CREAM - BOSTON 1967

February 17, 2014 – 4:51 am

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CREAM
Boston 1967 [BostonGold/DimeTravel, 1CD]

Live at the Psychedelic Supermarket, Boston, MA; September 1967. Good to very good audience recording (especially for its age).

While this show has been in circulation, here is a fresh 2014 remaster from a BostonGold source.

Thanks to the original taper; BostonGold and to kneesfudd for sharing the tracks at Dime.

kneesfudd noted:

- No audio picnic but quite enjoyable AUD (albeit with issues - as noted).
- This VERSION MkII has been remastered WITH equalisation and is brighter than the straight remastered MkI version.
- Warts: Some distortion throughout from original recording method. Many dropouts and dullspots fixed but some unrepairable and surely missed others. Taper shut off deck between songs. Track #4 cuts (on all circulating copies).
- Cream played two shows (or sets!) a nite every nite for a week, September 10-16.
- One site claims three shows on Sun (10th) and Sat (16th) but it seems unlikely and isn’t confirmed by Sunday show review online.
- Supposedly Cream was originally a -twoweek engagement but had financial problems with the club owner.
- Cream was the debut act at the club, a not-yet-totally(!)-converted old parking garage in an alley near Kenmore Square.
- Catharsis opened all shows (or alternated sets).

Thanks to the original taper & traders! Corrections welcome. Many thanks to The Florida Kid for passing along this transfer of BostonGold’s reel (by way of the intrepid Cream collector Mr E?) - upgrading my 30+-year-old cassette from the same BostonGold reel. Thanks to DIMER gv0000 for opening band info and further date research.

Front cover (modified here) posted at musictravellerstwo.blogspot - Thanks!

Recording Information:
unknown mono reel to reel recorder and mike > master mono audience reel > 1st generation reel (1970s transfer).

1st gen. reel AUD [UPGRADE] BostonGold Source - MkII Remaster WITH EQ version - NOT from “Cream Remasters” Series; just before “Disraeli Gears” release.

Remaster 2014-01-xx:
1st generation reel flac > TLH > wavs > Audacity (normalisation to remove DC offset, channel/phase alignment, fades, manual one-at-a-time glitch/dropout/bump/pop/click/dullspot repairs, volume adjustments, single averaged digital speed correction +1.9%, light equalisation -EQ- added to this version to boost high frequencies) > CD Wave (track splits) > flacs (Trader’s Little Helper)

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Sunshine Of Your Love 7:15 (12.2MB)
Track 02. Spoonful 11:49 (19.9MB)
Track 03. Tales Of Brave Ulysses 4:18 (7.2MB)
Track 04. Sweet Wine [cut] 7:48 (13.1MB)
Track 32 mins

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

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  1. 37 Responses to “CREAM - BOSTON 1967”

  2. I listened to this and was pretty amazed by the sound quality for a tape from 1967. Those were the days. Thanks!

    By Mackster on Feb 17, 2014

  3. Interesting, and surprisingly well-preserved… rather like massah clapton hisself.
    But for me, after the first listen has eroded the novelty value, it simply doesn’t stand up as worth listening to more than some others.
    Sure, some obsessives and some students will love analysing the hell out of it, but I wasn’t getting any pleasure out of it.
    As always tho’, thanks for making it available :)

    By tony on Feb 17, 2014

  4. Thanks, bigo!

    By NAMoosedog on Feb 17, 2014

  5. scroll down to the review of psychedelic supermarket for this particular show.

    http://gpatt.customer.netspace.net.au/cream/psychadelic.htm

    By sluggo on Feb 17, 2014

  6. I don`t care how dated this sounds the Cream were a very relevant band and Clapton never mailed in his performances then as now.

    By dropkick sarge on Feb 18, 2014

  7. Everyone should check out the documentary “Beware of Mr. Baker”:

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1931388/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5seWMYG9kk

    By Adam on Feb 18, 2014

  8. cream is only one band mentioned but this is a semi interesting article -

    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/famous-final-concerts/

    By darth on Feb 19, 2014

  9. ^ yeah … and apart from those of ‘em who are dead, they all came back and did more gigs …

    By Andrew Wild on Feb 19, 2014

  10. As for the Cream recording, it’s unfortunately unlistenable. Surely the Those Were The Days box set is all we need?

    By Andrew Wild on Feb 19, 2014

  11. might be all you need but I`m a Cream fan from day one and the complete set of the discs mentioned by robert patingale on his “those were the days ” website is a must for hard core fans..everything from first gigs ..live bbc ..outtakes from every studio recording and more..its a gift!

    By sluggo on Feb 19, 2014

  12. I guess I can empathise, I have hours of truly awful Beatles recordings … and I wouldn’t get rid of them for anything

    By Andrew Wild on Feb 19, 2014

  13. I guess I can empathise,

    well there you go.
    I have same for yardbirds,cream ,jeff beck, roy buchanan, danny gatton, and buffalo springfield and I don`t give a shit if anyone else likes them they mean the world to me.

