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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Cream - Barbecue '67

BarbecurposterIan Sippen set up his quality equipment to record Cream. Unfortunately the left mike failed and the recording is dominated by the guitar and the drums. The loss of bass is partially compensated for by the magnificent, very present sound of the drums. Jack’s vocals are largely heard by direct acoustics rather then through the PA.
"NSU" is hesitant as they try to sort out the gear on the fly with the PA dropping out and the guitar amps being adjusted. "Sunshine" follows and is no better with: Eric starting way too fast and pulling back, Eric & Ginger struggling to hear Jack’s vocals and Ginger laying down a very basic beat – one can see him glowering at the roadies as they desperately tried to sort things out.
Eric tells the audience to quietn down before they perfoym a quite superb "We’re Going Wrong".  It really worked quite well live once they had got it sorted out. The longer gestation time definitely helped with this one.
A short "Stepping Out" is performed but with amp problems for Eric followed by "Rollin’ & Tumblin" with a just audible harp (well the drums are nice and clear!).
Obviously it is "Toad" that benefits with the very audible drums. It is comparatively short - Baker clearly didn’t want to hang about. "I’m So Glad closes the set but by this time Eric’s Marshall is really breaking up and he just manages to finish before it totally cracks up
Remastered Quality: 
This is a severely flawed audience recording (not a soundboard as claimed by the commercial bootleggers!).  It lacks bass and has just audible vocals.  Bass has been boosted to a level of prescence but hardly clear and nothing could be done about the vocals.   The good quality tape recording needed minimal filtering but some editing of extraneous mike/electrical noises.  The drums are magnificently clear (and very live sounding) as is the guitar.

1. NSU (Bruce) 4:48
2. Sunshine of Your Love (Bruce/Brown/Clapton) 5:09
3. We’re Going Wrong (Bruce) 6:06
cream - barbecue '67, spaulding england,  29th may 19674. Stepping Out (Bracken) 5:25
5. Rollin’ & Tumblin (Morganfield) 5:01
6. Toad (Baker)  7:08
7. I’m So Glad (James) 6:03

LOCATION / VENUESpaulding, UKBarbecue '67DATE29th May 1967

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bad, not good, drums. Actual Track list: 1. Tales Of Brave Ulysses (3:42), 2. Sunshine Of Your Love (4:56), 3. We're Going Wrong (3:53), 4. Spoonful (14:34), 5. Stepping Out (9:59), 6. Train Time (4:53), 7. Toad (10:55), 8. I'm So Glad (7:19). Sound quality gets worse as performance goes on. Don't know if date/location is right either.

9:55 PM  
Blogger zazafromjohor said...

Thanks for your comments!! anyoneelse can verify those stuff???

11:40 PM  
Blogger SteveShark said...

I went to this gig and I can state right now that Anonymous is wrong. Sheer time constraints wouldn't have allowed this long a set. Hendrix was on after Cream, and Cream went on quite late so a set as long as this just wasn't played as there was not enough time left.
The set list as it stands seems about right for the gig from what I can remember and no-one has ever suggested a suitable alternative source for this recording.

5:26 PM  
Blogger SteveShark said...

Ah, all is clear now.

The album that Anonymous has listed isn't what's on here as the Spalding show - which is what's described and listed on the web page here.
The rar file you can download is a totally different show to the Spalding one.
I don't know what show it is, but I'd guess that it's a compilation of different shows because of the variable SQ and also the varied ambient nature of the tracks.
Unknown venue for I'm So Glad and considered very rare - you can tell it's from this boot because of the question "Do you have any requests?" By the timimg, Toad would appear to be from this mystery show too.
So, a puzzle and therefore not very clear after all!
It'd be great if you could source this complete Unknown show!
Many thanks for this - there's stuff here I've never heard!

7:16 PM  
Anonymous zazafromjohor said...

Check big debate here.. feel free to comment

11:21 AM  

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