April 16, 2011 – 3:40 am

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Lost Farewell Masters [Watch Tower WT2002066/67/68, 3CD]

Disc 1 - live at the Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA, October 4, 1968. Disc 2 - live at The Forum, Inglewood, CA, October 19, 1968; Sports Arena, San Diego, CA, October 20, 1968. Disc 3 - live at the Konsurthuset, Stockholm, Sweden. March 7, 1967. Very good soundboard.

For Cream fans and especially completists, this one’s for you.

According to the wikipedia:

Clapton had… fallen under the spell of Bob Dylan’s former backing group, now known as The Band, and their debut album, Music from Big Pink, which proved to be a welcome breath of fresh air in comparison to the incense and psychedelia that had informed Cream. Furthermore, he had read a scathing Cream review in Rolling Stone, a publication he had much admired, in which the reviewer, Jon Landau, called him a “master of the blues cliché.” It was in the wake of that article that Clapton wanted to end Cream and pursue a different musical direction…

Cream’s “farewell tour” consisted of 22 shows at 19 venues in the United States between 4 October and 4 November 1968, and two final farewell concerts at the Royal Albert Hall on 26 November 1968. Initially another double album was planned, comprising live material from this tour plus new studio tracks, but a single album, Goodbye, was released instead with three live tracks taken from their performance at The Forum in Los Angeles on 19 October 1968, and three studio tracks, one written by each of the band members. Goodbye proved the professionalism of each member, as the live recordings on Goodbye deliver epic renditions of “I’m So Glad”, “Politician”, and “Sitting on Top of the World”, proving that they were at least dedicated to the music. The gig at The Forum on 19 October captured some of the group’s most intense live performances.

Thanks to columbokeiji for sharing the tracks on the net.

Thanks also to Philip Cohen for checking up the details.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Alameda County Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA. October 4, 1968.
101. White Room - Omitted*
102. Politician - Omitted*
Track 103. Crossroads (6.4MB)
Track 104. Sunshine Of Your Love (8.0MB)
Track 105. Spoonful (27.3MB)
106. Deserted Cities Of The Heart - Omitted*
Track 107. Passing The Time incl. Drum Solo (17.2MB)
Track 108. I’m So Glad (12.3MB)

* Available on Live Cream Vol 2.

Disc 2
The Forum, Inglewood, CA. October 19, 1968.
Track 201. White Room (10.5MB)
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202. Politician - Omitted**
203. I’m So Glad - Omitted**
204. Sitting On Top The World - Omitted**
Track 205. Crossroads (7.1MB)
Track 206. Sunshine Of Your Love (10.6MB)

Sports Arena, San Diego, CA. October 20, 1968.
Track 207. Traintime (14.9MB)
Track 208. Toad (21.9MB)
Track 209. Spoonful (25.7MB)

** Available on Goodbye Cream.

Disc 3 - Omitted***
Konsurthuset, Stockholm, Sweden. March 7, 1967.
301. N.S.U.
302. Steppin’ Out
303. Traintime
304. Toad
305. I’m So Glad

*** While originally a “Swingin’Pig” bootleg, it has now been offered officially as a bonus CD with an American DVD “Classic Artists: Cream”, released by Image Entertainment.

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

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  1. 35 Responses to “CREAM - LOST FAREWELL MASTERS 1968”

  2. never `nuff Cream..thanks…

    By sluggo on Apr 16, 2011

  3. WONDERFUL sound on these going by the first 5 tracks! Due to the late 60’s era, like Hendrix live, good audience recordings are hard to find for Cream. Having live MASTERS is great! Don’t be put of by “for the Cream fans and completists.” This is the one to get for ANYONE wanting to hear a great classic rock band. Yeah, yeah, it don’t have all the songs, boo hoo. Big O is like Popeye the Sailor Man, “I Yam What I Yam, and that’s all that I Yam”. I am a fan of their integrity.

    By 3yrsnojob on Apr 16, 2011

  4. I was at the Forum show. There are 3 songs missing: Traintime, Toad and Spoonful. I wish they included Spoonful, because it was different every night. Still, this is very cool!

    By Just Bill on Apr 16, 2011

  5. I’m so glad,I’m so glad,I’m glad,I’m glad,I’m glad.Thank You,friends,by heart.

    By Enrico on Apr 16, 2011

  6. I note the passing of another year for our friend formerly known as 2yrsnojob. My sympathies.
    And once again must agree with him or her about the pure, natural goodness of BigO :)
    Cream was great while it lasted.

    By tony on Apr 16, 2011

  7. thanks,tony. it is odd. Fringe episode tonight was about the loss of someone who is in you. Smallville episode was how to carry home within you while homeless. Monday nights I go to church to eat with many homeless, but now it costs $4 in gas to do even that. I can have soup from a can and a home iced tea for $2, like most nights. I live on the very edge of our city. Beyond is desert, where the homeless, many with mental problems, try to survive. We do lose a few.

