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I was looking forward to hearing this release of Creams farewell tour. The tracks that were previously released on Goodbye and live Cream showed some of this content.Unlike most bands Cream live were a totally improvising band and songs could vary enormously from night to night. This set confirms this . The various versions of Crossroads ,Spoonful , I'm so glad and Sitting on top of the world vary considerably in the attitude of the participating improvisers. Better and worse , It demonstrates how much good players were prepared to roll the dice . No other band took such chances live.
CREAM'S GOODBYE TOUR 1968 CD BOXSET has 4 soundboard recordings first time ever official released 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
Amazed 1: This item has been available, on and off for several months on this site, ranging from around £40 to £100+. I have been monitoring its availability and price for some time on this site.
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.
This is a very nicely packaged box set, with a quality book containing photos of the band (quite a few of which I haven't seen before), information about the music on the 4 CDs, and reprints of various relevant artefacts (ticket stubs, reviews, music press articles etc). 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.
I bought this box set with great expectations. I was very disappointed with the poor implementation of the Royal Albert Hall recordings, because I was particularly looking forward to them. In my opinion, the recording studio responsible for the post-processing of the sound could have tried a little more. Even the sound of my old "Last Concert DVD" is better than that.