|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|
|1. Live At The Fillmore: Crossroads|
|2. Live At The Fillmore: Spoonful|
|3. Live At The Fillmore: Traintime|
|4. Live At The Fillmore: Toad|
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.