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Very Best Of


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  • Audio CD (Dec 8 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000002GFC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,910 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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.

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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 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.
PROS:
-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.
CONS:
-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.
OVERALL:
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 Gomez Pardo 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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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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By Harry Falik on Dec 5 2003
Format: Audio CD
Sorry folks but this is NOT the very best of Cream. Heresy you say? No way. Sure it contains all the classics like Sunshine and White Room but those are all studio recordings. The Cream playing in a studio is like a caged tiger, totally subdued. It needs to be free in order to be in all its glory. The Cream accomplishes this on their live stuff. The lone live track Crossroads only gives a hint to the limits Cream achieved and that song has been a staple of Classic Rock stations like WNEW-FM New York for decades. If you want to hear Cream at their best you need to get "Wheels of Fire" and listen to "Spoonful". From just after the break at about the 2:48 mark to about 7:30 you will go from zero to warp drive. The Cream is not about glamor glitter or snazzy pop production. It's about playing full tilt. Ginger Baker, the Drummer, collapsed on several occasions after concerts due to his ferocious play. Unfortunately live recordings in the 60's wasn't an important item (until Cream and Hendrix made it so) so there aren't many quality live recordings on tape. Jack Bruce, Bassist, said their best was never recorded. Another live tune that is a must hear is "I'm So Glad" on the "Goodbye Cream" CD. This one is none stop mania, after Jack Bruce's bass solo Clapton joins in and all hell breaks loose for another several minutes. It comes to an end suddenly as if rehearsed, amazing. Live Cream and Live Cream vol 2 offer other classics. The ending of Stepping Out is nothing short of the second coming of Jesus done all by Eric Clapton assisted by Ginger. If Clapton is God here he arrives in full splendor. The songs are long and lots of it tedious to be honest but the best parts must be heard. I edited those parts to make it easier to get to.Read more ›
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