Cream was at its best live - and it's such a pity that live recording was just emerging from its infancy when these tracks were caught. But even through the murk of my cheap stereo speakers back when I first placed this bit of vinyl on my turntable back in '71, I was astonished. If you are a musician or an instrumentalist, it's hard not to let your jaw drop at the effortless way these three men played together. While every music critic likes to prattle on about the live version of "Crossroads" epitomizing Cream, it's easy to make a case that "Sleepy Time Time" surpasses the old Robert Johnson tune in terms of a performance. Clapton's notes sometimes wait until the last possible moment to sound making you sit on the edge of your seat, his Firebird sounding full and crisp. Jack Bruce plays brilliant counterpoint, when he's not actually taking the lead on passages. And there's Ginger Banker, at times restrained and at times a mad man - but always on point. When I heard that this set had been remasterd for digital audio, I knew I had to have a copy.