Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Cream: Live at the Royal Albert Hall











Title: Cream: Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Type: HD-30 Dual Layer Disc
Studio: Rhino Home Entertainment
Release Date: November 14, 2006
Country: US
Region:
Video: 1080i/VC-1
Audio: English DTS 5.1 Surround (640kbps)
English PCM 2.0 Stereo (1.5mbps)
Subtitles: English Closed Captions
Bonuses: Bonus Tracks
Interviews
Photo by: AVIS

About: They step onto the stage of London's Royal Albert Hall: Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, and Eric Clapton. The capacity crowd, which includes Sean Penn and Jude Law, stands to greet them. Thirty-seven years after their farewell concert, the famously fiery Cream did the unthinkable--they reunited. This double-disc collection (and accompanying CD set) captures highlights from the historic four-day engagement, beginning with a buoyant "I'm So Glad" and ending with a triumphant "Sunshine of Your Love." It would be churlish to suggest that Cream appears exactly as they did in the 1960s (Bruce looks a little frail), but the legendary power trio still has the goods. Bruce is still the essence of soul (a particularly rich vocal on "Politician"), while Baker is as irrepressible as ever (a rare vocal on "Pressed Rat and Warthog," percussive tour-de-force "Toad"). Then there's Clapton, who remains as much a master of the guitar as of understatement. "Thanks for waiting all these years," he quips after a slow-burning "Outside Woman Blues," then adds, "We're going to do every song we know." The track listing is, indeed, generous, despite the absence of such Cream classics as "I Feel Free," "Strange Brew," and "Tales of Brave Ulysses." All told, there are 22 songs plus three alternate takes--and not a bad one in the bunch. --Kathleen C. Fennessy




HighDefDigest
Video: 4.5
Audio: 4
Supplements: 1.5
HD Bonus: 0
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