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Strange Brew Very Best Of Best of


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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000001F3L
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #64,819 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Badge
2. Sunshine Of Your Love
3. Crossroads
4. White Room
5. Born Under A Bad Sign
6. Swlabr
7. Strange Brew
8. Anyone For Tennis? (The Savage Seven Theme)
9. I Feel Free
10. Politician
11. Tales Of Brave Ulysees
12. Spoonful

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The groundbreaking work of this British psychedelic-blues supergroup deserves more thorough study but this 20-song compilation provides a useful overview for newcomers. Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker--virtuosos all--expanded the parameters of rock by incorporating a jazz sensibility into their distorted blues jams. This compilation mixes their odd original hits with a number of souped-up blues covers. The live version of Robert Johnson's "Crossroads" remains one of the greatest blues workouts a rock band has ever produced. Since Cream released only four albums, this set includes most of the highlights,and it illustrates how Cream cast the seeds of heavy metal. -- Marc Greilsamer

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kieran on Dec 6 2003
Format: Audio CD
My rating is not a reflection of the greatness of Cream, rather a forewarning to prospective buyers of this compilation. Before purchasing this compilation, consider that there is a vastly better one available for near the same price! "The Very Best of Cream" features all of the tracks presented "Strange Brew", an additional 8 tracks, and more extensive liner notes. Also "The Very Best of Cream", released in 1995, was the first Cream best of to be released exclusively on CD, and is mastered using Apogee's UV22 encoding that vastly improves the sound quality of the original songs, and the songs on this album. Save your money and get it instead!
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By "stoned_monkey" on Feb. 25 2002
Format: Audio CD
cream were great! my dad used to listen to this album when i was younger and i never really liked it that much! now i am 17 i have realised how stupid i was! obviously there are most of the classics 'sunshine of your love', 'white room' etc. so if you dont own any cream then it is worth picking up! brilliant to smoke too! that always helps! but i would recommend some yardbird's stuff if you like cream and jeff beck (also brilliant). there isn't much point writing this really cos there are plenty of people out there who know a lot more about them than i do! but i just wanted to leave a message to the 'stoners' who want some cool smoking music really! so sorry, but im sure you all know the classic cream tracks anyway! so you probably shouldn't be reading this! or maybe you should! anyway 'white room' is one of the greatest songs in the world!! if you haven't heard any cream download that song and if you dont like it then there is no helping you!
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By A Customer on Feb. 1 2000
Format: Audio CD
Although short lived, Cream had a trio with the energy of Jimi Hendrix's Experience. Clapton got with these guys(Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce) and just layed down some of the most influential lines in Rock n Roll history. From the White Room with black curtains to the ever popular and often covered Sunshine Of Your Love, the band had some of those air guitars players playing until they couldn't play no mo'. Although the music varied a lot(anyone for tenis) the album is great! Even if the harder stuff is wanted for your collection from the earlier days, you can not count your collection complete without the first four/five songs from this great compilation. The music I refer to most of the album,I like to call it the hardest blues you hear. C'mon, Clapton left the Yardbirds for it, you should buy them at their best!
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Format: Audio CD
Ahh, Cream. So brief was their existence, yet so important and revolutionary. Here we have a great introduction to their work. A trio of musicians unlike any other. Jack Bruce's voice is marvelous, as is his bass playing. Their music was very blues-based, but electrified, taken to new realms. And Bruce never resorted to the standard blues patterns. If you listen to the bass during Clapton's (amazing) solos, you will hear a level of improvisatory interaction unheard of from bassists in rock at the time. Bruce once said in an interview : "Cream was a Jazz band, we just didn't tell Eric." Now it makes sense! The jam-band scene owes a lot to Cream, and also obviously to the Grateful Dead. Get this cd if you want a nice, yet brief overview of Cream's amazing music.
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By A Customer on Aug. 30 1999
Format: Audio CD
In regards to Eric Clapton's recording, many of his songs after Cream, though extraordinary, lack the incredible guitar solos that are on this CD (I can't speak for his stuff before because I haven't heard very much of it). I never knew that rock could be done this well before I heard this CD. "Sunshine Of Your Love", "White Room", and "Crossroads" are definately my favorites. I think "Crossroads" is among the best performances Clapton has ever done. Buy this CD, its the best.
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By A Customer on Nov. 2 1999
Format: Audio CD
...The cover art from Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire! Great music in a compact and complete retrospective. The youthful energy of these takes is balanced with virtuosity. Whoever heard a bassist play guitar-style like Jack Bruce? Or a drummer play as conspicuously as Ginger Baker? And, of course, who ever heard a guitarist wail like the young Eric Clapton? Everyone should own some album with Crossroads on it. As a song not included here says, "Those were the days."
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