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1966-1968 Bbc Sessions [Best of]

Cream Audio CD
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1. Sweet Wine
2. Eric Clapton Interview 1
3. Wrapping Paper
4. Rollin' And Tumblin'
5. Steppin' Out
6. Crossroads
7. Cat's Squirrel
8. Traintime
9. I'm So Glad
10. Lawdy Mama
11. Eric Clapton Interview 2
12. I Feel Free
13. N.S.U.
14. Four Until Late
15. Strange Brew
16. Eric Clapton Interview 3
17. Tales Of Brave Ulysses
18. We're Going Wrong
19. Eric Clapton Interview 4
20. Born Under A Bad Sign
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22 live-in-the-studio performances by Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce, only two of which have been released before! Includes renditions of then-current singles like I Feel Free , previews of upcoming album tracks like Sunshine of Your Love and versions of concert favorites like Crossroads , all recorded between November 1966 and January 1968. A major find!


Betwixt journeyman stints with the Yardbirds and John Mayall and decades of laurel-resting, guitar god Eric Clapton was but one competitive third of what remains rock's most compelling power trios. Cream's penchant for incendiary live excess was legendary, a fact that makes the release of these 22 live-in-studio recordings for the BBC (which span just over a year of the band's early, brief career) all the more interesting. Powered by Ginger Baker's complex rhythms and the kinetic bass lines and burnished vocals of Jack Bruce, Clapton's playing is focused and intense, with the trio bringing a pop-smart economy to its slate of over-amped blues ("Rollin' and Tumblin'," "Cat's Squirrel") and originals that veered from nascent pop-psychedelia ("Strange Brew," "Sunshine of Your Love") to music-hall kitsch ("Wrapping Paper," "Take It Back"). The tracks here--fully 20 of them previously unreleased--offer extensive contemporary live previews of Disraeli Gears and even more compelling early workouts of material that would appear on Wheels of Fire. Though the collection's four Clapton interview excerpts come at the expense of Baker and Bruce, their musical accomplishments here can't be denied. It's as taught and focused a primer on the oft-overblown world of '60s blues rock as one is likely to find. Cream, indeed. --Jerry McCulley

