Cream's Final Tour Set For Four-Disc Retrospective
Set for release on February 7th, is the four-CD, special edition of Cream's Goodbye Tour Live 1968. The collection features 36 tracks -- including 29 making their first appearance on CD -- recorded during Cream's farewell U.S. tour in October 1968, along with the band's last show that November 26th at London's Royal Albert Hall. Cream's Goodbye Tour Live 1968 includes 19 previously unreleased tracks, as well as a further 10 tracks from the Royal Albert Hall show, which have only ever been available on DVD. Rolling Stone editor David Fricke wrote the set's liner notes chronicling Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker's last live dates as full-on collective unit.
Among the classic Cream tracks included within the four discs are "White Room," "Politician," "Crossroads," "Sunshine Of Your Love," "Toad," "I'm So Glad, and many more. According to the press release, "For all pre-orders, there will be free downloads made available with "Sunshine Of Your Love" (Live At Oakland Coliseum Arena, California / 1968), followed by "Crossroads" (Live At The San Diego Sports Arena / 1968) on January 13th, 2020."
The original February 1969 release of Cream's Goodbye combined live performances from their last tour dates with a handful of studio recordings, hitting Number One in the UK and peaking at Number Two Stateside.
In the film of Cream's 1968 farewell concert at London's Royal Albert Hall, Jack Bruce spoke about the role volume played in Cream's then-recent gigs: "Suddenly, about two or three years ago, the ideas of dynamics and balance and things changed; I think mainly because of these giant amplifiers were developed. And it's just something that's in its infancy, really. It's something that affects the audience in a physical way, as well as in a mental way. In an audience, especially in a small place -- smaller than this, this size -- you get an actual physical feeling of the, the amount of volume that's coming out, and it's exciting."