Cream - Best of Cream


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Cream - Best of Cream
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Greatest hits album by Cream (Atco cover not for sale)
Released 7 July 1969 (U.S.)
24 October 1969 (UK)
Recorded 1966-68
Genre Blues rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock, acid rock
Length 34:45
Label Atco, Polydor, RSO
Producer Felix Pappalardi, Robert Stigwood
Cream chronology
Goodbye
(1969)
Best of Cream
(1969)
Live Cream
(1970)

 

  "Best of Cream" is a compilation album of material recorded from 1966 to 1968 by the rock band Cream, and released shortly after their disbanding. The album was originally released by Cream's U.S. label Atco (Atlantic) Records (catalog no. SD 33-291), and was available on that label during the years 1969–72. A re-release was pressed in 2014 by Polydor on 180g vinyl (catalog no. 535 113-8). The album was briefly reissued in the U.S. in 1977 by RSO/Polydor Records, to whom U.S. distribution rights for Cream's recordings had reverted by that time.

"Best of Cream" was noteworthy upon its release as the first American album to contain Cream's studio recording of "Spoonful". Although included in international versions of Cream's 1966 debut album "Fresh Cream", the song was deleted from Atco's initial U.S. release of the album, and replaced with the band's first hit single "I Feel Free". U.S. reissues of "Fresh Cream" contain both songs.

The album peaked at #3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart in July 1969. The album reached #6 on the UK album charts. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA.

 

Track listing

Side 1

  1. "Sunshine of Your Love" (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown, Eric Clapton) – 4:08
    • Uncut version, from Cream's second album Disraeli Gears (1967), produced by Felix Pappalardi. Vocals: Jack Bruce/Eric Clapton.
  2. "Badge" (Clapton, George Harrison) – 2:45
    • From Cream's fourth (and last original) album Goodbye (1969), produced by Felix Pappalardi. Vocal: Eric Clapton.
  3. "Crossroads" (Robert Johnson, arr. Clapton) – 4:13
    • From Cream's third album Wheels of Fire (1968), produced by Felix Pappalardi. Recorded live at Winterland, San Francisco, California, 10 March 1968. Vocal: Eric Clapton.
  4. "White Room" (Bruce, Brown) – 3:04
    • 45 RPM single edit; uncut version appears on Wheels of Fire. Produced by Felix Pappalardi. Vocal: Jack Bruce.
    • 1st Spanish Polydor edition (Serial 184298) contains also the uncut version, running time 4:58
  5. "SWLABR" (Bruce, Brown) – 2:31
    • From Disraeli Gears. Produced by Felix Pappalardi. Vocal: Jack Bruce.

Side 2

  1. "Born Under a Bad Sign" (Booker T. Jones, William Bell) – 3:08
    • From Wheels of Fire. Produced by Felix Pappalardi. Vocal: Jack Bruce.
  2. "Spoonful" (Willie Dixon) – 6:30
    • From the international version of Cream's first album Fresh Cream (1966). Produced by Robert Stigwood. Vocal: Jack Bruce.
  3. "Tales of Brave Ulysses" (Clapton, Martin Sharp) – 2:50
    • From Disraeli Gears. Produced by Felix Pappalardi. Vocal: Jack Bruce.
  4. "Strange Brew" (Clapton, Felix Pappalardi, Gail Collins Pappalardi) – 2:45
    • From Disraeli Gears. Produced by Felix Pappalardi. Vocal: Eric Clapton.
  5. "I Feel Free" (Bruce, Brown) – 2:51
    • From the U.S. version of Fresh Cream. Produced by Robert Stigwood. Vocals: Jack Bruce/Eric Clapton.

 

Personnel

Cream

  • Jack Bruce – bass guitar, keyboards, vocals, harmonica on "Spoonful"
  • Eric Clapton – lead guitar, rhythm guitar, vocals
  • Ginger Baker – drums, percussion

Additional personnel

  • Felix Pappalardi – Piano, viola
  • George Harrison – rhythm guitar and backing vocals on "Badge"

 

 

 

Cream - Best of Cream

UK Polydor 583 060

Album produced by Robert Stigwood and Felix Pappalardi.

The vinyl record attains a strong excellent grading, suggesting few plays.

Audio quality is very clear and strong throughout.

Both record centre labels are clean and unmarked.

Both record centre labels are free from tears, stains or stickers.

The albums laminated cover is in excellent condition, displaying only minimal signs of wear.

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