Cream – Those Were the Days [4CD Remastered Box Set] (1997)

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Cream was the first of three supergroups spawned by the Yardbirds’ three stellar axmen (they preceded the original Jeff Beck Group by a year and Jimmy Page’s Led Zeppelin by two). The trio of guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce, and drummer extraordinaire (and band founder) Ginger Baker earned a reputation for fiery live performances rife with improvised blues-based jams (epitomized by Willie Dixon’s “Spoonful”) that could last half an hour. Two of this set’s four discs are devoted to live Cream, showcasing prowess and interplay so powerful as to overshadow its occasional lapses into self-indulgence. Clapton admirers more familiar with his latter-day laid-back persona may be shocked at the incendiary musician showcased on these live cuts. Cream progressed over the course of its three and a half studio records (included here in their entirety). Electric blues evolution was their forte, but they also captured sounds that were moody and acoustic-tinged (“As You Said,” “Passing the Time”), music-hall-influenced (“Mother’s Lament,” “Wrapping Paper”), and progressively poetic (“Deserted Cities of the Heart,” “Pressed Rat and Warthog”). –Jerry McCulley

CD1 – In The Studio

Non-album single (1966)
01. Wrapping Paper (Bruce, Brown) – 2.22

Tracks taken from Fresh Cream (1966)
02. I Feel Free (Bruce, Brown) – 2.51
03. N.S.U. (Bruce) – 2.43
04. Sleepy Time Time (Bruce, Godfrey) – 4.20
05. Dreaming (Bruce) – 1.58
06. Sweet Wine (Baker, Godfrey) – 3.17
07. Spoonful (Dixon) – 6.30
08. Cats Squirrel (Traditional, arr. S. Splurge) – 3.03
09. Four Until Late (Johnson, arr. Clapton) – 2.07
10. Rollin and Tumblin (Waters) – 4.42
11. Im So Glad (James) – 3.57
12. Toad (Baker) – 5.11

Studio out-take (1967)
13. Lawdy Mama – version 1 (previously unreleased) (Traditional, arr. Clapton) – 2.00

Tracks taken from Disraeli Gears (1967)
14. Strange Brew (Clapton, Collins, Pappalardi) – 2.46
15. Sunshine of Your Love (Bruce, Brown, Clapton) – 4.10
16. World of Pain (Collins, Pappalardi) – 3.02
17. Dance the Night Away (Bruce, Brown) – 3.34
18. Blue Condition (Baker) – 3.29
19. Tales of Brave Ulysses (Clapton, Sharp) – 2.46
20. SWLABR (Bruce, Brown) – 2.31
21. Were Going Wrong (Bruce) – 3.26
22. Outside Woman Blues (Reynolds, arr. Clapton) – 2.24
23. Take It Back (Bruce, Brown) – 3.05
24. Mothers Lament (Traditional, arr. Bruce, Brown, Clapton) – 1.47

CD2 – In The Studio

Tracks taken from Wheels of Fire (1968)
01. White Room (Bruce, Brown) – 4.58
02. Sitting on Top of the World (Burnett) – 4.58
03. Passing the Time – extended version (Baker, Taylor) – 5.53
04. As You Said (Bruce, Brown) – 4.20
05. Pressed Rat and Warthog (Baker, Taylor) – 3.13
06. Politician (Bruce, Brown) – 4.12
07. Those Were the Days (Baker, Taylor) – 2.53
08. Born Under a Bad Sign (Jones, Bell) – 3.09
09. Deserted Cities of the Heart (Bruce, Brown) – 3.38

Non-album single (1968)
10. Anyone for Tennis (Clapton, Sharp) – 2.38

Tracks taken from Goodbye (1969)
11. Badge (Clapton, Harrison) – 2.44
12. Doing That Scrapyard Thing (Bruce, Brown) – 3.14
13. What a Bringdown (Baker) – 3.58

Miscellaneous tracks
14. The Coffee Song (Colton, Smith) – 2.44
15. Lawdy Mama – version 2 (Traditional, arr. Clapton) – 2.46
16. You Make Me Feel – demo version (previously unreleased) (Bruce, Brown) – 2.39
17. Were Going Wrong – demo version (previously unreleased) (Bruce) – 3.49
18. Hey Now Princess – demo version (previously unreleased) (Bruce, Brown) – 3.31
19. SWLABR – demo version (previously unreleased) (Bruce, Brown) – 4.30
20. Weird of Hermiston – demo version (previously unreleased) (Bruce, Brown) – 3.12
21. The Clearout – demo version (previously unreleased) (Bruce, Brown) – 3.58
22. Falstaff Beer Commercial (previously unreleased) (Baker, Bruce, Clapton) – 1.00

CD3 – Live

1. N.S.U. (previously unreleased) (Bruce) – 12.38
Recorded March 9, 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco
2. Sleepy Time Time (Bruce, Godfrey) – 6.48
Recorded March 9, 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco
3. Rollin and Tumblin (Waters) – 6.29
Recorded March 7, 1968 at Fillmore West, San Francisco
4. Crossroads (Johnson, arr. Clapton) – 4.24
Recorded March 10, 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco
5. Spoonful (Dixon) – 16.39
Recorded March 10, 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco
6. Tales of Brave Ulysses (Clapton, Sharp) – 4.43
Recorded March 10, 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco
7. Sunshine of Your Love (Bruce, Brown, Clapton) – 7.25
Recorded March 9, 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco
8. Sweet Wine (Baker, Godfrey) – 15.08
Recorded March 10, 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco

CD4 – Live

1. White Room (Bruce, Brown) – 6.21
Recorded October 4, 1968 at Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland
2. Politician (Bruce, Brown) – 5.08
Recorded October 4, 1968 at Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland
3. Im So Glad (James) – 9.32
Recorded October 19, 1968 at The Forum, Los Angeles
4. Sitting on Top of the World (Burnett) – 4.55
Recorded October 19, 1968 at The Forum, Los Angeles
5. Stepping Out (Bracken) – 13.29
Recorded March 10, 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco
6. Traintime (Bruce) – 7.02
Recorded March 8, 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco
7. Toad (previously unreleased extended version) (Baker) – 17.35
Recorded March 7&8, 1968 at Fillmore West, San Francisco
8. Deserted Cities of the Heart (Bruce, Brown) – 4.14
Recorded October 4, 1968 at Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland
9. Sunshine of Your Love (previously unreleased) (Bruce, Brown, Clapton) – 4.44
Recorded May 1968 at CBS Studios, Los Angeles for the Glen Campbell Show

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