Cream ‘Goodbye’ 4-CD Special Edition: Listen

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UMe has released a 4-CD special edition of Cream’s Goodbye Tour Live 1968. The set, which arrived March 6, brings together 36 tracks, including 29 making their first appearance on CD, recorded during Cream’s farewell tour of the U.S. in October 1968 and their final U.K. date at London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 26 of that same year. There is a total of 19 previously unreleased tracks, and a further 10 tracks from the Royal Albert Hall show, which have only ever been available on DVD. David Fricke supplies liner notes.

On its original release in February 1969, Goodbye, which combined live performances from their last tour dates with a handful of studio recordings, rose to the U.K. #1 slot and to #2 on the U.S. Billboard chart. This new expanded edition comprises three U.S. concerts: Oakland Coliseum, Los Angeles Forum and San Diego Sports Arena, alongside London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Listen to the prev. unreleased version of “Sunshine of Your Love” from the Oakland concert

Goodbye Tour Live 1968 Track List

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

Listen to the prev. unreleased performance of “White Room”

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*

Related: Our Album Rewind review of Cream’s debut album

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.

Watch Cream perform “Crossroads” at the Royal Albert Hall farewell concert in 1968

Related: Our recap of the 2020 Baker tribute concert that Clapton organized

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