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Those Were the Days Box set, Import

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Specially repackaged 2008 edition of this four CD box set consisting of 63 tracks that divide Cream's short but immensely influential career into two halves. The first two discs feature every studio track the group ever released, plus a handful of unreleased tracks, alternate takes and rarities. The other two discs are devoted to restored live material, which bring to life some of Cream's finest eclectic moments in concert such as Live at Winterland in San Francisco 1968. The power trio of guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker were visionary with their distinctive sound, a unique collision of Blues, Jazz, Folk and Psychedelic Rock that not only defined the band's identity but captured the thrilling heady atmosphere of the late 1960s and set the ground work for rock bands that followed in the 1970s. This remarkably comprehensive collection comes complete with an extensive booklet, rare photographs and digitally remastered recordings. Universal.

Disc: 1
1. Wrapping Paper
2. I Feel Free
3. N.S.U.
4. Sleepy Time Time
5. Dreaming
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Disc: 2
1. White Room
2. Sitting on Top of the World
3. Passing the Time [In the Studio][Alternate Take][Version]
4. As You Said
5. Pressed Rat and Warthog
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Disc: 3
1. N.S.U. [#]
2. Sleepy Time Time [Live]
3. Rollin' and Tumblin' [Live]
4. Crossroads [Live]
5. Spoonful [Live]
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Disc: 4
1. White Room [Live]
2. Politician [Live]
3. I'm So Glad [Live]
4. Sitting on Top of the World [Live]
5. Stepping Out [Live]
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 3, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B001675SKS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,576 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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110 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Cream has the distinction of being the world's first supergroup. Comprised of Eric Clapton (guitar, vocals), Jack Bruce (bass, vocals), and Ginger Baker (drums) they would reshape the rock landscape over the course of four studio albums between December 1966 and January 1969 forging a hybrid of hard rock, heavy metal and the blues.
This 4-CD box set includes Cream's four studio albums in their entirety, plus most of the live material from Wheels of Fire, Live Cream, Vol. 1 and 2, and a handful of non-album singles and previously unreleased live songs.
Disc 1 contains Cream's first U.K. single "Wrapping Paper" and a previously unreleased version of "Lawdy Mama"--the version that originally appeared on Live Cream is on disc-2.
Disc-2 contains the non-album single "Anyone for Tennis," "The Coffee Song" (which previously only appeared on the U.K. reissue of Fresh Cream), five previously unissued demos (of which only "SWLABR" eventually made it onto an album), and a Falstaff beer commercial(!) to round out the disc.
The first two discs represent the studio material. Jack Bruce with lyricist Pete Brown wrote much of the band's original material, although Clapton did make some contributions, including "Strange Brew," Tales of Brave Ulysses" and "Badge," the latter with George Harrison who also provided rhythm guitar.
Discs 3 and 4 are all live recordings. The newly released material includes a 12-minute version of "N.S.U.," an extended 17-minute version of "Toad" and a performance of "Sunshine of Your Love" taken from the Glen Campbell Show in May 1968.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By J. Harmon on March 8, 2005
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This is the real deal. If you want to hear one of the greatest bands of all time, in their entirety, get this box set. Every official release is on this set. You get Fresh Cream, Disraeli Gears, Wheels of Fire, Goodbye, The "Wrapping Paper" and "Anyone For Tennis" singles, an outtake from the Fresh Cream sessions, and several demos from the "Lost" sessions. And to top it all off, you get the "Falstaff Beer" song. Disc 1 and 2 are the studio sides, while 3 and 4 are devoted to the live recordings. These are perhaps the greatest live stuff ever recorded by a rock band. Some of these jams make Jimi look tame!!

I recommend this box set for anyone who wants to emmerse themselves in the orgy that is Cream. I recommend it to a new fan, but if this set is too much for the casual fan, there is the 20-track "The Very Best of Cream", which is much more affordable($16 compared to $53!!). But if you are a huge and obssessed fan like me, you won't mind spending $53 hard earned dollars on this. If something ever happened to my copy of this, I wouldn't hesitate for a second to get another copy. Get this as soon as you can, and please, for my sake(and a whole lot of others), don't let great music like this be overshadowed by s**t that is produced today!!!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By the dirty mac on August 15, 2002
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It would be hard to identify another band that accomplished as much in as little time as Cream did. This 4 CD box set does perfect justice to them because it contains almost everything of value that they ever recorded. Disc 1 has the complete albums FRESH CREAM (1966) and DISRAELI GEARS (1967) plus the non-LP single "Wrapping Paper" and one demo track. Disc 2 contains all of the studio tracks from WHEELS OF FIRE (1968) and GOODBYE (1969) plus the non-LP single "Anyone for Tennis" and a slew of rare or previously unreleased tracks.
Anyone with an interest in this set is probably aware of the band's history and biggest songs. It might be best to call attention to the oddities or curiosities contained hererin. Their debut album FRESH CREAM has most of their least heralded music. Its best songs tend to be covers of American blues classics like "Spoonful," "Rollin' and Tumblin'," and "Cat's Squirrel." Their cover of Robert Johnson's "From Four Until Late" is a bit of a shock, because in retrospect it sounds more like a track from one of Eric Clapton's 1970s albums. "I Feel Free," written by Jack Bruce with guest lyricist Pete Brown, is probably the best of that album's original songs. (Belinda Carlisle did a fantastic cover version of that song in 1987.)
Cream achieved their biggest commercial and critical successes with DISRAELI GEARS and WHEELS OF FIRE, both of which formed the core of their repertoire. A favorite of mine is "Pressed Rat and Wart Hog," on which Ginger Baker achieves heights of surrealism that Syd Barrett would envy. Of the three studio tracks from GOODBYE, "Badge" is by far the best. George Harrison co-wrote the song and played rhythm guitar to pay Clapton back for playing lead guitar on the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By James McDonnell on January 19, 2000
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The Cream experience was always multifaceted and exciting, both visually and musically. There was nothing subtle or understated about this group. The music and the album cover art was always memorable, innovative and colorful (some would say florid). There has always been 2 Eric Clapton's; one which overflows with energy, passion & adrenaline and the other devoid of it. This CD collection captures the former EC in all of his blazing and colorful guitar slinging glory, wired to 300 watts of Marshall stack amplifiers. Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker will always be the ultimate power rhythm section, setting the standard for all of those who would follow, including Zeppelin and Rush. Any collection which includes Dance the night away, White Room, Badge, Sunshine, Scrapyard, Crossroads, Those were the days, Ulysses, SWALABR, Strange Brew, & World of Pain plus superb liner notes which fully documents the group from inception to demise, with superb photographs is well worth the investment. The tracks have been digitally remastered, enhancing the listening experience, especially for the live tracks. This box set is thoughtful, comprehensive and is the ultimate word on the first and foremost power trio of the late 60's. Cream is 1/3 of the 60's holy trinity; the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix comprise the other 2/3.
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clapton's version of blue condition, originally sung by ginger baker, is only on disraeli gears deluxe version. if u have an ipod, just download it, then u have everything. simple.
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