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There has been no shortage of Cream compilations over the years -- as a matter of fact, they far outnumber the group's actual albums, of which there were merely four (true, they were recorded during an insanely productive two-year lifespan) -- but 2005's Gold is arguably the best of the lot. Released as part of Universal's ongoing Gold series, Cream's installment spans 29 tracks over the course of two discs, with the first CD being devoted to their studio work (it weighs in at 21 tracks) and the second devoted to live recordings (it runs only eight songs, which illustrates how much they improvised in concert). Not only are all of the usual suspects here -- the hits "I Feel Free," "Strange Brew," "Sunshine of Your Love," "Tales of Brave Ulysses," "Badge," "Swlabr," "Crossroads," and "Politician" -- but this includes such gems as "World of Pain," "Passing the Time," "Doing That Scrapyard Thing," and "What a Bringdown." While there are a handful of cuts that might have deserved inclusion -- chief among them "Four Until Late," "Take It Back," and "As You Said" -- everything essential is here, and each disc draws a near-definitive portrait of what the group achieved on-stage and in the studio. As a (relatively) concise overview, Gold can't be beat -- it tells you everything you need to know about this legendary supergroup.

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Product Details

Release Date: 04/26/2005
Label: Polydor / Umgd
UPC: 0602498801468
catalogNumber: 000419302
Rank: 789


Disc 1

  1. I Feel Free
  2. N.S.U.
  3. Sweet Wine
  4. I'm So Glad
  5. Strange Brew
  6. Sunshine of Your Love
  7. World of Pain
  8. Tales of Brave Ulysses
  9. Swlabr
  10. We're Going Wrong
  11. White Room
  12. Sitting on Top of the World
  13. Passing the Time
  14. Politician
  15. Those Were the Days
  16. Born Under a Bad Sign
  17. Deserted Cities of the Heart
  18. Anyone for Tennis
  19. Badge
  20. Doing That Scrapyard Thing
  21. What a Bringdown

Disc 2

  1. N.S.U.
  2. Sleepy Time Time
  3. Rollin' and Tumblin'
  4. Spoonful
  5. Crossroads
  6. Sunshine of Your Love
  7. I'm So Glad
  8. Toad

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cream   Primary Artist
Ginger Baker   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Jack Bruce   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Cello,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
George Harrison   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Felix Pappalardi   Organ,Bass,Piano,Trumpet,Viola,Mellotron,Swiss Hand Bells,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Skip James   Composer
Ginger Baker   Composer
William Bell   Composer
Jack Bruce   Composer
George Harrison   Composer
Adrian Barber   Engineer,Remixing
Pete Brown   Composer
Howlin' Wolf   Composer
Eric Clapton   Arranger,Composer
Tom Dowd   Engineer,Audio Production
Bill Halverson   Engineer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Damon Lyon-Shaw   Engineer
Muddy Waters   Composer
Felix Pappalardi   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Robert Stigwood   Producer
Mike Taylor   Composer
John Luard Timperley   Engineer
Gail Collins   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Martin Sharp   Composer
John Timperly   Engineer
Scott Schinder   Liner Notes,Essay
Janet Godfrey   Composer
Jim Marshall   Cover Photo

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