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Wheels of Fire

Cream Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Oct 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000001FGG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. White Room
2. Sitting On Top Of The World
3. Passing theTime
4. As You Said
5. Pressed Rat And Warthog
6. Politician
7. Those Were The Days
8. Born Under A Bad Sign
9. Deserted Cities Of The Heart
Disc: 2
1. Crossroads
2. Spoonful
3. Traintime
4. Toad

Product Description

042282757821 -GERMAN RSO 2CD

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best... 5 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
Gifted, erratic and incredibly powerful, Cream were probably the most important band to emerge from London's mid 60's R&B scene. Faced with a peer group of brilliant guitarists including Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Peter Green & Jimi Hendrix, a host of other world-class musicians such as Rod Stewart, John Mayall, John McVie & Steve Winwood, and a huge number of other less well known but equally gifted back-up players - all touring the same small club circuit night after night - Cream exploded into this scene in mid 1966 as a group deliberately conceived, as their name implied, to be "the best".
To understand how good they were you had to see them live during the short period in which their lofty ambition came close to fruition. They were... "the best" and, after stamping their authority in the UK, they switched to the USA to blow their home-grown competition off stage. Imploding in well documented strife by mid 1968, those who saw them during this brief period were privileged indeed. For those who didn't there's little on offer. The group's recordings are at best a shadow of what they were live, with the few real gems spread across their four albums - "Fresh Cream" (a fair encapsulation of where they were in mid 1966); "Disraeli Gears" (a studio album with a couple of real highlights and much mediocre stuffing); "Goodbye" (even more so) and, "Wheels of Fire" (probably the closest you'll get). The subsequently released live albums add little more.
But... one track says it all. "Crossroads": possibly the best interaction of three musicians at the peak of their powers ever committed to tape. Eric Clapton's breathtaking guitar solos are matched, virtually note for note, by Jack Bruce's brilliant "lead guitar" bass lines and Ginger Baker's power drumming. Live, because it had to be to capture it. As DJ John Peel said after playing this track on its first UK broadcast: "now tell me they're human". It's here, surrounded by some of their best recorded music, and it's priceless!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenonenal 24 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is most definately the Cream of the Cream's albums. It contains not only a studio disk packed with wonderfully creative and ingenious songs, but a live album containing 4 monster tracks which are absolutely astounding.
It is difficult to describe Cream's albums because there are not enough superlatives. My father first played me "white Room" when I was 4, and I have hailed it as one of the best rock songs ever recorded.
Because this was the band's third album, they were definately more experimental, introducing tympani, glocks and cellos, but still the album is fantastic. "Passing the time", "As you said" and "Pressed Rat and Warthog" are certainly not what you would expect from cream, judging by their first two albums but if you persevere, they become just as good.
The rest of the album contains their classics; White Room, Politician, Deserted Cities of the Heart, Born under a Bad sign and Sitting on top of the world. All of these are examples of some of the best blues paying ever recorded.
On the live album, their ability as a band to Jam and interact with each othe are showcased, with Crossroads and Spoonful being some of the greatest songs ever cut.
My advice is to get this album and prepare to be blown away. It is well worth it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monumental 25 July 2002
By Mr P VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
A great band at the top of their form.
A studio album and a live album.
The 4 live tracks capture Cream at their stunning best.
The quality of the interplay and improvisation is stunning. Claptons stunning work on Crossroads and the interplay between Bruce and Clapton and Baker on Spoonful is unsurpassed No other rock band had come close to this at this point.
The studio tracks are great too from the power blues of Sitting On Top Of The World and Born Under A Bad Sign to the classic power rock of the Bruce/Brown penned White Room (one of the greates rock songs ever) and Ginger Bakers fun recitation on Pressed Rat and Warthog.
This group influenced so much. Yet the people who followed ended up more revered and lauded and they were not fit to stand in their boots.
Keep listening to Cream folks.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
The mixture of blues, jazz and rock played with the sheer brilliance of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. Clapton with his classic fast blues style innovating on live tapes and his genius in playing set pieces on recordings, Bruce with his wonderful wailing blues voice and imaginative bass complimented with the thundering, intricate rhythms of Ginger Baker's drums makes for the most scintillating music of its time and is still relevant today. People forget that this first of the great super groups was hailed by classical and other musicians alike as being original and the best. Cream carved a niche in the annals of rock history and there will remain as a shining example to all for the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monumental 25 July 2002
By Mr P VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
A great band at the top of their form.
A studio album and a live album.
The 4 live tracks capture Cream at their stunning best.
The quality of the interplay and improvisation is stunning. Claptons stunning work on Crossroads and the interplay between Bruce and Clapton and Baker on Spoonful is unsurpassed No other rock band had come close to this at this point.
The studio tracks are great too from the power blues of Sitting On Top Of The World and Born Under A Bad Sign to the classic power rock of the Bruce/Brown penned White Room (one of the greates rock songs ever) and Ginger Bakers fun recitation on Pressed Rat and Warthog.
This group influenced so much. Yet the people who followed ended up more revered and lauded and they were not fit to stand in their boots.
Keep listening to Cream folks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Super rock album sounds as fresh as when first recorded
Fantastic rock album.
Published 15 days ago by Ian2349
5.0 out of 5 stars Wheels of Fire - Cream
Had this on vinyl & have loved it for years - I am glad to have it on CD now!
Published 1 month ago by Annelie K Holt
4.0 out of 5 stars of the time
I think this would have come across better on vinyl.never saw cream live,but this album was legendary. Read more
Published 4 months ago by bigt
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Cream Indulgence
Was missing from my Cream collection. No suprises just pure cream. Most tracks are available on other compilations CD's now
Published 4 months ago by clasasiccarspecialists
5.0 out of 5 stars Head banging of old
I have this on vynal but it was good to drive to especially extremely load. good to hear old drum solo & great guitar work
Published 8 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy
I was browsing through Amazons vinyl under 5.00 and this appeared, I was surprised and suspicious as you will rarely see a vinyl copy of this album at such a low price. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr J Flynn-Samuels
5.0 out of 5 stars I CAN AFFORD IT NOW
WHEN THIS DOUBLE LG WAS FIRST RELEASED I WAS 14 AND COULDNT AFFORD IT WITH MY POCKET MONEY.I CAN AFFORD IT NOW AND ADMIT THIS IS CREAM AT THEIR BEST . Read more
Published 14 months ago by CENTRAL LONDON MAN
4.0 out of 5 stars WHEELS OF FIRE
"Wheels of Fire" is surely the ultimate Cream. Cream = Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. This is a double album, the two "wheels" being the Studio wheel and the Live... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jet Lagged
5.0 out of 5 stars creams wheels on fire
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iv chose this rating because its a brilliant cd
iv been a rock fan since 1972 iv seen most of them in concert led zepp pink floyed etc i mist cream... Read more
Published 16 months ago by kevin marsh creams on fire
5.0 out of 5 stars The best from the best!
Excellent tracks recorded live and in the studio from the first and original supergroup of Rock music. Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2012 by Mr. J. Manley
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