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  • Audio CD (June 2 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002GFC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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1. Wrapping Paper
2. I Feel Free
3. NSU
4. Sweet Wine
5. I'm So Glad
6. Spoonful
7. Strange Brew
8. Sunshine Of Your Love
9. Tales Of Brave Ulysses
10. Swlabr
11. We're Going Wrong
12. White Room
13. Sitting On Top Of The World
14. Politician
15. Those Were The Days
16. Born Under A Bad Sign
17. Deserted Cities Of The Heart
18. Crossroads
19. Anyone For Tennis
20. Badge

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Unavailable in the U.S.! Import pressing of this collection from the British trio, the most comprehensive single-disc Cream compilation on the market. Despite the fact the group was mostly esteemed as a live, Blues-based extended-jams outfit that sometimes didn't know when to quit, most of the songs here are tuneful, concise studio tracks with Beatle-esque touches in the arrangements; it's hard to imagine how anybody could dismiss gems like 'White Room', 'Strange Brew' or 'Badge' as excessive. 20 tracks. Polydor.

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 includesv most of the highlights, and it illustrates how Cream cast the seeds of heavy metal. -- Marc Greilsamer

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rocker_Man on March 10 2004
Format: Audio CD
No one can deny that Cream was one of the greatest classic hard rock bands of all time. With the talents of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Jack Bruce combined, the results could only be good. Like just about any classic rock band out there, Cream has had a number of hits compilations released over the years - and this is one of many. Read on for my review of the Very Best of Cream.
-If you're a casual fan who is seeking all of the big hits the group released over the years, you've come to the right place! Strange Brew, Sunshine of Your Love, White Room, Crossroads, Badge, and all the other tracks you have come to know and love can be found here.
-In addition to the big hits, you also get a number of underrated masterpieces, including I Feel Free and I'm So Glad. There is WAY more to this band than most people think.
-It's a compilation that is readily available in a number of stores.
-The price of this compilation will make it ideal to the casual fan.
-You get TWENTY TRACKS ON ONE DISC! That makes the set a great value.
-Many die-hard fans of the band will tell you that a few selections got deprived of their place on here, and I'm going to have to agree with that. Where's the title track from the Disreli Gears album?
-If you're a casual fan of Eric Clapton in general, I recommend buying a career-spanning compilation, rather than just one that covers his Cream years (the compilation entitled the Cream of Clapton would be a good bet.)
-Cream didn't release very many albums. You're better off buying them all separately.
What more can I say? If you're a casual Cream fan, I really doubt you'll be disappointed with this collection. These guys were classic hard rock gods, and this compilation proves that point twenty times over.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela on June 12 2004
Format: Audio CD
Imagine the ensemble : Eric Clapton guitar , Jack Bruce bass and Ginger Baker in drums. This team is in the rock music something like The New York Yankees in Major Leagues.
Powerful rhytms , advanced ideas and keep in mind that every one of these super gifted musician were among the top list in every one of his instruments.
Think in classical rock themes as The White Room , Badge, In the sunshine of your love , The tales of Brave Ulysses or Politician.
If you're a teenager, or even not, this album is a must for you because it's a decisive turning point in the rock music .
Cream was a status ensemble and still we can feel his powerful influence in certain bands.
A must in your collection.
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Probably one of the best comp. CDs you can buy if you are interested in psychedelic rock, Eric Clapton, classic rock, blues-rock, or any and all of the above. This famous band, Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Jack Bruce, which formed in the mid 1960s and broke up in the late 1960s, managed to produce some studio albums, couple of live albums, and some flatout psychedelic staples that would prove both enormously popular and enormously influential.

Cream, like any great band, was also wonderfully versatile. Not only did they do blues and hard-rock, but they did gentle lilting ballads and psychedelic jams. "Spoonful", the old Willie Dixon song, is remade into an epic, acid-blues track here. "Tales of Brave Ulysses" turns Homer on his head. "Politician" has one of my al ltime favorite Clapton riffs. "Wrapping Paper", the band's first single, is also sedate but great fun to sing along too. "Crossroads", a live track taken from their 1968 double album WHEEL OF FIRE (half studio, half live), is seen by many (including E.C. himself) as Clapton's definitive song. "Anyone For Tennis" sounds like an aural twin to "Wrapping Paper". For you Beatles fans, George Harrison co-wrote the last track to this album with Eric Clapton, the phenomenal "Badge", and also played rhythm guitar.

With any major band, there's been a long line of compilations for this band. This is one of the best ones. Longer than the Strange Brew comp from the 1980s, aimed at the causal listener looking for a single disc Cream, it's long enough to feature the majority of the most important work. If I'm not mistaken there's been some more comprehensive comps. released after this, but for a single disc jobber nothing beats this.

For the hard core Cream fans, there will be those who complain some tracks are left off. Cream only released four albums, so it's just as easy to get them. But if you're looking for an introduction to the band, this is one of the best places to start.
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By A Customer on March 2 2004
Format: Audio CD
Classic British psychedelica - which clearly indicates that some of the lesser known (but still important Cream milestones) are also included. The heavy hitters are also included and the liner notes are interesting. This is a history lesson. I enjoy listening to this era, because I remember this era. Cream may have been groundbreaking, but other outfits were also in contention (i.e. Hendrix, Doors, Stones, Beatles) so the the competition was stiff. That said, one has to realize that this music was introduced during a period when recording engineering was really just coming out of its infancy (when compared to the tools in use today). So, some of the tracks (the early ones) have a cheesy sound. Beatle records of this same period had a much better sound quality due to the fact that the Beatles (corp) was dumping a lot of money into state of the art equipment on which to record... Sgt Peppers was recorded on what... 4 or 8 tracks and THAT was a HUGE step forward technologically. All in all this is a good compilation/retrospect that documents Cream. In that regard it has value. I guess one could say, it's a groovy record... and it did take me back... I started thinking about other groups like Vanilla Fudge, Big Brother, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Moby Grape, and was wondering if it all sound this dated (and yes it did!) oh there were some groups which weighed in heavy, groundbreaking, perhaps the Experience (Hendrix), Cream, Doors but British psychedelica was different than the American version, in some respects a little tamer with only a few exceptions (Hendrix and Cream), the rest of the British scene were hold over "invasion" bands --gettin' heavy-- back then it didn't seem that way, but in retrospect that's what the musical legacy has left the listener with. It was another time, pop bands got groovy and a few newcomers came onto their own or evolved into different groups with much more to say. You have to appreciate that when giving this a listen.
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