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  • Audio CD (December 30, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polydor/PolyGram Records
  • ASIN: B000001F3L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,584 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Badge
2. Sunshine Of Your Love
3. Crossroads
4. White Room
5. Born Under A Bad Sign
6. Swlabr
7. Strange Brew
8. Anyone For Tennis? (The Savage Seven Theme)
9. I Feel Free
10. Politician
11. Tales Of Brave Ulysees
12. Spoonful

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Product Description

The groundbreaking work of this British psychedelic-blues supergroup deserves more thorough study but this 20-song compilation provides a useful overview for newcomers. Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker--virtuosos all--expanded the parameters of rock by incorporating a jazz sensibility into their distorted blues jams. This compilation mixes their odd original hits with a number of souped-up blues covers. The live version of Robert Johnson's "Crossroads" remains one of the greatest blues workouts a rock band has ever produced. Since Cream released only four albums, this set includes most of the highlights,and it illustrates how Cream cast the seeds of heavy metal. -- Marc Greilsamer

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Cream's blues-rooted rock was free, loud, and excessive, notably in concert during the trio's 196~8 lifetime. In the tracks on this compilation grandiloquence takes a backseat to serious, centralized musicmaking, from the straight blues of Robert Johnson's "Crossroads" (recorded live, with guitarist Eric Clapton intelligently taking flight) and Willie Dixon's "Spoonful" (Jack Bruce is a better bassist than harp blower) to splendid chart-denting pop tunes. -- © Frank John Hadley 1993 -- From Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD

Customer Reviews

It's now out of print, so look for a good used copy.
T. McCool
Though this is a good bunch of tracks, the one-disc collection is so much better.
finulanu
I am so glad they made this album since Fresh Cream is only available on vinyl.
M. L. Musto

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Kieran on December 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
My rating is not a reflection of the greatness of Cream, rather a forewarning to prospective buyers of this compilation. Before purchasing this compilation, consider that there is a vastly better one available for near the same price! "The Very Best of Cream" features all of the tracks presented "Strange Brew", an additional 8 tracks, and more extensive liner notes. Also "The Very Best of Cream", released in 1995, was the first Cream best of to be released exclusively on CD, and is mastered using Apogee's UV22 encoding that vastly improves the sound quality of the original songs, and the songs on this album. Save your money and get it instead!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The british psychedelic's rock bands studio and live track versions from their recordings is much like the anticipated "The Very Best of Cream" anthology compilation disc. With favorite song tunes including "Anyone For Tennis?" (The Savage Seven Theme), "Sunshine of Your Love" and "Badge". Are highlighted masterpieces with Jack Bruce's acoustic guitar sound effects performances right here!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Seim on July 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Though out of print, "Strange Brew" is still the best single-disc Cream sampler. All the essentials are here. "20th Century Masters" is also a good sampler, but it doesn't include the driving "Born Under a Bad Sign." Try to find "Strange Brew" if you can.
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If, in 1968, you'd predicted which rock stars of the day would survive, much less age well, Eric Clapton would most likely have been at the bottom of your list, had he made the list at all. That was the year I saw Cream perform, and while the show was spellbinding, the cast of characters was cadaverous. To be fair, at the time it was considered chic for rock stars to look like they were homeless, hadn't bathed in months, and subsisted on a steady diet of Mountain Dew and candy bars. Even by these low standards, Cream presented on-stage mayhem that only seemed possible through a barely managed tripartite psychosis and amphetamines.

A lot of rockers have "gone to France" since then, or worse, become grotesque caricatures of themselves. Some left the business altogether - Arthur Brown was last seen painting houses on Cape Cod. But the ironically nicknamed "Slowhand" is alive and well, having evolved as a player while still staying true to his blues roots. An amazing achievement. He even looks healthy. I saw him a year ago on a double bill with Robert Cray, (who simply burned the house down), and he still had the bite I noticed first on Stepping Out, which appears on the John Mayall album that introduced Eric Clapton. He also had most of the legendary speed.

What this longevity has meant is that there's always another crop of sprouts introduced to EC. The enterprising ones, who've heard that he lays claim to the title of "best rock guitarist ever," may follow the string to see where it leads, and it leads of course, to Cream, the first "super" group. Cream's tenure was brief, but its impact was immense. (Led Zeppelin, for example, got their entire act from Cream. Clapton was almost tapped to replace John Lennon in the Beatles.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jukebox Dave on December 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Like ERIC "SLOW HAND" CLAPTON's previous roots-of-rock project THE YARDBIRDS, British power trio CREAM hipped millions of listeners to the blooze via the most contorted interpretations of SKIP JAMES, ROBERT JOHNSON and ALBERT KING ever channeled through a psychedelic wah-wah pedal. This "jam band" predecessor boasted the unbeatable mind-meld of JACK BRUCE's soulful triple threat bass/harp/vocals (he also wrote the majority of CREAM classics with lyricist PETE BROWN), GINGER BAKER's jazz-stoked drum work, and CLAPTON's aggressive "Guitar God" pyrotechnics. The original material, including the heat-sinking hits WHITE ROOM and SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE were on a par with their mentors' down 'n dirty compositions I'M SO GLAD, CROSSROADS and SPOONFUL, which often became sprawling, improvisational workouts in their capable mitts. Not surprisingly, it was far too much talent to contain under one roof and they imploded after four albums in three short years. What's left behind is this intense, stunning account of an ensemble that actually lived up to all the "supergroup" hype...and how often does THAT happen?

RATING: FIVE SPOONFULS
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By A Customer on February 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Although short lived, Cream had a trio with the energy of Jimi Hendrix's Experience. Clapton got with these guys(Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce) and just layed down some of the most influential lines in Rock n Roll history. From the White Room with black curtains to the ever popular and often covered Sunshine Of Your Love, the band had some of those air guitars players playing until they couldn't play no mo'. Although the music varied a lot(anyone for tenis) the album is great! Even if the harder stuff is wanted for your collection from the earlier days, you can not count your collection complete without the first four/five songs from this great compilation. The music I refer to most of the album,I like to call it the hardest blues you hear. C'mon, Clapton left the Yardbirds for it, you should buy them at their best!
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