    By sluggo on Feb 19, 2014

  14. Well, you know, I have recordings by all of those, too :)

    By Andrew Wild on Feb 19, 2014

  15. And you mean Graeme Pattingale, right ;)

    By Andrew Wild on Feb 19, 2014

  16. yeah graeme !!!
    ..i was looking at a robert gordon/ danny gatton cd when I wrote that.
    He is quite a fan of the Cream…!

    By sluggo on Feb 19, 2014

  17. :)

    By Andrew Wild on Feb 19, 2014

  18. i think i have over 500 hours of beatles recordings. on a scale of 1-10 in quality i dont think i have anything that falls under a 6. i may have had a couple where the screaming was so loud u couldnt hear the band. but after u own 20-50 other shows with identical songs knowing they werent going to change it up much i didnt see the point in wasting room with stuff id never listen to or enjoy again. if it was audio tape i could reuse it. if its lp or cd i could get rid of it and use that money on something i could enjoy. as i said recently.. a collections merit is based on how many high end recordings it has in it. sure it can have some audience recordings in there but for the vast majority of them it will be fm and sbd and so on. tv derived audios. and of course for those of us who love outtakes rehearsals demos alternates etc. there are those.

    if it comes to video and a few mins of relatively unwatchable footage is stuck in the middle of an otherwise fine dvd or vhs thats different. u cant do much abt that. u can ff thru it of course. but as for a totally horrible recording.. i dont personally have time or room for garbage.

    with some bands there just isnt that much out there. cream yardbirds buff spring even buchanan. there isnt a lot out there. i dont have everything he did but i think i have probably 60-70% of what ive seen. with yardbirds.. i would guess i have 90-95%. cream? 98-99%. if its that bad.. i wouldnt bother with it. i think i did hear a show once i said wtf about.
    about half a year ago i finally did find a cd of eric and jimi jamming. its a 3-4 in quality. its kinda muffled or something. i dont know what it is. like maybe it was under a heavy coat. i dont expect all my recordings to sound like the famous bb king jimi hendrix jam in nyc 68.

    By darth on Feb 20, 2014

  19. i got to see a lot of robert gordon sessions and performances where he wasnt announced and some where he was of course in and around the nyc area in the 80s and early 90s. there was a record store where the guy who ran things even tho he didnt own it was a member of the tuff darts in an earlier part of his life. he was one with an extraordinary mind. he had a killer collection of his own whether it be colored vinyl or pic discs or soundtracks or whatever he was into at that time. at one point he had 44000 soundtracks. i was altho i dont think he knew it.. in competition with him on that and i think i have as many as he does now. but he had better access. anyway.. his connection with gordon helped me see him and i was lucky in that respect. course it helped me with the dolls and other bands of the late 70s and 80s which i never expected. his name was john desalvo. god only knows where he is now. i sure hope hes well and healthy and doing nicely. like bruce eder who helped me sell my first ever photo to a magazine newspaper (it made half page in his article about the hollies reunion in 83) who i know sometimes reads this site.. maybe john reads this too. who knows. bruce was another genius. in bruce we have our own spock data and sheldon all rolled into one.

    if either of u guys are reading this.. thank u very much for what u both did for me and what u have given to the world.

    By darth on Feb 20, 2014

  20. with yardbirds.. i would guess i have 90-95%\
    cream? 98-99%
    i have probably 60-70%

    whats with all the idiotic percentages. what a doorknob.

    By online darth on Feb 20, 2014

  21. i dont personally have time or room for garbage.

    why so many posts then?

    By online darth on Feb 20, 2014

  22. if u read the line.. it said that i had that % of each of those artists / bands material that i have seen available. in this case official and unofficial. what do u mean idiotic percentages? u mean because u didnt understand them theyre idiotic?
    what does the amount of postings one makes have to do with the amount of room i have for bad quality recordings? i refer to those as garbage. if u notice your postings are taking up space for no reason. thats garbage.

    By darth on Feb 20, 2014

  23. if u read the line u said you and others were online talking about who might appear.
    if you read it wrong so can i dimwit.
    there was no online in 1976.

    By online darth on Feb 20, 2014

  24. at one point he had 44000 soundtracks. i was altho i dont think he knew it.. in competition with him on that and i think i have as many as he does now.

    yeah..

    44,000 downloaded
    zero paid for.

