Producers: Robert Stigwood, Felix Pappalardi.
Compilation producers: Chris Griffin, Bill Levenson, George McManus.
Engineers include: Tow Dowd, Damon Lyon-Shaw, John Timperley.
Recorded in 1967-1968. Includes liner notes by Hugh Fielder.
Digitally remastered by Joseph M. Palmaccio (PolyGram Studios).
There've been numerous one-disc Cream retrospectives over the years, but this is probably the best. Of course, Cream's official recorded output was only four albums during the group's brief two-year run, with very little chaff amongst the wheat, so one might be excused for wondering if you'd be better off with those still-in-print albums, or with THOSE WERE THE DAYS, the four-CD box set that collects more or less every note Cream ever recorded. In any case, at 20 songs, this is the most comprehensive one-CD Cream best-of extant and conceptually it's certainly the most interesting. Despite the fact the group was mostly esteemed as (and occasionally dismissed as) a live, blues-based extended-jams outfit that sometimes didn't know when to quit, most of the songs here are tuneful, concise studio tracks with Beatle-esque touches in the arrangements; it's hard to imagine how anybody could dismiss gems like "Anyone for Tennis" or "Badge" as excessive.
- Wrapping Paper
- I Feel Free
- Sweet Wine
- I'm So Glad
- Strange Brew
- Sunshine Of Your Love
- Tales Of Brave Ulysses
- We're Going Wrong
- White Room
- Sitting On Top Of The World
- Those Were The Days
- Born Under A Bad Sign
- Deserted Cities Of The Heart
- Anyone For Tennis
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