Farewell Concert Review

artist: Cream date: 06/19/2007 category: dvd

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Cream: Farewell Concert
Release Date: October 4, 2005
Cream's 2005 reunion (after a mere 37 years apart) was big news and a very hot ticket. But anyone wondering what the fuss was all about is unlikely to get much enlightenment from Cream - Farewell Concert.
 Sound: 9
 Content: 9.5
 Production Quality: 7
 Overall Impression: 8.5
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overall: 7.8
Farewell Concert Reviewed by: NY773, on november 06, 2006
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Sound: The Cream sound as cohesive as ever. Eric Clapton plays at the top of his game, with intriguing solos and beautiful riffs. Jack Bruce is a little sporatic singing-wise, but it's a sign that he's trying to have some fun. His basslines are terrific and blend well into the band's sound. Ginger Baker is fantastically masterful on the double-bass drum, and puts together incredible beats for his bandmates to follow. The overall sound quality of the songs themselves, however, leaves a little to be desired. // 8

Content: This DVD features the original broadcast TV version of the Cream's final concert together at Royal Albert Hall. It also features an extended version with more songs and interviews. The set list goes a little like this: 01. Sunshine Of Your Love 02. White Room 03. Crossroads 04. Politician 05. Stepping Out 06. Sitting On Top Of The World 07. Toad 08. I'm So Glad This is discluding the band interviews and improvisations they perform. I could've done with "Strange Brew" and "Tales Of Brave Ulysses", but this set list is awesome anyway. // 9

Production Quality: The quality is the Achilles' heel of this DVD. There are a bunch of missing frames during the interviews in which frames of the bandmates are placed. During some songs, you see this extremely psychedelic imagery overlapping with the footage of the concert. A lot of it is very shoddy and some camera angles flat-out suck. There's a lot of zooming in and out during solos, which can give you a headache. But when none of this is happening, the concert is beautifully photographed and way ahead of it's time (1968). // 6

Overall Impression: I've seen some of the "May 2-3-5-6, 2005" concert, and that has much better production. But that's forgivable, it was 1968 and that one was 2005. I loved the sound of the music. It'll sound stupid to say this, but I couldn't get enough of the interviews. When you see these giants of rock music being told to demonstrate some of their techniques and hear their thoughts on the world, you'll be impressed. I obviously wasn't satisfied with the production quality. If it were stolen or lost, I'd probably end up buying it again, but not before I bought the Reunion concerts DVD. // 8

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overall: 9.3
Farewell Concert Reviewed by: JustinYap, on june 19, 2007
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Sound: I have always been a big fan of Cream, and this was of course, their last concert in Britain together as Cream. The sound is as good as it can get out of a recording from the '60s (the concert was recorded in 1968). Cream are a loud, psychedelic, rock n roll band, and the DVD, I think, captures the sound and energy of the band beautifully. Unfortunately though, this concert is slightly below the high standard of the band's live performances due to the friction between Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker accumulated over the non-stop touring. But nonetheless, this is a great example of the improvisational masterpieces these three men are capable of creating. // 10

Content: The DVD features an 80 minute long feature length version and a 45 minute TV version. It shows Robert Stingwood interviewing Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker (in order) between the footage of the show. There were a few of my favourites that were left out like "Tales of Brave Ulysses" but you can ask for everything. And I am still pretty satisfied with the song list. The DVD also feature a small "scrapbook" of pictures of the bandmembers and their autographs. It also includes profiles of the bandmembers in their own handwriting, which I think is pretty cool. // 10

Production Quality: This show was filmed in 1968, and so the quality isn't the best. One thing that at times got to me a bit was the camera-work. At about halfway through the DVD, really psychedelic looking effects started appearing that I actually really liked. But again, the quality of the film and sound is what to be expected of something filmed in the '60s, so I can't really complain. What seemed a bit weird to me though was that the 80 minute long feature length version had better visual quality than the 40 minute TV version. // 8

Overall Impression: This really is value for money. To me, the show itself was the best part. One thing I didn't like was the narrator, Robert Stingwood, I don't like his commentary. And also the way he asked questions in the interviews. This DVD is definitely worth buying if you're a fan of '60s rock. // 9

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