Royal Albert Hall - London May 2-3-5-6 2005 Review

artist: Cream date: 11/29/2006 category: dvd

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Cream: Royal Albert Hall - London May 2-3-5-6 2005
Release Date: October 4, 2005
This DVD documents Cream's momentous London shows. Performances from each of the four nights are featured and much more. Also included are alternate performances and interviews with Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, and Eric Clapton.
 Sound: 9.5
 Content: 9
 Production Quality: 9
 Overall Impression: 9.5
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overall: 10
Royal Albert Hall - London May 2-3-5-6 2005 Reviewed by: claptonfan55, on august 22, 2006
5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Sound: In this DVD, Cream proves they still are true rock gods. They may sound a little older (they're all 60+ years old now), but their playing has matured greatly since they broke up in 1968. All three of them had great tones coming from their amps and drum kits. The music was top-notch, even though they didn't launch into a 20 minute jams (which I think is makes their music today better, because attention spans have gotten much shorter over the years). The music is bluesy throughout the whole DVD and it shows the three, in my opinion, at a point equal to their careers in the original Cream. I love every song they put on this DVD, and the way the songs hold up in today's world. // 10

Content: This DVD features songs from the Cream reunion concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in early May 2005. It is both a live concert DVD and a "Best Of" collection. The band plays most of their best songs, like "White Room," "Spoonful," "Crossroads," and of course, "Sunshine Of Your Love." The performances are culled from 4 nights of music, and there are alternate performances of "Sleepy Time Time," "We're Going Wrong," and "Sunshine Of Your Love." They even play "Stormy Monday," a song Cream had never played before. Their set list was awesome!! The only song that they should've done was "Tales of Brave Ulysses," and maybe "SWLABR." Their are also interviews with Eric, Jack, and Ginger about Cream in the past and Cream in the present. // 10

Production Quality: The production quality of this DVD is excellent. The picture is perfectly clear, as is the sound. The cameramen also got some good camera angles during the performances. There is one part in a song (sorry, don't remember which one) in which the camera is shaking and out of focus for a few seconds, but that's not a problem. // 10

Overall Impression: OMG, this DVD is the best concert DVD of 2005! Each performance on the film proves that Cream is still one of the best bands to play music. The instrumental interplay proves they are still in touch with each other musically, even after 37 years of being separated. I love everything about this DVD and if it were stolen or lost, I would buy it again so fast peoples' heads would spin. // 10

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overall: 8.5
Royal Albert Hall - London May 2-3-5-6 2005 Reviewed by: Sloopy, on november 29, 2006
0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Sound: Cream is back! The original three reunited for a few shows at London's Royal Albert Hall. They show was awesome. I have a friend that was there and urged me to buy the DVD. I must it's a great buy, they leave song as it is without shorting any solos or anything. Their mix of blues and rock 'n' roll is just just plain great. Highlights include Ginger Baker's drum solo (Toad), I Feel Free, and as always Sunshine Of Your Love. Keep rockin' Cream, we love you. // 9

Content: It's a live concert DVD, imalgamated from two or three RAH dates in 2005. The set isn't bad, all the hits are played to a screaming audience. I have no complaints with anything. The packaging and menus are stunningly decorated and well useable. There is not much other stuff to feature except for the run of the mill interviews and "Making Of" featurettes that are of course on every concert DVD these days. // 8

Production Quality: The music is quite clear and the mixing is done superbly. They just play their music and let everythin else work itself out. Not many tech tricks are used though and after a few views it does get a bit dull. The production quality on the DVD is satisfactory, but is nothing different than other concert DVDs. // 8

Overall Impression: This DVD is a Cream masterpiece! Their other DVD doesn't even compare! I really love the mix of songs on the DVD and the good use of Clapton's soloing and Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker's tight rhythm sound, and all these guys are 55+! If anybody stole this I would easily buy it again or steal it back. // 9

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