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mounting Platform for the REAL Cream April 1 2004
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The record executives don't seem to realize that to fans music isn't a consumer product, it's art (work is because you have to, art is because you want to) For the first time The Cream BBC sessions are available legally, and this is a wonderful thing...because Cream was the kind of band who's really ment to be heard in a live, raw, raunchy, and improvised manner. This album gives a casual listener the chance to be exposed that scratch and pop warmth and genious and serves as a great mounting platform for getting into the legendary bootlegs of this band, 15 minute jams, and all. The songs on this album are concise by comparison, but they paint and exceptionally accurate picture of what this band was about. So here's your first taste of real streetlegal Cream. Get addicted.
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1.0 out of 5 stars HAIL TO THE LOUSY DAYS OF AM RADIO Jan. 5 2004
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I'm afraid there is not much to recommend this CD. Cream is one of the best bands that ever existed; but this collection of BBC sessions does not add anything to what can be had in their "official" albums. All of these selections come from that brief time of Fresh Cream and Disraili Gears. The sound quality is little above AM radio condition and there is no hint of stereo separation. None of the songs in this collection are extended performances and the four interviews with Eric Clapton shed no light on Cream beyond what could be gleaned from a short encyclopedia article on the band.
Other "BBC Sessions" of the Beatles, The Who, and Led Zeppelin were well worth getting. The sound quality for those recordings was also substandard but what made them worthwhile was that they were fun to listen to. For some reason, that sense of "fun" is missing here. For only those who must collect every recorded note Cream played
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent songs, excellent band, excellent CD Jan. 30 2004
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I bought this CD in store because of the shear number of tracks on it and I wanted to get a good taste of this band after liking Sunshine of Your Love on Internet radio. Now this stuff is way before my time and I'm more of a Nirvana/Led Zeppelin person, but I wasn't disappointed. I don't listen to this CD everyday like I do others, but this CD is definately good; songs like Tales of Brave Uylesses and Sunshine of Your Love are excellent, and Sweet Wine and Wrapping Paper are really nice. It's interesting to see what they called blues back then and is now very obviously classic rock. If you like classic rock, you'll like this, but I don't recommed this to any die-hard Green Day fans or anything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historic Live Cream!!! Dec 6 2003
Format:Audio CD
At long last, the famed BBC sessions have been released from the powerhouse-trio of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker collectively known as Cream.
"BBC Sessions" captures Cream at its finest and rawest. While it doesn't equal the live performances on classic albums like "Wheels Of Fire" or the two volumes of "Live Cream", this CD still demonstrates the hard-hitting intensity that the band was best known for. Eric Clapton guitar playing shines with brilliance throughout this collection while Jack Bruce's commanding vocals and muscular bass work as well as Ginger Baker's madhouse percussion never fall out of place. With the exception of two tracks ("Lawdy Mama" and the closing version of "Steppin' Out"), the music from these historic sessions are released here for the first time ever. Sound quality for the most part is very good. The only tracks which sounded muffled (at least to my ears) were "Crossroads" and "Sunshine Of Your Love". Also, all of the tracks were recorded in mono.
All technical flaws aside, "BBC Sessions" is an absolute must for Cream/Clapton enthusiasts. Fans just getting to know the band may want to pick up the "Very Best of" compilation before diving into this one. "BBC sessions" definitely does not disappoint however. This is Cream at their most stripped-down and at their most exciting. Definitely Historic Live Cream!!
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You start with Clapton with the Yardbirds, and the John Mayall "Beano" album w/Clapton, add the Gram Bond Organization Sounds of 65 w/Bruce and Baker. That brings you to this album.
The recordings are spread throughout the time of their first two studio albums, Fresh Cream and Disraeli Gears. There are songs never recorded on regular releases, live versions of songs from the regular releases, as well as early (different) live versions of songs on their later live releases on Wheels of Fire, Goodbye Cream and Live Cream, so there's no redundancy with previous releases.
Then you want to follow up on Bruce and Baker on their post-cream efforts. Clapton is, after all, only one third of the talent here. You already know about Blind Faith and Derek and the Dominos, right?
The sound quality suffers from 1966 studio engineers who don't yet know how to record a really loud band in the studio, or to recognize the bass as a lead instrument and not bury it in the background. As a result. the voices and instruments are too "cleanly" recorded, sucking out much of the fullness of the sound.
Picture these guys diving at their controls, turning all the knobs down to "1", while the Marshall amps are breaking the plaster out of the ceilings.
That said, the performances are brilliant! Who cares about the problems. It's not distortion or additional noise, but rather omission of what could have made it sound better than it does. If you want to get snobby about audiophile properties, you're missing the point. These are great performances we didn't have before, by brilliant artists, and they are supremely enjoyable for their musical value. I'm grateful to have them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pop and Blues at the BBC
BBC SESSIONS collects fourteen months worth of Cream's
appearances on BBC Radio and incorporates both pop songs
from the famous trio's repertoire, as well as a nice... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Uldis Kundrats
5.0 out of 5 stars Cream at the BEEB
I read the reviews regarding sound quality, as well as reviews of other BBC Sessions albums I have and decided that the complaints come from trying to compare these live recordings... Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2003 by Stagliano
3.0 out of 5 stars Not again
Another standart compilation of great great stuff but materials that been released already and been heard 1000's of times over and over again anywhere possible and... Read more
Published on Sept. 1 2003 by Ziv Livni
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing
New recordings from great bands are always welcome. This is the case with these BBC tracks. They bring you back to a time when rock was as experimental as it was naive and intense. Read more
Published on Aug. 29 2003 by Luis C. Diaz
4.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible if you love Cream
The only reason I gave this 4 instead of 5 stars is the sound quality, which is good but not as great as other BBC outings like Hendrix and Led Zeppelin. Read more
Published on Aug. 10 2003 by Lawrence A. Strid
2.0 out of 5 stars brilliant performances marred by bad sound
If you're a die-hard fan then you might want to check this out just to hear a different side of Cream, forced by time constraints to compress their usual lengthy intrumentation... Read more
Published on June 24 2003 by J. E. C. Burton
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid performances but what about the sound?
Cream is one of my favourite bands and I treasure any new release. Pity is that this includes only one track (a very short but very interesting Crossroads) that has not been... Read more
Published on June 23 2003 by Patto53
2.0 out of 5 stars You'll Maybe Cue This Up Twice...
Even the most diehard Cream fan will find listening to this disc all the way through a real chore. The sound varies, several songs are incomplete (Crossroads for one), and that... Read more
Published on June 18 2003 by "The Woj"
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