it was released (up to £55 at one point!), and I purchased it for £35.99, which I still think is a bit too high. Luckily, I had an Amazon gift voucher, so that helped! I probably would not have bought it without the voucher, but I have to say I'm pleased I did, as it is a great souvenir - I still have my ticket stub from the Royal Albert Hall!
Having said that, at these sort of prices it is probably one for the collectors.