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  • Vinyl
  • Label: RSO (1976)
  • ASIN: B001B8PNHA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,135,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

LP contains songs like: White Room - Deserted Cities of the Heart - Sunshin of Your Love - Steppin' Out

Customer Reviews

I love guitar jams quite a bit too.
B. E Jackson
I love how Clapton can just keep going with those awesome solos without repeating himself.
Tim Glover
If you want to hear Cream or Clapton at there peak this it is.
eric

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Vahagn Hayrapetyan on April 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album was my first acquaintance with Cream. I was 14 years old and beginning to take interest in drums. I put this record on, and within 15 seconds of listening to the first number I realized what rock drumming should be about.
There's enough musical material just on the first number, (Deserted Cities of the Heart) to have inspired countless future metal albums in terms of riffs and playing paradigms. In the second part of White Room, after the instrumental bit, it seems that they are bringing the number to a close; then there is a slight time change and Clapton plays some unearthly notes on the guitar, before the ending really climaxes. The intensity of just these few seconds is so staggering that you wonder what it felt like being in the audience, or being one of the three!
Compared to Live Cream vol 1, the songs are less drawn out (except Steppin' Out) but more intense, I would say.
I can't see how anyone could have given this album less than five stars out of five - if anyone ever played better or more spectacular I would like to hear that!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "wednightprayermeeting" on September 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Cream's studio albums are classic, but the reason that these guys came together on Earth was to play live.
Taped at such San Francisco area venues as Winterland, and the Oakland Coloseum in 1968, Jack, Ginger, and Clapton stretch out full force on strong live versions of "White Room," "Politician," "Sunshine Of Your Love," and a hypnotic version of "Tales Of Brave Ulysses."
Bruce's "Deserted Cities Of The Heart" is sung with intensity, and the final cut "Steppin' Out" is a high powered 13 minute blues jam, showcasing each member of The Cream.
THe way these guys jam on their extended live cuts is full of jazz-like fluidity, bluesy rhythm, and the intensity of hard rock. And it all comes together on this disk.
Clapton's solos are extraterrestrial, and Bruce's voice is in good form.
Definately some of the coolest hard rock from the sixties.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By P. McKenna on October 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This was one of the reasons I started playing guitar!

Released a few years after the band broke up, it never failed to show why Cream had the stellar reputation it did. Without studio sweetening, these tracks stand up beautifully in a live environment.

The combination of Ginger Baker's liberally jazz-inflected drumming, Jack Bruce's roaring, snarling yet melodic bass and Clapton's soulful blues phrasing cranked up to 11 was enough to get my attention at a young age and stuck with me ever since. Combined with memorable riffs and melodies, colorful chord progressions ("Tales of Brave Ulysses" and "Deserted Cities of The Heart" as great examples)and Jack Bruce's soaring voice, this was indeed a fearsome threesome that messed me up for life in a good way. The band's ability to combine the cry of the blues, colorful psychedelia and the loose "go for it" attitude of jazz improvisation was a miracle to behold.

"Steppin Out" takes a fun blues instrumental and shoots it to the moon with Clapton and Baker kicking out the jams and taking no prisoners.

Despite the nasty internal tensions that blew the band apart after their brief existence, they managed to put out an impressive catalog of music that would inspire for years to come. Can't recommend it enough.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 22, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is mostly a response to "kireviewer" below:
1). Contrary to what you've stated, the
album was brought out a full two years after
"Live Cream, Vol I". No "rush to cash in".
2). This is one of the first live rock albums
ever to utilize then-state-of-the-art mobile
recording technology, and the engineers involved
fully deserve a part of my five stars; this thing
sounds great!
For everybody else: Man, buy this thing! These performances
are the essence of great live blues-rock. Wonderful
album, all of it!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Alapick on October 17, 2006
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Released in 1972, Live Cream Volume 2 was the second posthumous live album released after the supergroup announced their breakup in 1968. Apparently, the band was still missed as like their first live album, Live Cream, it would reach the Top 40 in the U.S. However, the difference between them is evident almost from the get go. While Live Cream showed the band at their magical jamming best, Volume 2 reins in the excitement as the live tracks stay close to the originals. That's not to say that it isn't a strong album as the excellent interplay between Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, and Eric Clapton is still intact and the performances are still very strong. The opening track, "Deserted Cities of the Heart", is by far the most energetic song here as the band's performance sounds like a train that threatens to run off the tracks. Even though it clocks in at less than 5 minutes, the performance makes you look forward to the passion and experimentation that made the live disc of Wheels of Fire, Live Cream, and even the live songs on Goodbye so special. However, the band plays it straight for the next four tracks, particularly on "White Room" and "Politician." The album does redeem itself a little with Clapton's wah-wah solo on "Tales of Brave Ulysses" and the long closing jam on "Sunshine of Your Love." The closer "Steppin' Out" is not only Clapton's showcase but also the main reason to pick up the album. Easily one of their best live tracks, Clapton lets out a long bluesy solo for the first 4 minutes as Baker and Bruce change things up throughout. However, the best is yet to come. While Bruce takes a seat, Clapton lets out an a capella solo for around a minute before Baker slowly works his way in.Read more ›
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