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Cream: Firebird. (Tarantura :: TCDCREAM-5)
Recorded Live at Oakdale Music Theater, Wallingford, CT, USA - June 15, 1968.
Very Good Audience Recording :: Silver CD :: MP3 CBR 320 kbps & FLAC.

01. White Room
02. Politician
03. I'm So Glad
04. Sitting On Top Of The World
05. Crossroads
06. Sunshine Of Your Love
07. Traintime
08. Spoonful
09. Toad

Files: 9. :: Size: 157.36 MB (mp3) | 378 MB (flac).
Total Time: 01:07:44 hour/s.

Personnel: Jack Bruce :: Eric Clapton :: Ginger Baker.

Notes: In Clapton’s biography, he wrote that at Cream’s first gig, they played a jazz fest and not only didn’t anyone in the crowd know who they were, but no one even paid the slightest bit of attention to them. Clapton said that for most of their gig, the crowd had their backs turned, or people just walked away. So the next time they took the stage, they just jammed away for twenty minuets at a time on each song and then the crowd went nuts. So the legend of Cream started.

Tarantura’s version of the June 15th 1968 concert in the rock and roll mecca of Connecticut has been previously available titled Big Black Loading Zone. I have not ever listened to that version, so I can’t make a comparison. Tarantura’s release, like the previously mentioned is an audience recording. On the back of Firebird, Tarantura has written, “master cassette>1st. Gen cassette safety copy (TDK C90)>CDR straight transfer>re-mastered by APB>PC re-master by Zero”. I wrote that as I saw it on the back of the CD case. Given the year and the technology, this is an excellent audience recording. It is distant in the way that most are from the 60’s. Far from unlistenable.

It is balanced, with no instrument overlaying another, and all of the vocals are clear for the most part. There are a few moments here and there where Jack Bruce’s vocals are a bit distant or muffled, but I believe that’s just due to him moving his head around Ray Charles style. I believe this may have been a festival with other bands which would explain why it’s only a little over an hour. There’s no info if this was the “early” show. Cream is in great form, the band is tight, Clapton’s solos are smokin and Ginger Baker’s drumming is right on
.<-(Info taken from Collectors Music Reviews).

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