BBC Sessions

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2003
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 044007604823
  • Catalog Number: 0000069
  • Sales rank: 37,254

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sweet Wine (3:27)
  2. 2 Eric Clapton Interview, No. 1 (0:54)
  3. 3 Wrapping Paper (2:30)
  4. 4 Rollin' and Tumblin' (3:03)
  5. 5 Steppin' Out (1:50)
  6. 6 Crossroads (1:54)
  7. 7 Cat's Squirrel (3:38)
  8. 8 Traintime (2:50)
  9. 9 I'm So Glad (4:22)
  10. 10 Lawdy Mama (1:53)
  11. 11 Eric Clapton Interview, No. 2 (0:48)
  12. 12 I Feel Free (2:54)
  13. 13 N.S.U. (2:55)
  14. 14 Four Until Late (1:56)
  15. 15 Strange Brew (3:00)
  16. 16 Eric Clapton Interview, No. 3 (0:44)
  17. 17 Tales of Brave Ulysses (2:55)
  18. 18 We're Going Wrong (3:25)
  19. 19 Eric Clapton Interview, No. 4 (0:37)
  20. 20 Born Under a Bad Sign (3:03)
  21. 21 Outside Woman Blues (3:18)
  22. 22 Take It Back (2:18)
  23. 23 Sunshine of Your Love (4:09)
  24. 24 Politician (3:59)
  25. 25 SWLABR (2:32)
  26. 26 Steppin' Out (3:36)
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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
Suha Gur Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BBC Sessions Rocks!!!

    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!

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