Friday, April 23, 2021

Cream Say "Goodbye" Once Again With A New Double-Vinyl Release "Live At The Forum"

In the fall of 1968, supergroup Cream (Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce) set out on their farewell tour. Their short time together burned so bright that it only lasted for three years. Cream gave us such classic rock anthems as "White Room," "Sunshine Of Your Love" and many unmatched versions of "Crossroads." Back in February 2020, a four-CD set was released, featuring four of Cream's final shows, which took place in Oakland, Los Angeles, San Diego and London. A few of the songs performed from these shows were also used for Cream's final album "Goodbye."

Now on April 23rd, for the very first time, UMe/Polydor will release Cream's final show at the Los Angeles Forum on limited edition blue colored vinyl. This is the complete show from October 19, 1968 and was mastered from the original 1968 analog mix reels by Kevin Reeves for this release. At this show, Cream were at their absolute best, with Jack Bruce belting out the lyrics to "Politian," while Clapton and Baker teamed-up to keep the groove going. Listening to this show, you can hear how these three individual styles came together to create some timeless masterpieces, like the nine-minute "I'm So Glad" and the equally epic "Traintime." The short blast of "Crossroads" showcases the power of this three-headed musical monster, while "Toad" is the perfect reminder of how great of a drummer Ginger Baker was. The show wraps up with one of the greatest renditions of "Spoonful" I've ever heard. Cream take this Willie Dixon original and turn it into one of their signature tracks, as each member allows their musical souls to get taken over by the song's pure blues sound. To find out more about this new limited edition blue colored double-vinyl set "Goodbye Tour - Live At The Forum 1968," please visit udiscovermusic.com/collections/cream.

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