    I sometimes hear the coyotes’ calls at 2AM, the train’s distant siren, and during the day see the hawk’s descent upon their prey, after their patient wait in the circles of the sky. I must be patient in my job hunt, but diligent like the hawk for my opportunity should it come.

    From now until Redemption I wait to see my sweet wife again, and our Lord.

    By 3yrsnojob on Apr 16, 2011

  8. imagine being in a group as powerful as Cream and then being totally overwhelmed by the simplisitic roots music of the Band..I think Cream was Eric`s high water mark and he tried for years to ground his music on a Band-like level which to these ears never worked as well ..
    To those younger who often wonder what the Clapton is God cry was all about , just listen to these Cream tracks and try to imagine reinventing yourself and your music love every night with much less technology than we have today.

    By sluggo on Apr 16, 2011

  9. Friggin’ awesome.

    By Timmy on Apr 16, 2011

  10. Madness - I have never sat so close to the drum of Ginger, has never stood in front of Jack and Eric had never been so close to me. An incredible quality of 1968!!! TOAD - me out of my shoes. Simply slide the rest of these Concerts after. N.S.U. - POLITICIAN - SITTING OF THE TOP OF THE WORLD that are missing at least not yet. Bigo, that was the best of a supergroup - that there is no more. Thank you!

    By stevie on Apr 16, 2011

  11. @sluggo: I remember hearing Clapton on the radio, just the hits - Cocaine, Wonderful Tonight, etc. - and wondering what the fuss about him was as a guitar player. Then one day I heard Crossroads from Winterland ‘68 and said, “Oh, this is why.” It’s funny, after Cream his playing style changed so much that he’s almost like an entirely different player. He had a fire in his playing when he was with Cream, as well as the Bluesbreakers.

    By Bob on Apr 16, 2011

  12. Perhaps the reason Clapton’s guitar sounds different to you is that in the 60s Eric preferred Gibson Guitars to his current weapon of choice, the Fender Stratocaster. If you look at the cover art for this set, you will see EC with his custom psychedelic paint job Gibson SG. When powered through a Marshall amplifier stack you get the classic Cream “acid rock” sound. I think he sounds great no matter what guitar he plays.

    Thanks for this one, Big-O! For something really different, could you please post the “Clapton Legends Rehearsals” set from your collection…I have been waiting 3 years to hear Eric the Jazz-man!!!

    By Zennews on Apr 17, 2011

  13. Thanks for these tracks. It’s great to hear these soundboard recordings. I’m thinking I should slow them down a touch in order to see if they aren’t running a little too fast. Does anybody else sense that?

    By Joel Finger on Apr 17, 2011

  14. Thanks a lot. You are great.

    By Billy Ray Moore on Apr 17, 2011

  15. I’m not sure that an American DVD “Classic Artists: Cream”, released by Image Entertainment is an official Cream release. As far as I know, their official releases still are on Polydor/Universal.

    By Walter on Apr 17, 2011

  16. @Zennews: I know he switched to Strats after Cream, I just find it odd how his style changed so much as well, becoming more mellow. Don’t get me wrong - I’m not knocking Clapton at all, he’s still a great player - I just prefer his Gibson period vs. the Strats like Blackie, etc.

    By Bob on Apr 17, 2011

  17. Holy God You Guys - I just got done listening to the STEVE MILLER BAND - DUSSELDORF post, really loud,and what a killer show, and then I download this, and my whole day is blown away! FANTASTIC! Sound, performance, everything. This is what we yearn for - A+ Soundboard recordings of the artists we love. The coolest thing is how the versions of the songs are never EXACTLY the same, SPOONFUL in particular like JUST BILL said before me. THIS IS ESSENTIAL! Thanks again! and again. . .

    By Daniel Kershner on Apr 17, 2011

  18. “I know he switched to Strats after Cream, I just find it odd how his style changed so much as well, becoming more mellow.”

    I seem to remember a line in an EC interview in Rolling Stone some years ago that said the place where the intense jamming took him rather scared him, and he tried to avoid it when playing even today. Given the way the devotees of that kind of energy were dropping around him in those days (especially his friends Allman and Hendrix), it’s easy to understand why.

