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Cream - Fresh Cream: Deluxe Vinyl 6LP Box Set - direct audio

Cream - Fresh Cream: Deluxe Vinyl 6LP Box Set

Polydor Records

  • $ 10998

Cream Fresh Cream: Deluxe Vinyl 6LP Box Set

From the first chord of the first song, the debut album by Cream was something new. Eric Clapton's power chord gave way to handclaps and Jack Bruce's humming, then Clapton returned in tandem with Bruce's heady vocals and Ginger Baker's mighty percussion. "I Feel Free" was up and running, and so was one of the most exciting debut records of the 1960s. Now Polydor presents a fresh take on Fresh Cream. The album was a brilliant combination of the blues, jazz and rock resumés of all three members, in a line-up that introduced and defined the concept of the power trio. Except that the word "power" always threatens to overshadow the great subtleties, deftness of touch and sense of humor in Cream's music.

Fresh Cream landed in the public consciousness in December 1966, a couple of months after the band had made their entrance with the non-album single "Wrapping Paper," and with "I Feel Free" landing as a single at the same time as the album. The debut long player may have included a track called "Sleepy Time Time," but "I Feel Free" was actually a wake-up call to a singles market that had almost nodded off: in the week of the album's release, the top three was populated by Tom Jones, Val Doonican and the Seekers.

Cream were by no means a singles band, but "I Feel Free" was a definitive 45 of the era, on an album that oozed authentic, robust blues but was also full of light and shade. This was a trio of all talents, Bruce, Clapton and Baker all contributing to the songwriting (as did Bruce's first wife Janet Godfrey and his collaborator on many of his songs, Pete Brown), in addition to which they had a collectively trained ear for adapting the music of their heritage for the modern-day rock audience.

Hence new songs such as Bruce's "N.S.U." and "Dreaming," and Baker and Godfrey's "Sweet Wine." But here also were Clapton's modernizations of "Four Until Late" and "Rollin' and Tumblin,'" from the repertoires of two of his heroes (Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters respectively) and expert readings of Willie Dixon's "Spoonful" and Skip James' "I'm So Glad." They were comfortable with instrumental formats too, as with the traditional "Cat's Squirrel" and Baker's theme piece "Toad."

The album made the UK charts in the week leading up to Christmas, initially at a cautious No. 39, when the sort of Cream that many record buyers favorites was the Whipped Cream & Other Delights of Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass. But the British trio's debut climbed throughout January 1967, coming to a rest at No. 6 in early February. In May, Fresh Cream tiptoed onto the US chart at No.198, going on to reach No.38. It's a record that sounds as fresh now as it did then.

The Fresh Cream: Deluxe Edition expands the album to include both the mono and stereo mixes, plus alternate takes, early recordings and live performances. Available as a 180g 6LP box set, it offers the fullest picture yet of this stone-cold classic!


• Limited Edition
• 6LP Set
• 180g Vinyl
• 64-page perfect bound LP-sized book
• New sleeve notes from Rolling Stone writer David Fricke

LP 1: Fresh Cream Mono Album (Reaction 593001):

1. N.S.U.
2. Sleepy Time Time
3. Dreaming
4. Sweet Wine
5. Spoonful
6. Cat's Squirrel
7. Four Until Late
8. Rollin' and Tumblin'
9. I’m So Glad
10. Toad

LP 2: Session recording - mono mix, The Mono Singles and The Mono French EPs:

1. The Coffee Song
2. Wrapping Paper first UK single A-side
3. Cat's Squrrel first UK single B-side
4. I Feel Free second UK single A-side
5. N.S.U. second UK single B-side
6. Spoonful Part I third US single A-side
7. Spoonful Part II third US single B-side
8. Wrapping Paper alternate mix
9. Sweet Wine alternate mix
10. I’m So Glad
11. Cat's Squirrel alternate master
12. I Feel Free alternate mix
13. Rollin' and Tumblin' alternate master
14. N.S.U.
15. Four Until Late

LP 3: Fresh Cream Stereo Album:

1. N.S.U.
2. Sleepy Time Time
3. Dreaming
4. Sweet Wine
5. Spoonful
6. Cat's Squirrel
7. Four Until Late
8. Rollin' and Tumblin'
9. I’m So Glad
10. Toad

LP 4: Session recordings - stereo mixes and new stereo mixes:

1. I Feel Free
2. Wrapping Paper
3. The Coffee Song
4. I'm So Glad (New Stereo Mix)
5. N.S.U. (New Stereo Mix)
6. Wrapping Paper (New Stereo Mix)
7. The Coffee Song (New Stereo Mix)
8. Rollin' and Tumblin'(First Version - New Stereo Mix)
9. Spoonful (First Version - New Stereo Mix)
10. Toad (New Stereo Mix)

LP 5: FRESH CREAM Early versions, outtakes and alternate mixes:

1. Coffee Song - early version
2. Beauty Queen - demo version
3. You Make Me Feel - demo version
4. Wrapping Paper - early version
5. Cat's Squirrel - early version
6. I Feel Free - early version
7. I Feel Free - mix with no lead vocal
8. I Feel Free - alternate mono mix
9. Sweet Wine - early version
10. Rollin' and Tumblin' - early version
11. Toad - early version

LP 6: THE BBC SESSIONS (November 1966 – January 1967):

BBC Light Programme “Saturday Club” session. Recorded 8th November 1966:
1. Sweet Wine
2 Eric Clapton Interview
3. Wrapping Paper
4. Rollin' and Tumblin'
5. Sleepy Time Time - previously unreleased
6. Steppin' Out
BBC Home Service “Guitar Club” session. Recorded 28th November 1966:
7. Crossroads
8. Steppin' Out - previously unreleased
BBC World Service "R & B Club" session. Recorded 9th December 1966:
9. Cat's Squirrel
10. Traintim
11. I'm So Glad
12. Lawdy Mama
BBC Light Programme “Saturday Club” session. Recorded 10th January 1967:
13. Eric Clapton Interview
14. I Feel Free
15. N.S.U.
16. Four Until Late

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