WRMB 366: CREAM ‘ROYAL ALBERT HALL 1968’ vs CBM 47-186

Cream RAH 1968

in blue:

Cream RAH 1968 blue disc

and in red:

Cream RAH 1968 red

SIDE-A
1 Steppin’ Out (middle cut)
2 Lawdy Mama
3 Lost Love
4 Crossroads
SIDE-B
1 NSU
2 White Room *
3 Sunshine Of Your Love *

Quality rating: “Poor mono” in Hot Wacks.

A Japanese bootleg blogger believes that the first track(s) may actually be the “Amsterdam 1967” recording (they never played in Amsterdam, that recording is from the Klooks Kleek club, Hampstead, London, 15th November 1966 (where their set list was: Steppin’ Out, Sweet Wine, Meet Me In the Bottom, N.S.U., Hey Lawdy Mama, Sleepy Time Time, Crossroads (35 min)) and only the tracks marked ‘*’ are from the Royal Albert Hall.

From a Cream bootlegs site:

Nov. 26, 1968 – ‘Royal Albert Hall’ London, England (2nd show)
White Room, Politician, I’m So Glad, Sitting On Top of the World, Crossroads, Toad, Spoonful, Sunshine of Your Love, Steppin’ Out (75 min)
Note:  There is a ‘complete’  boot and  a dub from the soundtrack of the 16mm film version.  On the soundtrack dub some tracks are incomplete and voice overs do intrude.

***

CBM had issued this material as well as this double:

Cream Amsterdam & RAH

Matrix 47-186-A/B/C/D.

SIDE-A
1 STEPPIN ‘OUT
2 SWEET WINE
3 LOST LOVE

SIDE-B
1 NSU
2 LAWDY MAMA
3 SLEEPY TIME TIME
4 CROSSROADS
SIDE-C
3 WHITE ROOM *
4 POLITICIAN *

SIDE-D
1 CROSSROADS *
2 SITTING ON TOP OF THE WORLD *
3 I’M SO GLAD *
4 SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE *

Quality rating “Horrible mono” in Hot Wacks.

Summarized comments from the aforementioned Japanese blog: Muffled sounding, more low end, sounds like recording of a video soundtrack [which is of course exactly where this comes from]. There is cut in the later part of A-1. Overall, the blogger felt that the Wizardo release sounded a little bit better, which is also reflected in the HW ratings.

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1 comment
  1. Joe Randazzo said:

    The matrices on the CBM double Cream (blank white labels) are listed incorrectly.

    They should be: 47 – 106 – A,B,C,D

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