Critics mourned their demise in 1969, as Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker called it quits. But some of their best material was released after the band's break-up, with Live Cream, in 1970 and Live Cream, Volume II in 1972.
Cream fans can now for the first time get both volumes together in this special 2-CD Ultradisc II set, featuring deluxe packaging and extra photos.
Cream was a band born to the stage, and these two volumes, each a compilation of live cuts from various venues, are the ultimate example of the star members in action. With Clapton on guitars and vocals, Bruce on bass and vocals and Baker on drums and percussion, Cream's brand of amplified, free-form playing took the music in new directions, often straying far from their blues roots - and expanding their audience in the process.
Live Cream covers material from Fresh Cream, which here is given extended jazz-based treatment, as well as a studio take of Lawdy Mama. Volume II concentrates on material from Disraeli Gears and Wheels Of Fire. On all cuts, the dialog that is created between the musicians as their solo jams develop is stunning. The live tracks on both albums were produced by Felix Pappalardi, while Lawdy Mama was produced by Ahmet Ertegun and Robert Stigwood.
2. Sleepy Time Time
3. Lawdy Mama
4. Sweet Wine
5. Rollin' and Tumblin'
1. Deserted Cities of the Heart
2. White Room
4. Tales of Brave Ulysses
5. Sunshine of Your Love
6. Steppin' Out