The highly anticipated reunion concert series began last night, opening with "I'm So Glad", and the full gamut of Cream classics, including an encore of "Sunshine Of Your Love".
The interesting thing about last night's photo of Cream is the difference in instrumentation from Cream's classic period. Clapton of course was known for Gibson guitars through Marshall amplifiers, with the tone controls rolled back for what became beloved by guitarists and aficionados as the "woman tone". Clapton (at least in the above photo) is playing a Stratocaster, which has pretty much defined his tone since 1970 (to the chagrin of Cream and Bluesbreakers fans). Sources indicate that Clapton used his Cornell amplifier for the gig.
Update: A review from the Telegraph says:
When I first heard that Cream were getting back together for a series of concerts at the Albert Hall, I called out across the arts desk: "I have to be there."
This, surely, was the mother of all reunions, the great sixties super group back together on stage 37 years after they called it a day - and in the very same concert hall where they performed their farewell show in 1968.
I had good reason to stake my claim to that precious reviewing slot: Best of Cream was the first album I ever bought, a precocious teenager hooked on the British blues boom of the sixties, but this one was personal.
Along with the excitement came the nagging worries. The three members of Cream are all now in their sixties. Drummer Ginger Baker has an arthritic knee. Bassist Jack Bruce has had a liver transplant. Would it be a night to recapture the magic of their famous semi-improvised jams, or would it be turn out to be an embarrassment, three wrinkly old rockers desperately trying to recapture their glorious youths?
Well, it didn't exactly hit the ground running. Having been greeted with a huge roar of affection from the crowd, they limbered up with the lightweight I'm So Glad. Eric Clapton rattled off a so so solo. Bruce sounded tense.
Song two, the slow, slinky blues of Spoonful, was more encouraging: Bruce's voice started to show some grit, the music began to click. Clapton's solo here was sharper, fiercer, more fluent. Strange, though, to see him as just one third of a band, rather than as the star of the show.