Goodbye (Rm) (W/3 Live Tracks) Original recording remastered
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Rock's first great power trio went out with a bang. They were at their thrilling live best on Politician and I'm So Glad and came up with two more stellar originals: What a Bringdown and the hit Badge (co-written with George Harrison). A #2 LP from '69.
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The live material is pretty good, particularly "I'm So Glad" and "Politician". Jack Bruce's bass is way up in the mix and his playing on "I'm So Glad" seems to motivate both Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker as this track is up with "Crossroads" from Wheels Of Fire as their most energetic live work. "Politician" is also strong, but without the improvisation of "I'm So Glad". The live version of "Sitting On The Top Of The World" is okay, but sounds somewhat disjointed.
Of the studio tracks, only Clapton's "Badge" is among their best work and remains one of their most enduring tracks. The other tracks "Doing That Scrapyard Thing" and "What A Bringdown" sound like obvious throwaways, probably the two worst studio tracks they've ever recorded. This is probably the weakest album of their catalog. I'd recommend this only for the live version of "I'm So Glad". "Badge" is available on the on The Very Best Of Cream. If you want more of the great live stuff, I'd recommend Live Cream or especially Live Cream Volume II.
On the subject of Cream everyobdy always says Clapton, Clapton, Clapton, but what made Cream great was Jack Bruce and his invention of a unique free-form flavor of rock music that exploded the song conventions of the mid sixties. Bruce studied classical music at university until he was driven to drop out by the narrow-mindedness of his teachers. But in school he learned a love of Bach's use of multiple melodies working in counterpoint--which led to the three-ring circus effect in Cream's music of Bruce playing interesting, dramatic, creative bass lines underneath Clapton's guitar solos, while Ginger Baker did interesting things on the drums.
Jack Bruce and Cream drummer Ginger Baker were also students of the free-form jazz and rock invented in the U.S. in the late 1950s and in the 60s. They followed Ornette Coleman (see the album Friends and Neighbors--it came out later but it was the culmination of Coleman's "Free Jazz" style); they also listened to the Grateful Dead (who were influenced by Ornette Coleman as well--check out the Dead's Blues for Allah as well as "Ladies and Gentlemen"). Cream influenced Miles Davis's free-form style (Miles's best stuff in this genre was on Live Evil and also On the Corner; it started with In A Silent Way and then Bitches Brew).
Clapton was a great musician but for him it's been downhill since this album Goodbye. Before Cream was started, Clapton was in John Mayall's blues band (check out the wonderful Blues Breakers album), and Mayall made Clapton practise for 8 hours a day, which make him simply an assassin on the guitar. When Clapton joined Jack Bruce, who persuaded him to use his expert playing in a free-form style, Clapton soared.Read more ›
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Underrated. Creams live performances are always great no exception with the ones included. However the studio side i found truly amazing. Considering people dismiss them. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mitchell T S
This is a good Cream album!!! Not as great as Wheels Of Fire or Disreali Gears, but it's still good!!! Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2004 by Jason P. Pumphrey
the four studio tracks - anyone for tennis, badge, scrapyard thing and what a bring down - makes this album worth buying (i was actually very surpised to see a few reviews trash... Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2003
This is Cream's last album, and it's decent, but it's not as good as the other albums like Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire. Read morePublished on July 25 2003
Over 30 years later and the album still has an intensity you don't find in much of todays music. But then again,there have been few bands in music like Cream. Read morePublished on March 18 2003
As The Grateful Dead was more famous for their live shows, this album illustrates the amazing power with Cream's live shows.
Their best work was with the long jams. Read more
This supergroup recorded two (mainly) studio albums,FRESH CREAM,and DISRAELI GEARS, and then a studio/live mix WHEELS ON FIRE. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2001 by Hans Castorp
Goodbye is generally agreed upon as the weakest of Cream's albums, but it is still very, very good. The live tracks, as stated before, are phenomenal. Read morePublished on May 13 2000 by FairiesWearBoots8272