Gold (Rm) (2CD) Original recording remastered, Best of
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The Definitive 2 CD Anthology featuring 29 groundbreaking performances. Including an entire disc of 8 classic live performances. Packaged with A deluxe booklet featuring detailed Information,photos & aninformative essay. Polydor. 2005.
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But wait! There's more! Not only do you get all of the above tracks remastered in 20 bit in 2005, you get a live disc that includes a wonderfully barbaric, pounding N.S.U., Sleepy Time Time, Rollin' and Tumblin' (from Live Cream), Spoonful, the amazing Crossroads, and Toad (all but one of the Live tracks from Wheels of Fire), Sunshine of Your Love (from Live Cream II) and I'm So Glad (one of the live tracks from Goodbye).
This is the ultimate collection if you don't want to go out and buy all the CDs. In fact, you get darn near all of Wheels of Fire and I don't think it is even available at this writing.
This is a great remaster, all of the tracks still sound great. Jack Bruce was/is such a great song writer, it's a shame he really doesn't get the credit he's due for Cream's sound. Clapton and Baker are great but Bruce, he provided the foundation with his wonderful song writing skills. It's amazing just how much the young Jack Bruce knew about harmony and melody. And Pete Brown's poetic lyrics are just incredible, especially White Room - a song about losing the center of your world, your love, your "contentment", hoping she'll come back, and then briefly falling for her again at a party only to remember the heartbreak she'll bring:
At the party she was kindness in the hard crowd
Consolation for the old wound now forgotten
Yellow tigers crouched in jungles in her dark eyes
She's just dressing, goodbye windows, tired starlings.
Wow! Bruce and Brown - what a song writing team! I would post the entire lyric (it is so wonderful) but last time I did that Amazon nixed my posting due to copyright blah blah blah.
If you "weren't there" and aren't very familiar with Cream's work, this is a treasure trove. If you are middle-aged, this is a wonderful trip (ha ha) down memory lane!
What are you waiting for, this is a real bargain! Two fantastic disks, newly remastered and positively oozing and overflowing with Cream's best work for the price of a single disk. Unbelievable!
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.
On with Creams gold. Cream is one of rock and rolls all time biggest, best, and most influential bands of all time, and as time goes on the bands legacy only seems to grow! As generations past new ones seem to discover this band more and more. So its easy to understand how you could make a bad best of by Cream because of how many important songs that band made, but Gold hit the nail on the head.
Not only doe this collection cover the bands big hits like 'Sunshine Of your Love' 'I Feel Free' 'Strange Brew' 'Im So Glad' and 'White Room' but they also put the real classics here like 'Badge' 'SWALBR' 'Tales Of Brave Ulyssis' and 'World Of Pain' which is amazing because those are the bands best songs and they often get left off of best of's and its a real let down, but once again the Gold collection came through here and delivered the goods, and boy did they deliver them right!
As I sit and think about what this collection could have to make it better im cant think of anything, usually I would say maybe a few live tracks, but here you get a whole nother disc dedicated to live material which is great here because live performances is what Cream was known for, so no complaints there.
As far as im concerned this is the best Cream collection out there, with out the box set anyways, so if you want to get into Cream this is the way to go!