With today's pop music, hip hop and rap being mainstream and alternative isn't anymore, that leaves country music to be the new rock 'n roll. This happened so slowly over the years that today's younger generation has no idea of what real, heart pounding rock music sounds and looks like.
Rock, was constantly changing, becoming something different as music sounds and tastes changed. Today's music scene isn't as balls out, blow the house down sound level.
I've heard people call Britney Spears a rock singer. Really? She's good, but she ain't no rock star. No, Christina Aguilera isn't either.
When you do want to go see a rock concert, a REAL rock concert, you probably end up seeing a concert by an older band that is still playing or has reformed. KISS comes to mind, they've been around forever and they're still "Hotter Than Hell." The Stones are also a band with super staying power. Even with their lead singer and heart of the band, Mick Jagger being 70 now, it's still heart pounding rock. 70? Wow!
If we can't see the great rock acts on stage anymore, we at least can watch them rock on video.
Now available from Kino Lorber is "Cream Farewell Concert." Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker rock together once again. In between playing such mega hits as:
- Sunshine Of Your Love
- White Room
- Steppin' out
- Setting On Top of the World
- I'm so Glad
each rocker talks music. Specifically how they perceive how they play and how they learned to play.
The boys showoff some of their techniques they use to make their magic. They also tell stories about behind the scenes happenings.
Something that I found very interesting was Jack explaining how a lot of their music is improvised. They work so well together they can tell where the other is going with the music. This explains why Ginger Baker said they didn't rehearse a lot.
Filmed in 1969, 44 years ago, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, this concert is worth watching over and over. Even if you don't watch the screen, put it in the DVD player and listen to the music.
While this is remastered, I have never seen the original unfortunately so I have no way to compare, but it looked pretty good to me. The sound was also great, but no one in my house heard it because I was screaming the lyrics too loud.
This film feels like a love note from an old friend you haven't thought from in years. Surprising, and warm all at once.
There is one more thing I would like to say about this film and about "Cream" in particular; They just don't make 'em like that anymore.
Buy it here at a very reasonable price, Kino Lorber. Shop around on their site, if you like docs or foreign films, they have a great selection.
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