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New Haven 1968 [A DoinkerTape, 1CD]

Live at the New Haven Arena, New Haven, CT; October 11, 1968. Fairly to very good soundboard?

Thanks to Doinker for sharing the show at Dime.

Doinker noted:

There is a lot of conjecture on the source of this recording. It is believed this is a dub from the master cassette, although I don’t have conclusive proof as of this writing. It could very well be as there is no hiss and the dynamic range is superb. It’s also believed this is not an audience recording. Rather, it’s similar to the gigs at the Eagles Auditorium where microphones were slung over the lighting gear hung over the stage. Clapton is very high and present in the mix, the performance is great and the band is loving it.

What is known positively is this. Cassette transfer was done at a New Haven recording studio (no names, please) in 2009 “from cassette” as listed on the label of the cdr. Fades and EQ were professionally done at that time by that studio and a very limited number of produced cdr’s were passed around to musicians in the New Haven area. Through a musician affiliated with that studio I was able to procure his copy. What you now have is what I got, with one exception. The transfer ran 16 cents too slow, and that has now been corrected.

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master (?) cassette > processing by recording studio > cdr > CD Architect > Sound Forge 11.0 > pitch correction > FLAC

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Track 01. White Room 5:41 (13.7MB)
Track 02. Politician 5:12 (12.5MB)
Track 03. I’m So Glad 6:53 (16.5MB)
Track 04. Sitting On Top Of The World 5:41 (13.6MB)
Track 05. Crossroads 4:01 (9.7MB)
Track 06. Sunshine Of Your Love 4:43 (11.3MB)
Track 07. Train Time 6:08 (14.7MB)
Track 08. Spoonful 17:18 (41.5MB)
Track 09. Toad 9:18 (22.3MB)
65 mins

Eric Clapton - electric guitar, vocals
Jack Bruce - electric bass, vocals
Ginger Baker - drums, percussion

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  1. 19 Responses to “CREAM - NEW HAVEN 1968”

  2. The closeness of some audience ambient sound and the cavernous background indicates that this is probably not a soundboard, but a damn good aud for
    1968 ! Really nice to have.

    By fred astaire jr on Dec 27, 2016

  3. What a great surprise! Glad that fans of the group are working on Cream live shows and correcting problems with the tapes and putting them out there to share. There are a lot of other Cream live shows that would benefit from the same upgrade treatment - Dallas, Chicago, Rhode Island, San Jose etc., and the Winterland complete mono collection would be great to see on Big O too.
    Thanks much Doinker and Big O!!!

    By Carson on Dec 27, 2016

  4. Eric is sounding so drippy trippy good, thanx!

    By Pig Street! on Dec 27, 2016

  5. Thank you Big O Amigos, this will help jam in the Thompson New Year.

    By James on Dec 28, 2016

  6. Why did they have to make us live through these insufferable interminable boring drums solos at the time ?

    By Dick HEAD on Dec 28, 2016

  7. the drum solos were usually when the audience took a bathroom break.

    By barth on Dec 28, 2016

  8. One thing Ginger Baker and John Bonham both proved beyond a doubt: no drummer, no matter how good, can play a lengthy solo without it getting boring after the first thirty seconds and staying boring.

    By Willis on Dec 28, 2016

  9. In Cream, each of the 3 members usually took a “solo” spot - Jack on harmonica with “Traintime”, Eric with “Steppin’ Out”, and Ginger with “Toad”. Listening to these extended workouts on record can be very long and boring, but if you were in the audience, watching the performance in person was very impressive…especially if there was some smoke in the air…. Just didn’t translate over to records very well.

    By Bernard on Dec 28, 2016

  10. When it’s live, you get to see the drummer have at it, and it’s impressive to see how much effort it takes to do that. Robert Sweet of Stryper had an elevated set, and it was set up sideways, so you could see the action, like the interior workings of a clock, hence “the syncopated time keeper” or something similar. It HAS been 15 years since I saw them perform.

    By ScarRad on Dec 28, 2016

  11. no one made you “live through these insufferable interminable boring drums solos”. you could have shot yourself through your Dick HEAD and the world would have gone on fine.

    By Alice Bowie on Dec 28, 2016

  12. loved the days of the supergroups and the soloing but then again we had attention spans.

    By sluggo on Dec 28, 2016

  13. It’s too fast. I checked the tuning and everything is up by 1/2 step. Cream always played in “concert pitch”….probably using Jack’s harmonica as a reference, if needed.

    By John Ellis on Dec 28, 2016

  14. I think you’re right. This show used to be on YouTube and I downloaded it back then, the running time of the one on YouTube was 2 minutes longer. Listening to these tracks they do sound a little bit too fast or higher pitched.

    By Bernard on Dec 29, 2016

  15. Ah alice bowie I was sure that with a name like yours you were a model of non violence. Don’t like that someone has a different opinion, right ? Where is the Woodstock spirit of peace, love and understanding these days. I find drums solos boring, no one force me to listen to them except the ones I had to suffer through in concerts. And no one, and certainly not you, will prevent me from saying what I think of them. I know americans answer for everything is guns but, remember the last one who made his point with it about his musical dislikes ? Mark David Chapman. Not a very good role model. Even for someone as loving and caring as you, isn’t it ? Think about it while you’ll listen to the 10 cd’s box set of John Bonham playing solo the great Christmas lullabys for young children and babies.

    By Dick HEAD on Dec 29, 2016

  16. and was just as sure that with a name like yours…

    By Alice Bowie on Dec 29, 2016

  17. Keith Moon, 30 seconds after being goaded into a solo at a Who gig: “Drum solos are boring!” :)

    By Jack Spratt on Dec 30, 2016

  18. Really happy to have this recording, although after more listens I agree with John Ellis’s comments, the songs are running too fast and needs to be slowed slightly. This isn’t a soundboard, you can hear people in the audience talking between songs - more like someone placed a single microphone midway along the right side of the arena hooked up to a decent quality reel to reel machine and later copied to a cassette. Sound quality is good bootleg quality and about like sitting in the lobby and hearing the show with Cream blasting away at high wattage inside. Too bad this show wasn’t professionally recorded as most of the performances are really good, although during “Spoonful” Clapton never really catches fire and sounds bored with it. Thanks again Big O and Doinker, and hope you will continue to present rare Cream concerts!

    By Carson on Jan 1, 2017

  19. CREAM LIVE IN 1968…these guys just sound like a force of tanks rolling at you! Really good quality, THX!

    By TONY on Jan 18, 2017

  20. Does anyone know who the warm up band was at the October 68 concert in New Haven? I think it was Sundance.

    By Frank Marmorato on Apr 29, 2018

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