    By drkrick on Apr 17, 2011

  19. As always, BigO, YOU ROCK!!!

    By TDC on Apr 18, 2011

  20. Disc 2 has also been released as Cream - Creamer, Oh Boy 1- 9107. This CD also contains I’m So Glad from Oakland ‘68

    By Clive Radford on Apr 20, 2011

  21. Cream are my heroes!!! i have two dvd’s full with mp3’s of live concerts of Cream. If anyone is interested I will gladly copy them. Mail me at [email protected]

    By Fred on Apr 22, 2011

  22. Really great improvised rock,even when the band plays the same song unequally, its always a pleasure to hear the trio playing straight ahead. Thanks a lot

    By Hartmut on May 1, 2011

  23. Nice post. I’m glad to see a live version of Passing The Time here too.

    By Matt on May 4, 2011

  24. This is so awesome. I was at that concert (Forum Inglewood my home town) but like most of 68 - 70 the exact dates are a bit of a blur to say the least. I also distinctly remember in addition to the overwheming power and artistry of Clapton, Bruce and Baker, the opening act by Deep Purple. In particular, their slowed down version of Help with the lead singer sitting with his legs dangling over the stage. How do you make a venue like the Forum intimate? That’s how.

    By Mike Krechevsky on Apr 16, 2012

  25. Thanks. Why on earth did Clapton listen to that critic? He never did anything as good as Cream again in his career. None of them did.

    Now we have the tired “Old Sock” and “Why?”– but with “Silver Rails” being way better than either.

    By Jonathan on Sep 12, 2014

  26. some ppl think d&d was a fine band. and while u did use the word ‘again’ in your line.. prior to cream i feel his mayall era was better than cream. but true enough after cream there wasnt much other than d&d and bf and his solo that could compete and maybe only d&d does.

    By darth on Sep 12, 2014

  27. but true enough after cream there wasnt much other than d&d and bf and his solo that could compete and maybe only d&d does.

    coming from a monkees fan this doesn`t hold much water.

    By stump rivers on Sep 12, 2014

  28. because u dont appreciate something i do that means anything else i do appreciate and am aware of the quality of doesnt matter?
    how do u know that the people whose opinions u think u respect only like what u want them to like?
    i bet if u picked someone whose critiques u have followed.. over the years.. and asked them about other artists and bands they like u might find that they like stuff u dont. and u may decide that u no longer can respect their opinions based on this.
    perhaps u shouldnt judge whether or not someones criticm of a particular band or artist etc.. is on the money based on their other tastes so quickly.
    one of the finest examples of a man who knows what hes talking about who has been seen on these pages.. is bruce eder. he in fact helped me get my first ever published photo. he worked for the aquarian weekly on long island in ny. he did a review of the hollies in 83 and i happened to get some amazing shots of their show at the bottom line and i handed him one of them. he turned it into a b/w and blew it up to a half page. earlier that day i had met with graham and the others in the band at tower recs. graham knew me for a few years by that point and did me a gigantic favor in fact.
    in any event.. my point is that bruce’s reviews as most people are aware are always spot on and hes an amazingly bright man. assuming u accept that his reviews and criticism of music is of a high caliber then one could ask if u would then worry about what else he likes. what if he liked the monkees? would u then suddenly dismiss everything he had to say previously?
    would that make sense to u??

    By darth on Sep 12, 2014

  29. you cannot even begin to make sense darth .
    your drivel meanders and you quite often post conflicting opinions that make you seem a real nutbar.

    By stump rivers on Sep 12, 2014

  30. Nurse…..NURSE….Darth is out of bed again……

    By The Mother Ship on Sep 12, 2014

  31. I note the passing of another year for our friend formerly known as 2yrsnojob. My sympathies.
    Tony april 16 2011

    I never found a job, still miss my wife who passed due to colon cancer 12.17.2010. Got hit by a drunk 03.12.2012 - still no settlement.

    Now I have been diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma that they said went deep into my regular tissue, and was the largest the dermatologist had seen. They have 2 weeks to find a general surgeon experienced in cutting large incisions. He will be going after it to cut out what they can, then zap it with radiation. One surgeon already turned it down because she has never cut a hole that big before. The clinic pulled a VA hospital on me and kept cancelling my appointments for 6 months, then it was another 3 months before I got the biopsy done.

    By Job Hunter on Sep 12, 2014

  32. shhhh! Don’t tell anyone, but IF you’d like disc 3, it is still waiting for you at Sugarmegs. look under Cream and the date of that concert -03-07-1967. It sounds very very good for what it is.

    By Job Hunter on Sep 12, 2014

  33. P.S. the cancer is at the front bottom of my neck.

    By Job Hunter on Sep 12, 2014

  34. what if he liked the monkees? would u then suddenly dismiss everything he had to say previously?

    yup.the monkees are shite.

    By stump rivers on Sep 13, 2014

  35. Job hunter

    If you by chance get this please use cimetidine therapeutic dose 800 mg per day. It is used in horses and human’s to stop melanoma and other cancers. Google this.

    I have seen with my own eyes that it can stop melanoma. 85% efficacy.

    Please check it out. It is sold over the counter. CVS usually carries it. You have nothing to lose and a lot to gain.

    My thoughts are with you.


    By linda on Oct 26, 2015

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