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Cream - BBC Sessions

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    Cream: Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar); Jack Bruce (vocals, harmonica, piano, bass); Ginger Baker (vocals, drums). Additional personnel: Brian Matthew (spoken vocals). Producers: Jeff Griffin, Bill Bebb, Bernie Andrews, Bev Phillips. Compilation producer......more

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Artist: Cream
Cream: Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar); Jack Bruce (vocals, harmonica, piano, bass); Ginger Baker (vocals, drums). Additional personnel: Brian Matthew (spoken vocals). Producers: Jeff Griffin, Bill Bebb, Bernie Andrews, Bev Phillips. Compilation producer: Bill Levenson. Recorded at Maida Vale 4, BBC Playhouse Theatre and Aeolian 2 Studios, London, England between November 1966 & January 1968. Includes liner notes by John McDermott. This is part of Polydor Records "BBC Sessions" series. Personnel: Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar); Jack Bruce (vocals, harmonica, piano); Ginger Baker (vocals, drums). Liner Note Author: John McDermott . Recording information: Aeolian 2, London, England (10/21/1966-01/14/1968); BBC Playhouse Theatre, London, England (10/21/1966-01/14/1968); Maida Vale 4, London, England (10/21/1966-01/14/1968). Photographers: David Redfern; Barry Wentzell. Arranger: Eric Clapton. Recorded for the BBC between 1966 and 1968, the 22 songs on this set find Cream at their most concise. Only two songs break the four-minute mark, which is striking for a trio that blazed a trail as an improvisational live act with all three members soloing furiously and at great length. Recorded live specifically for radio broadcast, these tracks capture Cream's furious and sometimes raw interplay. The earliest sessions predate the release of their debut, FRESH CREAM, by a few months. While blues tunes--both covers and originals--make up a significant portion of their offerings, it's some of their stabs at their own brand of pop that are the most riveting. Progressive rock in the literal sense, "N.S.U.," "Wrapping Paper," the moody "Tales of Brave Ulysses,"and the slightly funky, rather Hendrix-like Strange Brew"all have a richly unique character, standing completely on their own terms apart from the era's blues revival or any other genre.
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Disraeli Gears, Wheels of Fire, The Very Best of Cream, Gold
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Track Listing:
Disc 1:
  1. 1 Sweet Wine - (previously unreleased)
  2. 2 Eric Clapton Interview, No. 1 - (previously unreleased)
  3. 3 Wrapping Paper - (previously unreleased)
  4. 4 Rollin' and Tumblin' - (previously unreleased)
  5. 5 Steppin' Out - (previously unreleased)
  6. 6 Crossroads - (previously unreleased)
  7. 7 Cat's Squirrel - (previously unreleased)
  8. 8 Traintime - (previously unreleased)
  9. 9 I'm So Glad - (previously unreleased)
  10. 10 Lawdy Mama - (previously unreleased)
  11. 11 Eric Clapton Interview, No. 2 - (previously unreleased)
  12. 12 I Feel Free - (previously unreleased)
  13. 13 N.S.U. - (previously unreleased)
  14. 14 Four Until Late - (previously unreleased)
  15. 15 Strange Brew - (previously unreleased)
  16. 16 Eric Clapton Interview, No. 3 - (previously unreleased)
  17. 17 Tales of Brave Ulysses - (previously unreleased)
  18. 18 We're Going Wrong - (previously unreleased)
  19. 19 Eric Clapton Interview, No. 4 - (previously unreleased)
  20. 20 Born Under a Bad Sign - (previously unreleased)
  21. 21 Outside Woman Blues - (previously unreleased)
  22. 22 Take It Back - (previously unreleased)
  23. 23 Sunshine of Your Love - (previously unreleased)
  24. 24 Politician - (previously unreleased)
  25. 25 Swlabr - (previously unreleased)
  26. 26 Steppin' Out
Rock & Pop
Hard Rock
Polydor Records
Number of Discs:
Compact Disc
Studio or Live:
Mono or Stereo:
SPARS Coding:
68 : 30
Editorial Reviews:
Uncut (6/03, p.115) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Complete with evocative contemporary radio intros, their own compositions such as 'Strange Brew' and 'Tales of Brave Ulysses' stand the test of time....An essential companion to 1997's box set, THOSE WERE THE DAYS..."
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