Live Cream Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Live
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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, April 7, 1998
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Since 'Fresh Cream' was primarily a blues-rock album, 'Live Cream' exudes the same feel. On most of the numbers, however, such as the opener, 'N.S.U.' and 'Sweet Wine', the blues are fairly rapidly clicked up a notch as the band jams in rock mode. While 'N.S.U.' only timed out at 2:47 on 'Fresh Cream', it burns for over ten minutes here, while 'Sweet Wine' keeps pouring out for over fifteen minutes. Mercifully, especially given the year was 1968, we are spared any extended drum solo's, although if any drummer was worthy of an extended drum solo, it would be Ginger Baker. 'Sleepy Time Time' and a fine cover of Muddy Water's 'Rollin' and Tumblin' are only broadened by a few minutes over their studio counterparts on this disc. Jack Bruce contributes all of the lead vocals while Eric Clapton supplies occasional background support. The musicianship is exemplary, with Bruce's bass improvisations predominant.Read more ›
Jack, Eric and Ginger were like three racehorses desperate to cut loose from the gate. The nature of their musical relationship has to be unique in music history. All three having huge competitive egos, they were still totally, absolutely in sync at this magical moment in the short life of Cream. The resulting combined firepower is breathtaking; no wonder no other band wanted to be on the same bill. Clapton is simply phenomenal, and he is by far the weakest of the three musically. Bruce and Baker take the creative spirit to another level, completely free of cliche or repetition.
The heart of the matter is Sweet Wine, essentially a throwaway tune from the first album. Here it is the launch pad for the most complex, evolving, intuitive improvisation in the history of electric music. 35 years later, this music continues to shock and awe and astonish. Play it as loud as you can physically stand it.
The fifth song, Lawdy Mama is a short, interesting studio artifact It is Cream's version of a traditional blues tune that eventually evolved into Sunshine of Your Love.
If you like Cream, the best bet is to get the box set Those Were the Days. It includes all 6 Cream albums plus other unreleased material.
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These 2 albums were originally released separately. Live Cream was first appeared in April 1970 in the US and June 1970 in the UK, whereas Live Cream Volume II was released in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by John B. Buchanan
I never thought back in the late 60s that this would be my meat and potatoes music it is awesome this album has to be the best... Read morePublished 17 months ago by benjimin b dog
Some of the best innovative music of cream. Astonishing in it's rock, jazz, and blues mix.Published 17 months ago by Scott A. Kuntz