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Fresh Cream [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

CreamAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 7, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B0000067L1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,321 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Their 1967 debut.

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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary debut album September 17, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Fresh Cream was Cream's debut and the first of their three consecutive fantastic albums made while they were together. Although this is clearly their best blues statement with covers of Willie Dixon's "Spoonful" and the oft-covered Muddy Waters classic "Rollin' And Tumblin'", the album also points to the excellent songwriting of Disraeli Gears and the extensive jamming featured on Wheels Of Fire.

While there's no instant classic like "White Room" or "Sunshine Of Your Love" present here, Jack Bruce's collection of originals here are among the best he'd pen for the band whether it was the blues of "Sleepy Time Time", the excellent pop of "I Feel Free" and "Dreaming" or the short jamming "N.S.U.", which would lead to the improvisation of their live shows exhibited on Wheels Of Fire and their live albums. Bruce's bass playing is also very innovative throughout the album and he plays a mean harmonica on "A Cat's Squirrel" and "Rollin' And Tumblin." Ginger Baker's drumming is very powerful and innovative throughout, particularly on his compositions "Toad" and the excellent "Sweet Wine." While Eric Clapton didn't write any tracks here, his playing is outstanding, particularly on "Spoonful" and the Skip James tune "I'm So Glad." The band's performances of the cover tunes are very powerful with Jack Bruce truly making "Spoonful" his own with his excellent vocal performance. Simply a stunning debut from one of the best bands from the '60s. Highly recommended.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Cream Album November 4, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Fresh Cream is, in my opinion, the best Cream album. Not a single mediocre song here. This is probably one of the finest blues-rock albums ever recorded. Fresh Cream features none of the extravagance or psychedelia of their following albums. Just raw rocking blues. Is this album a classic? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, it's damn good music.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cream's first album shows its raw talent. July 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Just recently Cream was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, amazing when they came out with only four albums. Fresh Cream was the first. The power trio of Eric Clapton, guitar god, Jack Bruce, great blues bassist, and Ginger Baker, best blues drummer ever, made an awesome team. Fresh Cream was the album to decide if they clicked musically. It was a great triumph. "I Feel Free" the opening track is a personal favorite as well as one of Cream greatest hits along with another track on the album Spoonful. A great blues-rock album is as such great songs as Cats Squirrel and the Muddy Waters classic Rollin' and Tumblin. Truly one of the greatest blues-rock albums of all time.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars for the music, 1 star for the mix October 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is great music, don't get me wrong. But listening to this on stereo headphones, I can't help but complain how terrible this mix is. On pretty much all of the songs, the bass and drums are muddled together on one channel, while the vocals and the guitar (sometimes) and other random instruments such as tambourines and harmonica are split on the other channel at a much higher volume than the rhythm section. It's a travesty to Bruce and Baker. I would hope that someday this will be re-released in the same type of quality remaster that Columbia did with Dylan's catalogue. Once again, this is a great album. Probably the most concise and the one that front to back, holds together the best out of all the Cream albums. If you can put up with a bad mix, you will have no complaints.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Creams First October 29, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Fresh Cream is the first album by the legandary Cream.
Cream at this time knew they were a blues band but were in the process of figuring out which direction to go. Ginger Baken had drummed for the Graham Bond Organization and had been primarily a jazz drummer. Jack Bruce was more of a jazz bass player as well. To this day Baker and Bruce think Clapton is actaully a jazz player. Clapton is adamant that he is infact a blues player.
This CD is probably the only legitimate blues album in their catalog. There are two songs on this collection that stand out.
The first would be Spoonful by Willie Dixon. Spoonful only appeared on the British import in the 60's and now appears on the CD. Spoonful is one of the finest songs in their catalog.
Rollin and Tumblin is a shortened version of the Robert Johnson song "If I had possession over judgement Day. From Four Until Late is another Robert Johnson song from this CD that stands out. Sweet Wine is another solid performance and is sung by Eric Clapton in one of his rare singing performances with Cream.
The slide guitar on this recording is exquisite.
Toad gives Ginger Baker a chance to show off on the drums.
Toad provides the finest drum solo ever, at a time when every band did a drum solo.
Creams' biggest problem was their vocals and Jack Bruce took on the lions share. Clapton at this time lacked the confidence he needed. Clapton does do the vocals on Sweet Wine and Four until late.
If you are a Cream fan this is a must.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Debut from Rock's First Power Trio April 30, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Eager fans could be forgiven for being slightly disappointed with this debut act from the (for the day and genre) much hyped trio of Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, and Eric Clapton. The idea that the three musicians, titans on the British blues and jazz scenes, would unite seemed mind-numbingly miraculous at the time, and the record didn't seem to be quite as miraculous as perhaps they had expected. They needn't have worried, this is a solid, if not spectacular, record, and there was much more to come. Still working out their style, Cream started off with the rather off-color single of "Wrapping Paper" and "The Coffee Song" and soon moved into more intriguing and innovative versions of blues standards with "Four Until Late," "Cat's Squirrel," "Rollin' and Tumblin'," and the fantastic reinterpretation of Willie Dixon's "Spoonful." Stylish original compositions are also highlights, "Sweet Wine" standing out as a bluesy psychedelic treat that would foreshadow things to come. Then, there's the mellow sweetness of "I Feel Free," "Sleepy Time Time," and "Dreaming," as well as the upbeat blues of "N.S.U." and "I'm So Glad." Ginger Baker also adds his signature drum solo, "Toad." The main problem with Fresh Cream is that it's a little incoherent, the songs don't have much unity. Plus, the writing talent of Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker had yet to really kick in, and the signature unified guitar/bass riffs had yet to evolve, but there's still much here to enjoy.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Vintage Cream!
Published 7 hours ago by Charles E. Wegrzyn
5.0 out of 5 stars What can you say about this album that has not ...
What can you say about this album that has not already been said? Make sure it is in your collection!
Published 7 days ago by Tomas Barroso
5.0 out of 5 stars Creamed
Good to here this remastered one. Would still love to see live
Published 13 days ago by Ronald J Usselman
5.0 out of 5 stars I had forgotten how good this album was
I had forgotten how good this album was. Nice job on the re-master. An essential piece in the collection from my generation.
Published 20 days ago by Peter A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Still fun to hear.
The LP vinyl version of this album was the first record I bought in 1967. It was the hit of our floor in Shilling Hall at Western Michigan University that year. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bob Conway
5.0 out of 5 stars but most I have not heard before so it was great to hear Baker
Has 7 songs, but most I have not heard before so it was great to hear Baker, Bruce and Clapton in the early years.
Published 2 months ago by L. P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh Cream
Impressed with their style; straight home from Vietnam in 1968.
Published 3 months ago by Michael Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blues-Rock Monster
One of the greatest Blues-Rock albums of all time. Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker were all at their peak when this recording was made. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The Great Album! I Love It!
Published 3 months ago by Alexandre R. Lopes
4.0 out of 5 stars classic
Wonderful old music, reminds me of back in the day at the grande Ballroom, Detroit yippie days but don't live there no more!
Published 4 months ago by ccbenn
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