I recommend the album be revised for future releases. I will go through Cream's four albums and discuss changes that I think should be made.
ADD: Spoonful. This studio version has been featured on every previous Cream collection (Best of Cream, Heavy Cream, Strange Brew: The Very Best of Cream, The Very Best of Cream, Those Were the Days, 20th Century Masters: The Millenium Collection: The Best of Cream). Perhaps this cut is not being included because the live version is on disc two, but both versions are necessary (much like N.S.U., Sunshine of Your Love, and I'm So Glad, each of which is featured in both studio and live versions). "Spoonful" should be placed after all "Fresh Cream" tracks and before any "Disraeli Gears" tracks.
ADD: Dance the Night Away. This was Cream's breakthrough album, and part of the reason I think this "Gold" collection is so excellent is that it contains six of the songs from that album. However, this is clearly one of the best from that album, and it is absent here.
ADD: Outside Woman Blues. Place between "SWLABR" and "We're Going Wrong."
REMOVE: World of Pain. This is a good song, but it is not as strong as the two aforementioned, so in order to make space for those, it should be removed.
Wheels of Fire:
REMOVE: Passing the Time. Just as this is the only Cream collection without the studio cut of "Spoonful," this is also the only Cream collection with this sub-par track. It is clearly one if their weaker songs, and it should be removed.
Remove: "Doing the Scrapyard Thing," "What a Bringdown." Cream's final album was a disappointment to critics and fans alike. The only one of the three studio cuts from the album (the other tracks were live) that has earned any recognition is "Badge." The other two cuts are superfluous, weakening both that album and this collection. Cutting them, "World of Pain," and "Passing the Time" to make room for "Spoonful," "Dance the Night Away," and "Outside Woman Blues" would be a good choice.
Disc two of the collection is nearly perfect. It is such a gift to us Cream fans that Cream's best live moments have been compiled onto a single disc. Live Cream releases over the years felt like quickly thrown together collections intended to capitalize on the popularity of Cream without giving the musicians the respect they deserve. Not here. The only minor complaint I have here is "I'm So Glad," which was recorded later than the rest of the tracks and feels out of place. Still, this is a great disc, of which there are not enough superlatives for.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review, and please leave me helpful feedback of you agree with the changes I suggest.