BBC Sessions

BBC Sessions

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This compilation of 22 Cream BBC tracks from 1966-1968 marked a major addition to the group's discography, particularly as they released relatively little product during their actual lifetime. All of but two of these cuts ("Lawdy Mama" and the 1968 version of "Steppin' Out," which had appeared on Eric Clapton's

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This compilation of 22 Cream BBC tracks from 1966-1968 marked a major addition to the group's discography, particularly as they released relatively little product during their actual lifetime. All of but two of these cuts ("Lawdy Mama" and the 1968 version of "Steppin' Out," which had appeared on Eric Clapton's Crossroads box) were previously unreleased, and although many of these had made the round on bootlegs, the sound and presentation here is unsurprisingly preferable. As for actual surprises, there aren't many. It's a good cross section of songs from their studio records, though a couple, "Steppin' Out" and "Traintime," only appeared on live releases, and some of these BBC takes actually predate the release and recording of the album versions, which makes them of historical interest for intense Cream fans. (There are also four brief interviews with Eric Clapton from the original broadcasts.) There's a mild surprise in the absence of a version of "White Room," but otherwise many of the group's better compositions and covers are here, including "I Feel Free," "N.S.U.," "Strange Brew," "Tales of Brave Ulysses," "Sunshine of Your Love," "Born Under a Bad Sign," "Outside Woman Blues," "Crossroads," "We're Going Wrong," "I'm So Glad," "SWLABR," and "Politician." Cream took better advantage of the live-in-the-studio BBC format than some groups of similar stature. There's a lean urgency to most of the performances that, while not necessarily superior to the more fully realized and polished studio renditions, do vary notably in ambience from the more familiar versions. The sound quality is good but not perfect, and variable; sometimes it's excellent, yet at other times there seem to be imperfections in the tapes sourced, with "Sunshine of Your Love" suffering from a (not grievously) hollow, muffled quality. If there's any other slight criticism of this set, it's that a handful of BBC tracks don't appear, including some that don't make it onto this CD in any version, like "Sleepy Time Time," "Toad," and "Sitting on Top of the World." Given Cream's tendency to over-improvise on the band's live concert recordings, however, the concise nature of these BBC tracks (none of which exceed five minutes) makes them preferable listening in some respects.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2003
Label:
Polydor / Umgd
UPC:
0044007604823
catalogNumber:
0000069
Rank:
14390

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cream   Primary Artist
Ginger Baker   Drums,Vocals
Jack Bruce   Bass,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Skip James   Composer
Ginger Baker   Composer
William Bell   Composer
Jack Bruce   Composer
Mick Abrahams   Composer
Pete Brown   Composer
Eric Clapton   Arranger,Composer
Jeff Griffin   Producer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Muddy Waters   Composer
Felix Pappalardi   Composer
Bernie Andrews   Producer
Gail Collins   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Martin Sharp   Composer
James C. Bracken   Composer
Bill Bebb   Producer
Blind Joe Reynolds   Composer
Ben Phillips   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Janet Godfrey   Composer
John McDermott   Liner Notes
Arthur Reynolds   Composer

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BBC Sessions 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This collection of Cream's BBC appearances is AWESOME!! Clapton, Bruce, and Baker do an amazing job with each of these songs, especially Clapton. Every guitar solo is great! Buy this album, you will not regret it one bit!