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'Cornbread'By Cornbread

Cream – Royal Albert Hall, LondonCream – Royal Albert Hall, London May 2-3-5-6 2005
{2005 | Reprise/Warner}

One of the most highly anticipated reunions in music; Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton, performed four nights at London's Royal Albert Hall which is also where the band played its farewell show November 26, 1968 some 37 years earlier. This double CD highlights these performances with nineteen tracks.

Cream formed in 1966 and disbanded in 1968. With the exception of a brief reunion set at their 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cream had not played together in nearly four decades. These two discs contain sixties rock, British blues, killer Clapton guitar solos although with less intensity than in the sixties. Jack Bruce is awesome on bass, he sings (less than prior) and plays harmonica. Ginger Baker drumming is excellent. Ginger is credited for developing the booming drum sound.

The songs;
1) I’m So Glad, 2) Spoonful, 3) Outside Woman Blues, 4) Pressed Rat & Warthog, 5) Sleepy Time Time, 6) N.S.U., 7) Badge, 8) Politician, 9) Sweet Wine, 10)
Rollin’ & Tumblin’, 11) Stormy Monday, 12) Deserted Cities Of The Heart, 13) Born Under A Bad Sign, 14) We’re Going Wrong, 15) Crossroads, 16) White Room, 17) Toad, 18) Sunshine Of Your Love and 19) Sleepy Time Time – alternative

Ginger Baker tosses us a couple of surprises; the good – the song "Toad" is a nine minute drum solo, the bad – Baker singing "Pressed Rat & Warthog".

There is no shortage of blues here from T-Bone’s "Stormy Monday" to Willie Dixon’s "Spoonful" and Muddy Water’s "Rollin’ & Tumblin’" or Robert Johnson’s "Crossroads", plus Creams own original blues stuff. Actually, if it’s any indication 17 of the 19 tracks have made my iPod. I loved this CD. I’d go as far as say I like this fresh mix versus the older versions.

Cornbread says, get the CD – it’s awesome! There is also a DVD release of these shows too.

Ciao' for now, peace.
Peter 'Cornbread' Cohen, CBP
~ Cornbread@STLBlues.net ~

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