    By online darth on Feb 20, 2014

  25. The Get Back sessions from January 1969 are mostly unlistenable … there are 100s of hours of these.

    By Andrew Wild on Feb 20, 2014

  26. i didnt read it wrong. u did. and why would something i do have anything to do with what u do? if i do something (ie-misread something) why would that mean u would want to misread something too? i dont understand what u are bragging about here. it was clear that i meant that people standing there waiting to get into the show especially since ppl werent online discussing the concert on the internet in 76. maybe i should have said inline?

    how would u know if i paid for anything i owned? many of what i own now are downloaded. but i didnt start downloading them til about 06. the 1000s upon 1000s of sndtrcks that i own on lp and cd prior to that were certainly not dl’d. not that u should care and not that its your business. i knew about him and his collecting from the mid 70s thru 95. i got online in march 94. i didnt dl til much later. i have been collecting music since 73 for most intents and purposes.
    u dont know what ppl pay for. and many ppl download and also pay for what they dl.

    andrew - i have an 89 cd collection of twickenham rehearsals jams recordings etc. many of them are boring as all hell. 80% id guess are all very high quality but huge pauses of worthless nothingness. i attempted for a while to take the best parts of each cd and make a small collection of tracks that were enjoyable and fun. this proved to be more difficult than i thought. i got thru about 30 or 35 cds and thought mark lewisohn musta had some help to do what he did. all i had was my little laptop and cds.
    there were some cds that had a shitload of good stuff on them and actually could be left as is. i put them away years ago and if memory serves cds 11 and 17 and 23 might have been some of the best cds. there were others too but those stick out i think. if anyone finds this collection i am not sure i recommend it. i do recommend the higher end stuff that gets released tho. theres so much out there.

    By darth on Feb 20, 2014

  27. people who know al dimeola or larry coryell maybe pat metheny or stanley clarke or any of those types of musicians will know this man -

    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/paco-de-lucia-dies/

    By darth on Feb 26, 2014

  28. thanks for everything - including this….it’s certainly interesting how the sound of this recording has seemingly affected so many people (in an adverse manner)…..
    JEEZ, if you want something pristine, there’s plenty of stuff out there - however, the nuances of a live performance are always interesting to me (to say the least) - you can hear differences in certain licks at different parts and frankly, knowing that it’d be the same setlist BUT HEARING that it was “taylor-made” for that evening, is always kinda neat…
    whether it sounds lousy or not……..
    it’s up to the individual whether this (or any of the other stuff mentioned) is “listenable” or not……
    we can always think they’re NUTSif they disagree…..ha ha…..
    gmb
    gmb

    By gmb on Feb 26, 2014

  29. people who know al dimeola or larry coryell maybe pat metheny or stanley clarke or any of those types of musicians will know this man -

    http://ultimateclassicrock.com/paco-de-lucia-dies/

    By darth on Feb 26, 2014

    Darth the ultimate ambulance chaser.

    By mr.backpedal on Feb 27, 2014

  30. As for the Cream recording, it’s unfortunately unlistenable. Surely the Those Were The Days box set is all we need?

    coming from a monkees fan this is hilarious.
    take your monkees and leave.

    By daves not here on Feb 27, 2014

  31. Apples. Pears. Monkees. Cream.

    I like them all, why compare?

    By AndrewWild on Feb 27, 2014

  32. I like them all, why compare?

    must be boring to be so complacent..
    don`t you ever get extreme about anything .

    By daves not here on Feb 27, 2014

  33. passion man..music ..its about passion not just saying ..oh everything is okay..

    By daves not here on Feb 28, 2014

  34. my original point was that the sound quality of the Cream recordings are too poor for me to listen all the way through.

    that doesn’t mean that they don’t have any worth, just that I’m not going to listen to them

    of course I get emotional … musical response is entirely about emotions … I can name 10 pieces of music that would make me cry if I played them right now

    my collection ranges from Abba, Elvis, Yo Yo Ma and Take That to Philip Glass, Motörhead, Johnny Cash and Frank Zappa, to everything in between

    but I make no judgement about what anyone else chooses to listen to, and I want to sing along to Daydream Believer or Randy Scouse Git because they make me happy, then that’s my choice

    By AndrewWild on Feb 28, 2014

  35. i am getting one, big-O, quality or not. and, thanks!

    I-)

    By I-) on Mar 10, 2014

  36. My dad and Frank Connelly were the R&R promoters for the bigger acts in Boston at the time. They brought me to this show. I was 5 years old. My mom stuck cotton in my ears because the band was so loud, but of course I took it out when she wasn’t looking. I remember spoonful - it set me on fire

    By Neil Roberts on Feb 16, 2015

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  38. I am thrilled to find this. I was at this concert and I stood 20-30 feet from Clapton. The Psychedelic Supermarket was an underground parking garage in Kenmore Square. There were no seats there nor were there seats at the Tea Party and Crosstown Bus. When I saw Cream again several months later in a different venue, they had huge amps and the sound was all muddled. This performance was much better.

    By AnnieNH on Jul 12, 2016

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