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  • Audio CD (14 April 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Records
  • ASIN: B00008NER6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,955 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  1. Sweet Wine (BBC Sessions) 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Eric Clapton Interview 10:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. Wrapping Paper (BBC Sessions) 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Rollin' And Tumblin' (BBC Sessions) 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Steppin' Out (BBC Sessions) 1:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Crossroads (BBC Sessions) 1:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Cat's Squirrel (BBC Sessions) 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. Traintime (BBC Sessions) 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. I'm So Glad (BBC Sessions) 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Lawdy Mama (BBC Sessions) 1:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
11. Eric Clapton Interview 20:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
12. I Feel Free (BBC Sessions) 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
13. N.S.U. (BBC Sessions) 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Four Until Late (BBC Sessions) 1:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
15. Strange Brew (BBC Sessions) 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Eric Clapton Interview 30:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
17. Tales Of Brave Ulysses (BBC Sessions) 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
18. We're Going Wrong (BBC Sessions) 3:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
19. Eric Clapton Interview 40:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
20. Born Under A Bad Sign (BBC Sessions) 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
21. Outside Woman Blues (BBC Sessions) 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
22. Take It Back (BBC Sessions) 2:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
23. Sunshine Of Your Love (BBC Sessions) 4:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
24. Politician (BBC Sessions) 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
25. Swlabr (Bbc Session) 2:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
26. Steppin' Out (BBC Sessions) 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 

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22 studio performances (only 2 of them previously released) plus 4 short interview segments 1966-1968

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Cream's BBC Sessions is as taut and focused a primer on the oft-overblown world of 1960s blues rock as one is likely to find. Betwixt journeyman stints with the Yardbirds and John Mayall and decades of laurel-resting, guitar god Eric Clapton was but one competitive third of what remains rock's most compelling power trio. Cream's penchant for incendiary live excess was legendary, a fact that makes the release of these 22 live-in-studio recordings for the BBC (which span just over a year of the band's early, brief career) all the more interesting.

Powered by Ginger Baker's complex rhythms and the kinetic bass lines and burnished vocals of Jack Bruce, Clapton's playing is focused and intense, with the trio bringing a pop-smart economy to its slate of over-amped blues ("Rollin' and Tumblin'", "Cat's Squirrel") and originals that veered from nascent pop-psychedelia ("Strange Brew", "Sunshine of Your Love") to music-hall kitsch ("Wrapping Paper", "Take It Back"). The tracks here--fully 20 of them previously unreleased--offer extensive contemporary live previews of Disraeli Gears and even more compelling early workouts of material that would appear on Wheels of Fire. Though the collection's four Clapton interview excerpts come at the expense of Baker and Bruce, their musical accomplishments here can't be denied. Cream, indeed. --Jerry McCulley

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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jun. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Beware rave reviews of this L.P. It's got some great tracks but will only really appeal to those with a specialist interest. The recordings are in mono necessitated by their age. As a result the quality is a bit thin - Jack Bruce's bass playing is often inaudible - background hiss interferes on some tracks - e.g. crossroads. The vocal introductions to all the tracks detract from the enjoyment and the constant references to " The Cream " are as irritating now as at the time. The same goes for the efforts to slot this excellent take on the blues into the then current pop parlance with words such as groovy and other patronising phrases.
Cream never were part of the mainstream pop scene and it these embarrassing attempts to fit them into it by the woefully unaware BBC should have been left out. Also, does anyone really want to listen to interviews in the middle of such good music?
This is an attempt to cash in by the BBC. It's an album I will listen to again and again as it has a number of gems such as from four until late and politician but appreciate it for what it is - great music and rare recordings of one of the best British blues bands ever. It's for the already converted not the mass-market appeal it seems to court. If you're looking for an introduction to this brilliant band just go out and buy Disreali Gears - you won't be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Mason on 26 Jun. 2014
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As I press the keys this slice of the late sixties is coming to me via my headphones, Ginger Bakers Train Time is where I’ve got to; some have been quite rude about this CD. I’m enjoying the music as was, how it was then and then was forty-five years ago. The interviews are interesting, did we really talk like that, all the interviews are with Eric Clapton are rather cagey, a shame Ginger and Jack didn’t have the chance to be cagey!
If you like Cream this should be a part of your collection, it’s a part of the road trod by three great musicians, they split before I was able to see them live, so this BBC Sessions CD will sit well with my Cream remastered recordings; perhaps some one will talk them into getting together for Glastonbury. Written 26:06:2014 so there’s time enough for Glastonbury 2015!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Sandys-Lumsdaine on 17 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
Baker, Bruce and Clapton - these sessions have long been available on bootleg, but these have been cleared up somewhat and presented in an official release after a very long wait. Wonderful to have them surface together again.
Concise (by Cream's standard) performances of some of their classics allow different takes of their studio versions whilst not stretching into long improvised jams they employed on tour. I love to see both the short and extended versions of such songs but for some these renditions may be more digestable than some of their live marathon epics!
The tracks are from either the BBC tapes or from off-air recordings with digital enhancement. A newly discovered "Crossroads" is included, but 2 or 3 off-air tracks that could be found on bootlegs aren't included here perhaps for lack of quality (Toad and Sleepy Time Time).
Interview segments only include Clapton as he was pressed forward as the front man by management even if he was very much part of a trio and mostly sang backing vocals and played behind Jack Bruce's frontmanship. And if you're wondering why BBC sessions always include the announcers over the music, that's because that's how they are on the original tapes!
Coupled with the boxed set "Those Were The Days", the Farewell Concert DVD and the Fresh Live Cream DVD, this is pretty much all that is out there for this mighty pioneer.
Quite simply, if you like Cream, or the blues or simply a Clapton fan, you won't be sorry purchasing this. A slight lack of fidelity mean 4 stars instead of 5, but more than listenable and rewarding.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By James Sandys-Lumsdaine on 15 April 2003
Format: Audio CD
Baker, Bruce and Clapton - these sessions have long been available on bootleg, but these have been cleared up somewhat and presented in an official release after a very long wait. Wonderful to have them surface together again.
Concise (by Cream's standard) performances of some of their classics allow different takes of their studio versions whilst not stretching into long improvised jams they employed on tour. I love to see both the short and extended versions of such songs but for some these renditions may be more digestable than some of their live marathon epics!
The tracks are from either the BBC tapes or from off-air recordings with digital enhancement. A newly discovered "Crossroads" is included, but 2 or 3 off-air tracks that could be found on bootlegs aren't included here perhaps for lack of quality (Toad and Sleepy Time Time).
Interview segments only include Clapton as he was pressed forward as the front man by management even if he was very much part of a trio and mostly sang backing vocals and played behind Jack Bruce's frontmanship. And if you're wondering why BBC sessions always include the announcers over the music, that's because that's how they are on the original tapes!
Coupled with the boxed set "Those Were The Days", the Farewell Concert DVD and the Fresh Live Cream DVD, this is pretty much all that is out there for this mighty pioneer.
Quite simply, if you like Cream, or the blues or simply a Clapton fan, you won't be sorry purchasing this. A slight lack of fidelity mean 4 stars instead of 5, but more than listenable and rewarding.
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