UMe has announced the release of a four-CD special edition of Cream’s Goodbye Tour Live 1968. Out on 7 February 2020, it will feature the first authorised appearance of three complete concerts on the band’s final US tour in October 1968, as well as the whole of their last UK date at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 26 November that year.
The sumptuous package features 36 tracks, 29 of which are making their first appearance on CD. Nineteen of the tracks are previously unreleased, and ten more from the Albert Hall show have only ever been available on DVD. There are liner notes by esteemed rock writer David Fricke of Rolling Stone, who describes Cream’s trailblazing genius and the story of their final tour.
Free downloads available for pre-orders of the set start today (29) with the release of ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’ (Live At Oakland Coliseum Arena, California/1968). This will be followed by ‘Crossroads’ (Live At The San Diego Sports Arena/1968) on 13 January.
The Goodbye album, first released in February 1969, was a combination of live performances from Cream’s last tour dates and a selection of studio recordings. It hit No. 1 in the UK and No. 2 in the US. The newly expanded edition features the complete shows at Oakland Coliseum, Los Angeles Forum and San Diego Sports Arena as well as the historic Albert Hall show. This was the end, but also the career peak, of one of the few bands in rock history who truly went out at the top.
Goodbye Live Tour 1968 is released on 7 February 2020. Scroll down for the full tracklisting, and pre-order it here.
CREAM – GOODBYE TOUR LIVE 1968
First authorised release of four historic complete 1968 concerts:
DISC ONE – OCTOBER 4, 1968 – Oakland Coliseum, Oakland (all tracks previously unreleased, except *)
- White Room 6.19*
- Politician 5.22*
- Crossroads 3.57
- Sunshine Of Your Love 5.35
- Spoonful 16.47
- Deserted Cities Of The Heart 5.26*
- Passing The Time 10.40
- I’m So Glad 7.07
DISC TWO – OCTOBER 19, 1968 – Los Angeles Forum, Los Angeles (all tracks previously unreleased except *)
- Introduction by Buddy Miles 1:39
- White Room 6.53
- Politician 6.41*
- I’m So Glad 9.37*
- Sitting On Top Of The World 4.53*
- Crossroads 4.25
- Sunshine Of Your Love 6.27
- Traintime 8.11
- Toad 12.55
- Spoonful 17.27*
DISC THREE – OCTOBER 20, 1968 – San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego (all tracks previously unreleased)
- White Room 6.42
- Politician 6.26
- I’m So Glad 7.53
- Sitting On Top Of The World 5.45
- Sunshine Of Your Love 5.13
- Crossroads 4.13
- Traintime 9.39
- Toad 14.03
- Spoonful 9.12
The Oakland Coliseum, Los Angeles Forum and San Diego Sports Arena concerts were mastered from the original 1968 analog mix reels by Kevin Reeves at Universal Mastering, Nashville, TN.
DISC FOUR – CREAM FAREWELL CONCERT NOVEMBER 26, 1968 – Royal Albert Hall, London (all tracks first-time release on CD)
- White Room 8.02
- Politician 6.37
- I’m So Glad 6.53
- Sitting On Top Of The World 5.06
- Crossroads 5.03
- Toad 11.22
- Spoonful 15.47
- Sunshine Of Your Love 8.37
- Steppin’Out 5.02
The Royal Albert Hall concert was mastered from the original 1968 analog transfer reels by Jason NeSmith at Chase Park Transduction, Athens, GA.