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BBC Sessions Best of

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  • Audio CD (April 1 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00008NER6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
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1. Sweet Wine
2. Eric Clapton Interview 1
3. Wrapping Paper
4. Rollin' And Tumblin'
5. Steppin' Out
6. Crossroads
7. Cat's Squirrel
8. Traintime
9. I'm So Glad
10. Lawdy Mama
11. Eric Clapton Interview 2
12. I Feel Free
13. N.S.U.
14. Four Until Late
15. Strange Brew
16. Eric Clapton Interview 3
17. Tales Of Brave Ulysses
18. We're Going Wrong
19. Eric Clapton Interview 4
20. Born Under A Bad Sign
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22 live-in-the-studio performances by Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce, only two of which have been released before! Includes renditions of then-current singles like I Feel Free , previews of upcoming album tracks like Sunshine of Your Love and versions of concert favorites like Crossroads , all recorded between November 1966 and January 1968. A major find!


Betwixt journeyman stints with the Yardbirds and John Mayall and decades of laurel-resting, guitar god Eric Clapton was but one competitive third of what remains rock's most compelling power trios. Cream's penchant for incendiary live excess was legendary, a fact that makes the release of these 22 live-in-studio recordings for the BBC (which span just over a year of the band's early, brief career) all the more interesting. Powered by Ginger Baker's complex rhythms and the kinetic bass lines and burnished vocals of Jack Bruce, Clapton's playing is focused and intense, with the trio bringing a pop-smart economy to its slate of over-amped blues ("Rollin' and Tumblin'," "Cat's Squirrel") and originals that veered from nascent pop-psychedelia ("Strange Brew," "Sunshine of Your Love") to music-hall kitsch ("Wrapping Paper," "Take It Back"). The tracks here--fully 20 of them previously unreleased--offer extensive contemporary live previews of Disraeli Gears and even more compelling early workouts of material that would appear on Wheels of Fire. Though the collection's four Clapton interview excerpts come at the expense of Baker and Bruce, their musical accomplishments here can't be denied. It's as taught and focused a primer on the oft-overblown world of '60s blues rock as one is likely to find. Cream, indeed. --Jerry McCulley

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Format: Audio CD
BBC SESSIONS collects fourteen months worth of Cream's
appearances on BBC Radio and incorporates both pop songs
from the famous trio's repertoire, as well as a nice
collection of the blues covers that allowed them to
take off into the lengthy live improvisations for which
they became so well known.

Even without the material on BBC SESSIONS, Cream's notable
career as a strong concert attraction has been pretty well
documented, including two sides of live cuts on WHEELS OF
FIRE, two CREAM LIVE albums, and selected tracks from GOODBYE
and half of the THOSE WERE THE DAYS box set. And that's not
counting the farewell concert at Albert Hall on video, a number
of television appearances, and, of course, the reunion shows from

Although it's understandable that some Cream fans may find the
sound on BBC SESSIONS lacking, it's good enough for the kind of
material that Clapton, Baker, and Bruce were playing. There isn't
much brightness or a sense of immediacy communicated, however, and
one could be forgiven for wondering why that is, given the quality
of Cream's official in-concert recordings.

One of the nice things about BBC SESSIONS is that there are a few
songs included in its contents that were not often featured in
contemporaneous Cream concerts' set-lists. Numbers such as Wrapping
Paper, I Feel Free, SWALBR, and Take it Back don't represent the
peak of the band's abilities, but they are interesting digressions
nonetheless. The version of Politician on SESSIONS includes some
different lyrics not heard on other iterations of the song.
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The record executives don't seem to realize that to fans music isn't a consumer product, it's art (work is because you have to, art is because you want to) For the first time The Cream BBC sessions are available legally, and this is a wonderful thing...because Cream was the kind of band who's really ment to be heard in a live, raw, raunchy, and improvised manner. This album gives a casual listener the chance to be exposed that scratch and pop warmth and genious and serves as a great mounting platform for getting into the legendary bootlegs of this band, 15 minute jams, and all. The songs on this album are concise by comparison, but they paint and exceptionally accurate picture of what this band was about. So here's your first taste of real streetlegal Cream. Get addicted.
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I'm afraid there is not much to recommend this CD. Cream is one of the best bands that ever existed; but this collection of BBC sessions does not add anything to what can be had in their "official" albums. All of these selections come from that brief time of Fresh Cream and Disraili Gears. The sound quality is little above AM radio condition and there is no hint of stereo separation. None of the songs in this collection are extended performances and the four interviews with Eric Clapton shed no light on Cream beyond what could be gleaned from a short encyclopedia article on the band.
Other "BBC Sessions" of the Beatles, The Who, and Led Zeppelin were well worth getting. The sound quality for those recordings was also substandard but what made them worthwhile was that they were fun to listen to. For some reason, that sense of "fun" is missing here. For only those who must collect every recorded note Cream played
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I bought this CD in store because of the shear number of tracks on it and I wanted to get a good taste of this band after liking Sunshine of Your Love on Internet radio. Now this stuff is way before my time and I'm more of a Nirvana/Led Zeppelin person, but I wasn't disappointed. I don't listen to this CD everyday like I do others, but this CD is definately good; songs like Tales of Brave Uylesses and Sunshine of Your Love are excellent, and Sweet Wine and Wrapping Paper are really nice. It's interesting to see what they called blues back then and is now very obviously classic rock. If you like classic rock, you'll like this, but I don't recommed this to any die-hard Green Day fans or anything.
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This release is the "missing link" in Cream's career. For those of you who wondered how they got from short numbers such as I'm So Glad and Sweet Wine to the 10 - 15 minute live jams, this release is a document of that progress. The performances are simply incredible - very aggressive, biting, and surprisingly raw. Bruce's vocals are superb and Baker drives each song with the force of a runaway train. My favorites include I'm So Glad (Clapton does very well with the extended improv here), Rollin and Tumblin (better than the version on Live Cream), Tales of Brave Ulysses (better than the original), and on and on. I took a point off for inconsistent sound quality and those occassional overdubs, which were mostly disconcerting in this context. Also - check out Clapton's god-awful vocal rendition of Strange Brew, in contrast to his terrific vocals on everything else. These guys just couldn't really play the "pop" role, fortunately for us. And the intensity shown here puts just about every other band, past or present, to shame. And it's that intensity, more than the material itself, that links Cream so closely with their blues idols. Add to it their instrumental mastery, amply demonstrated here, and it makes for hours and hours of re-visited pleasure. This release makes me realize, all over again, why I've loved this group. It'll do the same for you. And this particular recording also makes me realize that in a way they were the world's greatest garage band - and that's a high compliment.
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