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CREAM REUNION CONCERT, filmed at the Royal Albert Hall, premiered on November 30, 2005 on PBS (check local listings).

Releasing just four albums as a group, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, and Eric Clapton left an indelible mark on the worldwide music scene. From 1966 to 1968, with hits like "White Room," "Sunshine of Your Love," and "Badge," Cream dominated the charts with a bluesy, masterful approach to the psychedelic rock of the late 1960s, selling 35 million records and inspiring virtually every new rock group of the era. Yet much to the disappointment of their fans, the group disbanded after only three years, playing their final concert together in 1968 at London's Royal Albert Hall to despairing cries of "God save the Cream!" It took 37 years, but in early May 2005, Royal Albert Hall was the scene for the group's much anticipated reunion, described by THE WASHINGTON TIMES as "a unique moment in music history. It was a long time coming, but worth the wait."

Cream followed up their successful four-night run at the Royal Albert Hall with three sold-out concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden in late October 2005 that reportedly netted more than $11 million. It was the first time the trio had performed together in the United States since the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 1993.

Discover how the virtuoso musicians originally came together and why their short-lived union and blending of the blues, jazz, and rock was the forerunner of the many hard-rock bands that followed in the essay by contributor Jaan Uhelszki. Watch video interviews with each member of the famed trio in Dialogue. See if your favorite numbers were included in the performance in the song list, which also has links to video clips, and download the screensaver.

Some local PBS stations are offering the concert DVD and CD as Pledge gifts. To order these items, pledge now.

Visit the Web companions of two other shows that featured Eric Clapton, ERIC CLAPTON'S CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL (2005) and CONCERT FOR GEORGE (2003).

Top banner photos: Guitarist Eric Clapton, the trio (photo: Jill Furmanovsky/Star File), and drummer Ginger Baker.

Jack Bruce

Jack Bruce wrote many of Cream's original songs with British poet Pete Brown.


The band sold more than 35 million records during their two-and-a-half-year stint together.

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