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Wheels Of Fire [Original recording remastered, Live]

Cream Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. In The Studio: White Room
2. In The Studio: Sitting On The Top Of The World
3. In The Studio: Passing The Time
4. In The Studio: As You Said
5. In The Studio: Pressed Rat And Warthog
6. In The Studio: Politician
7. In The Studio: Those Were The Days
8. In The Studio: Born Under A Bad Sign
9. In The Studio: Deserted Cities Of The Heart
Disc: 2
1. Live At The Fillmore: Crossroads
2. Live At The Fillmore: Spoonful
3. Live At The Fillmore: Traintime
4. Live At The Fillmore: Toad

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Cet ultime chef-d'oeuvre du trio (mais non pas le dernier disque puisque Goodbye sortira au début de 1969) comprend un disque studio et un autre live. Le premier, en plus de reprises flamboyantes telles que "Sitting On Top Of The World" de Howlin' Wolf et "Born Under A Bad Sign" d'Albert King, réunit quelques titres parmi les plus aboutis de Cream, comme ce monument qu'est "White Room" (avec un Clapton littéralement indomptable à la guitare wah-wah). Quant au second, enregistré en mars 1968 au Winterland et au Fillmore West de San Francisco, il est l'occasion pour Clapton, Bruce et Baker, notamment sur "Crossroads" et "Toad", de rivaliser de virtuosité devant un public conscient de vivre un moment privilégié du rock. --Philippe Margotin

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Wheels of Fire topped Disraeli Gears in two ways. First, it found Clapton, Bruce and Baker growing yet further as players and writers. Second, it showcased both their studio artistry and live power, divided as it was between a studio half and live half. Here's the double-LP on 2 CDs: White Room; Crossroads; Anyone for Tennis; Politician; Spoonful; As You Said; Born Under a Bad Sign a certified rock classic!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wheels of Fire June 18 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This 2 CD set provides the listener with outsanding studio cuts, most not usually heard on the air. 2nd CD is outstanding live cuts that, if one was fortunate enough, brings back the experience of attending a live Cream performance. Not one thing wrong with this set. I had owned the original vinyl issue decades ago. Reviewers who have issues.... well really you are not a Cream fan from the 60's. Go With That.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent transfer from vinyl to CD July 16 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I was amazed at the transfer quality, as earlier works usually sound tinny. I forgot how divers Cream is. It is as if they were experimenting with different types of songs. This is better than having variations of the same thing across the whole CD. It did not take me long to fall in love with the individual songs again. Everyone is familiar with "White Room" which is what made me think of this first but few remember "Pressed Rat and Warthog" or "Those Were the Days".

Bottom line the album is worth discovering or rediscovering.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly Creams Best Oct. 28 2005
Format:Audio CD
Wheels of Fire is one of the true classics of the Rock era.
White Room is a standard and one of Creams best songs.
The album has a Studio segment and a live segmant.
The studio set includes, White Room, Politician, Born under a bad Sign, Those were the Days, Deserted Cities of the Heart.
They are all solid recordins and well worth purchasing the CD for.
For me the real treat is the live segment. Clapton does his legandary version of Crossroads, which to this day could be his finest hour. They go into a very long version of Spoonful, This shows Cream as they were in the 60's when they played long versions of everything. Traintime is good as well and Toad finishes it off with a very long drum solo by Ginger Baker.
Bakes shows his use of bass drums and why he is the best drummer in history.........This is a must for any collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable Sept. 25 2005
Format:Audio CD
Sans doute l'un des meilleurs albums de tout le rock qui dépasse tous les genres, le blues, le progressif. Les meilleurs musiciens de leur génération. Des morceaux live ou chaque membre du trio est un soliste en soi qui relance les deux autres dans des directions toujours surprenantes. Aucune concession à la facilité. La technique n'est jamais vide ou froide mais toujours vivifiée par un feu créateur exceptionnel. Clapton ne retrouvera jamais la puissance des solos de Crossroad ou Spoonful. Bruce démontre qu'il a été sans doute l'un des meilleurs bassistes, un excellent harmoniciste et un chanteur authentique. Baker remplit l'espace de son jeu puissant et laisse loin derrière lui tous les batteurs de rock qui l'ont précédé.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atonal Apples...Amplified Heat July 7 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It's been said elsewhere...and it is worth repeating...This is an epitome of improvisational music from a group that was only in existence for a relatively short time. Although their musical differences and divergent directions that each took have been fairly well-documented, perhaps it was that same divergence that lent itself to their ability to stand on a stage and create at that given moment some pretty incredible music. Another one of those defining moment works...
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5.0 out of 5 stars CLAPTON IS GOD April 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
CLAPTON IS GOD (e.g. "Crossroads" and "Spoonful")
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Icon of Improvisational Rock and Roll March 16 2004
By K. Oda
Format:Audio CD
If you play, or have ever wanted to play, improvisational rock and roll, you must have this album. From a musical standpoint, this ranks as among the handful of most influential rock records ever made. Even now, more than 35 years after its making, it is a breathtaking tour de force of musical power and creativity.
I can't think of any live rock recording that comes close to matching the quality of simultaneous improvisation captured on disc 2 of Wheels of Fire. Many people think of Cream as Eric Clapton's band, but disc 2 proves it was a trio of three equally superb musicians. The 16-minute long "Spoonful" jam features a brilliant interplay of guitar (Clapton), drums (Ginger Baker), and bass (Jack Bruce) that builds to climax after climax.
It's hard to communicate now how revolutionary Eric Clapton's guitar work was in the late 1960s. All I can say is, his live solos on "Spoonful" and "Crossroads" inspired and challenged a generation of rock guitarists. Other guitarists may be faster than Clapton, but no one could match his ability to build melodic climaxes one after another.
Disc 1 consists of nine studio recordings that don't measure up to the intensity of the live performances on disc 2, but there are several excellent cuts. "White Room" is probably the most popular cut, but there are several good blues rock numbers--my favorite is "Politician"--featuring strong vocals by Jack Bruce as well as piercing guitar work by Clapton. Overall, if you are a fan of Cream or of blues rock in general, this is an essential CD of historical as well as musical significance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff March 13 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is an amazing album. It starts of with "White Room" which is a stunningly great song, then goes into the bluesy "On top of the world". "Passing the Time" is sort of drawn out, but still is pretty good (I'm not sure if they actually had a cellist recording with them, or if that's a synth cello, but it's still pretty cool. The bizzare-ness of the album peaks out at "Pressed Rat and Warthog" which has rather interesting lyrics.
I strongly suggest this album.
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