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Cream - Oakland Day Final Remasters

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Scan submitted/created by [lemonjello]
HQ Scans:
Publisher: N/A
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Booklet & packaging :
Total duration: 70:51

Comments
This concert is from a rough-mix reference tape (copied off the multi-track for listening/reviewing purposes) of the concert.

The first show of Cream’s US “Farewell Tour”. Some sources list the venue as “Almeda County Coliseum” but the box set “Those Were the Days” and the artwork for this disc lists it as “Oakland Coliseum Arena”. Not sure which one is correct.

The last two tracks on the disc are credited to a show on the 1st of October. Cream didn’t play a show on this date. Instead “White Room” is repeated from the same show as the rest of the disc, except in poor quality. “Sitting On Top Of The World” is from ‘The Forum’ Los Angeles, CA (also in poor quality).



Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   
1.
White Room(Bruce/Brown)
6:32
Song
Version validated
Concert
Oakland, Coliseum
4 Oct 1968
C1968.10.04.01
Cream
Oakland Coliseum Arena - Oakland, CA

Issued (in an alternate mix):
"Live Cream Volume 2" [Polydor - 823661-2]
"Those Were the Days" [Polydor - 31453 9000-2]
2.
Politician(Bruce/Brown)
5:08
Song
Version validated
Concert
Oakland, Coliseum
4 Oct 1968
C1968.10.04.02
Cream
Oakland Coliseum Arena - Oakland, CA

Issued (in an alternate mix):
"Live Cream Volume 2" [Polydor - 823661-2]
"Those Were the Days" [Polydor - 31453 9000-2]
3.
Crossroads(Johnson)
3:59
Song
Version validated
Concert
Oakland, Coliseum
4 Oct 1968
C1968.10.04.03
Cream
4.
Sunshine Of Your Love(Brown/Bruce/Clapton)
5:30
Song
Version validated
Concert
Oakland, Coliseum
4 Oct 1968
C1968.10.04.04
Cream
5.
Spoonful(Dixon)
16:30
Song
Version validated
Concert
Oakland, Coliseum
4 Oct 1968
C1968.10.04.05
Cream
6.
Deserted Cities Of The Heart(Bruce/Brown)
4:22
Song
Version validated
Concert
Oakland, Coliseum
4 Oct 1968
C1968.10.04.06
Cream
7.
(Medley)(unknown)
11:01
Medley title
(unidentified)
(date unknown)
 
Passing The Time(Baker/Taylor)
Song
Version validated
Concert
Oakland, Coliseum
4 Oct 1968
C1968.10.04.07a
Cream
 
Toad(Baker)
Song
Version validated
Concert
Oakland, Coliseum
4 Oct 1968
C1968.10.04.07b
Cream
8.
I'm So Glad(James)
7:10
Song
Version validated
Concert
Oakland, Coliseum
4 Oct 1968
C1968.10.04.08
Cream
9.
White Room(Bruce/Brown)
5:42
Song
Version validated
Concert
Oakland, Coliseum
4 Oct 1968
C1968.10.04.01
Cream
Oakland Coliseum Arena - Oakland, CA

Issued (in an alternate mix):
"Live Cream Volume 2" [Polydor - 823661-2]
"Those Were the Days" [Polydor - 31453 9000-2]
10.
Sitting On Top Of The World(Burnett)
4:54
Song
Version validated
Concert
Los Angeles, The Forum
19 Oct 1968
C1968.10.19
Cream
Issued (in an alternate mix):
"Goodbye Cream" [Polygram - 823660-2]
"Those Were the Days" [Polydor - 31453 9000-2]
Core collection    Track identified    Version validated    Lyrics available    Version details available    Audio excerpt available    Participants list available   


Song Song Studio chat Studio chat
TV/Radio chat/jingle TV/Radio chat/jingle Interview Interview
Cover by another artist Cover by another artist Film Music/Orchestral Film music/orchestral
Concert intro/announcement Concert intro/announcement Advertising Advertising
Song by another artist Song by another artist Medley title Medley title
Book chapter Book chapter
Other type of track Other


Reviews

Review by: dserafinOn 17 Dec 2005 at 16:23 CEST
Well, yeah, this concert isn't very good by Cream standards, but even on their worst night, Cream was just as good (if not better) than most other bands at their peak. The playing is sloppy and the "Passing the Time" (not to mention "Crossroads" and "Sunshine") is definitely not up to snuff, but the other blues numbers--"Spoonful" and "Politician"--are damn good. "Spoonful" in particular is surprisingly good, ignore the previous reviewer on that one.

The SQ is excellent, so pick this one up even if it isn't one of Cream's good concerts.
Review by: lemonjelloOn 15 Oct 2006 at 21:11 CEST
Don’t let the word ‘remaster’ fool you, this disc sounds like crap!! This is by far the worst sounding version of this show I have ever heard. It’s just plain muddy as a result of the bootlegger trying to hide the hiss. On top of that, the two bonus tracks are miss identified as coming from a show that never tool place. White Room is from the same show as the rest of the disc and manages to sound even worse and muddier.

There are much better sounding versions of this show available, So you’d be wise to pass this one up.
Review by: chill782001On 29 Mar 2009 at 21:05 CEST
I can't really think of any other band whose live recordings cause as much disagreement as Cream's. So, I'm going to state my opinion but try and be fair and objective.
Firstly, I disagree with lemonjello's review as to the sound. This show sounds excellent, perhaps even better than the official "Live Cream Vol. 2" which used a lot of the tracks from this performance.
However, I do have a serious problem with the quality of the performance itself. I certainly don't agree with dserafin's statement (although he is of course entitled to his opinion) that Cream, even on their worst night were as good as or better than most bands at their peak. A bad show is a bad show, whoever performs it. I'm a huge Led Zeppelin fan, but I would never claim that the July 1973 Madison Square Garden performances used for "The Song Remains The Same" were good shows - they're not. And just like Zeppelin, Cream had off nights as well.
Although I have to be honest and declare (as I have in other reviews) that live Cream isn't really my thing, virtually ever other Cream bootleg I have ever heard can be described as a better performance than this.
This was the opening night of the final farewell US tour which the band were essentially forced to do by their label and management. They didn't want to be on stage together and it shows.
The "Crossroads" is absolutely dreadful, although perhaps it's unfair to compare it to the official version on "Wheels Of Fire" as that was heavily edited by Tom Dowd and Felix Pappalardi from a much longer performance - what you hear on "Wheels of Fire" is not what the audience heard at the actual show.
"Sunshine Of Your Love" sounds like they're just going through the motions and "Passing The Time" breaks down completely in the middle.
It is also worth noting that the band appear a little embarrassed by their performance actually apologising ("We've been on holiday") part way through.
And what is the point of putting an identical (but abysmal sounding) audience recording of "White Room" from the same show at the end of the disc? The "Sitting On Top Of The World" from the LA Forum show two weeks later has slightly more point to it but again, the sound is awful.
So, although the sound (apart from the last two tracks) is extremely good for a 1968 live show, this is not really worth getting given the dire performance. If you are into live Cream, I would wholeheartedly recommend the October 1967 show at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit ("Live at the Grande Ballroom") instead. Even though live Cream isn't really my thing, I can tell you that that is an infinitely better performance than this one, and the sound is very nearly as good.


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Filename: odfr-1
Originally filled by: lemonjello
Date of creation: 24 Mar 2004 09:16:57
Last filled by: Aidanymous
Last Revision Date : 12 Apr 2012 10:42:25
Online on : 24 Mar 2004
Type of media: Bootleg CD-R


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