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Specially repackaged 2008 edition of this four CD box set consisting of 63 tracks that divide Cream's short but immensely influential career into two halves. The first two discs feature every studio track the group ever released, plus a handful of unreleased tracks, alternate takes and rarities. The other two discs are devoted to restored live material, which bring to life some of Cream's finest eclectic moments in concert such as Live At Winterland in San Francisco 1968. The power trio of guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker were visionary with their distinctive sound, a unique collision of Blues, Jazz, Folk and Psychedelic Rock that not only defined the band's identity but captured the thrilling heady atmosphere of the late 1960s and set the ground work for rock bands that followed in the 1970s. This remarkably comprehensive collection comes complete with an extensive booklet, rare photographs and digitally remastered recordings. Universal.
Cream was the first of three supergroups spawned by the Yardbirds' three stellar axmen (they preceded the original Jeff Beck Group by a year and Jimmy Page's Led Zeppelin by two). The trio of guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce, and drummer extraordinaire (and band founder) Ginger Baker earned a reputation for fiery live performances rife with improvised blues-based jams (epitomized by Willie Dixon's "Spoonful") that could last half an hour. Two of this set's four discs are devoted to live Cream, showcasing prowess and interplay so powerful as to overshadow its occasional lapses into self-indulgence. Clapton admirers more familiar with his latter-day laid-back persona may be shocked at the incendiary musician showcased on these live cuts. Cream progressed over the course of its three and a half studio records (included here in their entirety). Electric blues evolution was their forte, but they also captured sounds that were moody and acoustic-tinged ("As You Said," "Passing the Time"), music-hall-influenced ("Mother's Lament," "Wrapping Paper"), and progressively poetic ("Deserted Cities of the Heart," "Pressed Rat and Warthog"). --Jerry McCulley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Most pleased with this collection - now I can retire my vinyl versions.Published 5 months ago by Brian
This a great box set, but the songs are not remaster well or even at all. If you want great sound buy the remastered CDs.Published on April 12 2004 by Ruby
It would be hard to identify another band that accomplished as much in as little time as Cream did. This 4 CD box set does perfect justice to them because it contains almost... Read morePublished on Aug. 15 2002 by the dirty mac
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why Eric Clapton was inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame three times? Or why Clapton has at least 4 box sets dedicated to his music? Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2002 by jbembe
I can see how some find the sound to be not as crips, unless it were vinyl, that some folks would like. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2002 by Eric E. Weinraub
If you are a serious classic rock collector this set must be part of your personal collection. Cream short career of three years was one of the most influencias in rock history by... Read morePublished on Dec 21 2001 by Luis C. Diaz
It is difficult to overestimate the importance of this band. It is often pointed out that Cream was the first and strongest of the Power Trios that would become musical fixtures... Read morePublished on Dec 19 2001 by R. dolce
"Those Were The Days" is a Cream box set containing 2 disks of their complete studio recordings with some unissued tracks and alternate takes, and 2 disks of live... Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2001 by J. E FELL