The Cream Farewell Concert makes it to DVD in October

Image Entertainment has just announced a DVD version of the 1969 rock film Cream Farewell Concert for release in October.

Between its formation in 1966 and breakup a mere two years later, the power trio of virtuosic British musicians – drummer Ginger Baker, bassist Jack Bruce and guitarist Eric Clapton -enjoyed immense popularity, releasing four albums and selling 35 million records. Their sound deftly mixed high-volume blues with psychedelic rock and improvisation, blazing a new path for every hard rock and progressive rock group that followed. Cream was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, and classic songs such as “Sunshine of Your Love”, “Badge”, and “White Room” remain rock radio staples.

“Cream Farewell Concert” is a heady mix of concert footage and incisive interviews with the band, set to colorful lighting effects by UK underground artist Mark Boyle, who created lighting designs for such touring acts as The Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Soft Machine during rock music’s heyday of the late 1960’s and 1970’s. It is presented by producer and Cream’s then-manager Robert Stigwood and directed by Tony Palmer, the “Cream Farewell Concert” was filmed at London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 26, 1968, the same 8,000-seat venue where the seminal ‘60’s British super group reunited to play for capacity crowds in May of 2005, generally acknowledged as one of the “must-see” events of the decade.

This Extended Edition DVD contains the 80-minute version of the film for the first itme on home video, which restores three songs cut from the previously available 48-minute broadcast version: “Crossroads”, “Sitting on Top of the World”, and “Stepping Out.” The DVD also contains the original broadcast version of the film. In addition, the DVD contains Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS Digital Surround Sound, and the original monaural soundtrack for the film.

“Cream Farewell Concert” will be in stores on October 4th for only $14.99.

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