Cream 2005 Re-Union Concert Too Timid

Finally got my hands on a copy of Cream’s re-union concert held at the Royal Albert Hall in May 2005. Overall, I felt disappointed. The performances are timid and a far cry from the wild energy of the seminal power trio‘s peak in the late 1960s. Age plays a part in this – Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker are no longer young and don’t play with the carefree abandon they once did. The musicianship is alright I suppose, but Clapton isn’t busy enough and without Baker’s frantic drumming, the music lacks the manic and mesmerizing quality it once did. This is particular felt on songs like Crossroads. On the upside, the sound quality is good.

As re-union’s go, I enjoyed Eric Clapton’s 2008 double bill with Steve Winwood at the Madison Square Garden better.

Royal Albert Hall

Highway Star : awesome version by Chickenfoot

I wasn’t aware that Joe Satriani was once invited to join Deep Purple as the replacement guitarist for Ritchie Blackmore until the recent release of a tribute album to Deep Purple. The album received quite a lot of coverage, and my favourite track is supergroup Chickenfoot‘s blazing rendition of Highway Star. I especially like Satriani’s tribute to Jon Lord’s organ solo – very nice.

Big Long Slidin’ Thing

Back when I was in the States, I used to listen to NPR radio stations playing jazz and blues. The great thing about listening to these radio channels is one gets to hear rare recordings. One night the DJ played this hilariously sexy tune by Dinah Washington. And the great things about the web, is now I can listen to the very same radio channels via the Internet on the other side of the planet. Lovely.

Angel

I’ve heard good things about Boris (the band) for quite a while, but only managed to get my hands on some of their music recently. And in that process, I came across this little gem – Angel by Wata, from the Boris guitarist’s solo EP release. The ballad starts out slowly, with calm guitar strumming, but when the distorted guitar solo kicks in, man, I get those goosebumps. Very very nice song.