Cream
Goodbye


3.0
good

Review

by Matthijs van der Lee USER (219 Reviews)
April 29th, 2010 | 18 replies | 3,416 views


Release Date: 1969 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Two parts live, one part studio. Lucky enough to just make the mark.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Cream’s final album Goodbye is fittingly titled, but doesn’t quite feel like a true studio album. Half of the tracks and two thirds of the thin 30-minute running length are live recordings, meaning the actual new original material comes in very little amounts. These three tracks are however the last creative output by the group before Bruce and Baker’s ongoing quarrelling broke Cream apart after merely three years (the album was released after the split, hence the limited material). Therefore, Goodbye definitely has something to offer, but is far from the heights the power trio reached with both Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire.

The live section that this time makes up the first part of the record (as opposed to Wheels of Fire) is by far not as satisfying as the one on its predecessor. The 9-minute rendition of Skip James’ I’m So Glad and Wheels of Fire originals Politician and Sitting On Top of the World (which weren’t even some of the best tracks on that album) all suffer from the very same thing: Cream is not playing together, but apart. Clapton tries, but Bruce’s bass is on complete overdrive and Baker seems caught up in his own world as well. The result: three loud jams that only make a lot of noise and don’t really go anywhere.

However, Goodbye has a very special trump card. Badge, which was co-written by Clapton and former Beatle George Harrison (who also contributes rhythm guitar on the track), is not like any other Cream tune, but among the very finest the band has made. The collaboration with Harrison might never have happened under different circumstances, as the idea about Goodbye was that all three band members would contribute one studio song the album. Clapton didn’t have his written yet, and it was created whilst exchanging some musical ideas with Harrison and Ringo Starr on an occasion. This is definitely notable, as the song is vocally and lyrically quite similar to the sweet tunes of the Fab Four. Badge is so great it alone almost makes Goodbye worth buying.

Bruce’s work Doing That Scrapyard Thing is completely different. With its playful piano and vocals, it sounds positively eccentric, and is also not too similar to Cream’s peak work. The same can be said about Baker’s What a Bringdown. Whereas his earlier contributions Blue Condition and Pressed Rat and Warthog were silly and little-contributing, this song sounds surprisingly tight and dramatic (also thanks to Bruce’s work with the Hammond Organ), and while definitely not a classic, it may be the best and most original track the drummer ever penned for the band.

It is obviously clear that Goodbye is Cream’s least interesting effort, and should be acquired last of their albums. The live section is terribly disappointing, but on the other hand, Badge is wonderful, and the all actual studio tracks, be they only a third of the album, are different enough from the group’s earlier work to give the album some added value. Cream has only made four albums. I advise you just get them all, as none truly disappoint.

The Wonderful Trippy Experience Known as Cream Was:

- Eric Patrick ‘Slowhand’ Clapton ~ Guitar, Vocals
- John Symon Asher ‘Jack’ Bruce ~ Vocals, Bass Guitar, Piano, Hammond Organ
- Peter Edward ‘Ginger’ Baker ~ Drums, Percussion, Vocals


Cream Classics:

Badge




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Nagrarok
April 29th 2010



8168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hope everyone enjoyed the Cream ride.

BigHans
April 29th 2010



26455 Comments


Great work on the discog, like the love for Badge.

aresx
April 29th 2010



296 Comments


I just listened to Badge for the first time because of this review lol
i dont see why everyone thinks so highly of it. its a good song, just not all that fantastic :/

Nagrarok
April 29th 2010



8168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I didn't find it fantastic the first time either. Just give it some time, and the brilliance will sink in.

BigHans
April 29th 2010



26455 Comments


Badge = 10/5

Nagrarok
April 29th 2010



8168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I am getting the feeling Badge is one of Hans' favourite tracks ever...

BigHans
April 29th 2010



26455 Comments


One of my faves from that era, definitely.

Nagrarok
April 29th 2010



8168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hans, you should listen some full Cream albums, you know.

BigHans
April 29th 2010



26455 Comments


I'm going to, most def.

LepreCon
April 29th 2010



3562 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah album isn't very, very good but I still like it. Pity they didn't do too many albums otherwise you could have reviewed them too =D

Nagrarok
April 29th 2010



8168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha, I took this up for the very reason it wasn't too much work and I'm in the middle of two mega-discographies.

BigHans
April 29th 2010



26455 Comments


Thinkin bout the times you drove in my car

Nagrarok
April 29th 2010



8168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yes Hans, Badge is indeed a pretty good song. I never knew you thought of it that way.

Jethro42
April 29th 2010



12349 Comments


GoodBadge Cream. Long live Disraeli Gears and Wheels, isn't it.

EVedder27
April 30th 2010



6088 Comments


I am way behind in reading this, but great work. I actually haven't heard this, the lower ratings probably kept me away at the time.

Nagrarok
May 1st 2010



8168 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's only 30 minutes, and assuming you've already heard Badge, it still worth looking into.

PagePlant
August 11th 2011



44 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It always make me sad to hear albums like "Goodbye" and "Coda". Great review.

rockandmetaljunkie
April 13th 2012



3302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Badge is something special it's really AWESOME.



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