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Fresh Cream Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (April 7, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B0000067L1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful By John Alapick on 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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1999
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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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 1999
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dawn M. Scully on March 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Many think that this album is inferior compared to other Cream albums. This is my favorite Cream album, Clapton's guitar work is beyond compare. "Spoonful", "I Feel Free" and "Sweet Wine" show Clapton's talent as a top guitarist as well as his talent as a blues musician on blues songs "Sleepy Time Time", "I'm So Glad" and "Cats Squirrel" as well as his lead vocal on "Four until Late." Gingers drumming is also at its peak on his showpiece "Toad" as well as doing more than keeping time on "Sweet Wine" and others. Jack Bruce's range as a vocalist combined with his talent as a bass and harmonica player are shown on this album more than on any other Cream Album. Though many of the songs aren't original, they sound like no other band when coming from Cream. I would take this album over any other made by Cream, or any other band!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Frank Columbo on 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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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By M. Phillips on 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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