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Cream - Classic Artists DVD Review

by Zane Ewton

The 2005 reunion of "the world's first supergroup" was a pleasant surprise for longtime Cream fans who felt cheated after the band dissolved after only 2 and a half years.

Depending on whom you talk to, Cream either revolutionized rock music or were an overrated trio of hotshots soloing over each other.

This documentary is a paint-by-numbers look into the history of Cream leading up to their reunion. Each band member as well as several big names in rock and blues is given penetrating questions about the origin, career and legacy of Cream.

Both Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce come across as the polite fellows with pleasant accents that you would expect them to be. Ginger Baker is a far more grizzled and interesting character. Baker becomes the star of the show with his fearless lack of self-editing. He is mad that he didn't get the money he deserved and he doesn't hide any feelings towards people or songs he didn't agree with.

Clapton continues to shy away from the guitar god status he had. After Cream, it seems that he took every chance to not be revolutionary or exciting. By sticking to tepid ballads the last twenty years, fans of Clapton as a rock guitarist must have been salivating over the mention of Cream.

It looks like the reunion may have been a one-off deal, and just as well. A little cash-in to pay the bills and keep their solo projects going is all Baker and Bruce probably needed.

The DVD is full of photos, music, performances and memorabilia that will be a shiny keepsake for Cream fans. Among extra features are bonus interviews and some live audio tracks.

B.B. King's extra interview is a treat for being about nothing at all. He seems to be having a good time though.

This is a good, definitely not revolutionary, documentary about a band that was actually pretty revolutionary. Fans of Cream, its three members or just rock history buffs will enjoy this immensely.

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