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Wheels Of Fire (Remastered)

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Song Title
Time
Popularity  
30
1
5:03
30
2
5:01
30
3
4:37
30
4
4:23
30
5
3:18
30
6
4:16
30
7
2:57
30
8
3:13
30
9
3:38
Disc 2
30
1
4:18
30
2
16:46
30
3
7:01
30
4
16:15

Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jun. 1998
  • Release Date: 1 Jun. 1998
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Polydor Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1997 Universal International Music B.V.
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  • Total Length: 1:20:46
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  • ASIN: B001KUU6JY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,658 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By nicjaytee on 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 By beast of the sausage meat on 24 Jan. 2004
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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 By Mr P VINE VOICE on 25 July 2002
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Llewelyn on 7 Mar. 2011
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Really two entirely different albums - the studio one (and I don't think Cream were really a studio band - they were born to play live), and the live one at the Filmore. I bought the vinyl album twice in the 60's & 70's (having worn out the first one); the first side of the live album with Crossroads and Spoonful is probably the best rock-blues album side of all time. It's a shame the other side is an interminable drum solo so popular at the time (hence only 4 stars for the album as whole). I don't care how brilliant a drummer is, he/she should (in case there's any Honeycombs fans reading this) stick to backing the others. Crossroads is quite simply the best "short" live Cream track (short being relative) ever recorded whilst Spoonful is definately the perfect long live Cream track. Although improvised, it is so well played as to seem a written composition. No electric blues-rock fan should not go to his grave without hearing Spoonful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr P VINE VOICE on 25 July 2002
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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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