SD 33-291 Best of Cream
previously released material
Released on July 1969
UK CHART POSITION #6 . . . US CHART POSITION #3
. . . GOLD RECORD (11/10/69)
Find it at GEMM
SD 33-291 cover
[high resolution photo]
 

T hat their record companies (Atlantic and Polydor) released Best of Cream just as Blind Faith was issuing their first (and only) album speaks to the popularity of Cream following their break-up. (Blind Faith topped the UK and US charts, and Best of Cream fared nearly as well, reaching #3 in the US and #6 in the UK -- not bad considering that Goodbye had hit #1 in the UK and #2 in the US a few months earlier.) While the album cover, featuring sketches and paintings of vegetables, may be beyond mere mortal comprehension (for a great band they really had ugly album covers), the music within is outstanding and essential. The selections made are unimpeachable, if weighted toward the generally superior Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire, which account for six of the ten tracks here. The menacing “Born Under a Bad Sign” is selected from their first album, while “Badge” appears from their last. At the time of its release, Best of Cream also included two singles previously unavailable on any album: the band’s searing rendition of Willie Dixon’s “Spoonful” and “I Feel Free” (although the decision to end the album with the latter closes the collection on a weak note). Subsequent compilations (beginning with 1972’s Heavy Cream) have rendered Best of Cream redundant, building on its base of ten by adding more tracks. As a result, this album has not been reissued on compact disc, although a 1977 reissue on the R.S.O. label appears to exist in elpee and cassette form.

SD 33-291 back cover
SD 33-291 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE    (Jack Bruce/Peter Brown/Eric Clapton)    4:08
  2. BADGE    (Eric Clapton/George Harrison)    2:45
  3. CROSSROADS (LIVE)    (Robert Johnson)    4:13
  4. WHITE ROOM    (Jack Bruce/Peter Brown)    3:04
  5. SWLABR    (Jack Bruce/Peter Brown)    2:31
  6. BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN    (Booker T. Jones/William Bell)    3:06
  7. SPOONFUL    (Willie Dixon)    6:31
  8. TALES OF BRAVE ULYSSES    (Eric Clapton/Sharp)    2:50
  9. STRANGE BREW    (Eric Clapton/Felix Pappalardi/Gail Collins)    2:45
  10. I FEEL FREE    (Jack Bruce/Peter Brown)    2:48

CREDITS

Adrian Barber, Tom Dowd or Bill Halverson -- recording engineers
Jim Dine -- cover
Jim Marshall -- back liner photo

return to CREAM discography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US July 1969 Atco LP SD 33-291  
UK 1969 Polydor LP 583 060  
UK/CAN 1973? R.S.O. LP 2394 131  
GER/NZ 1973 Polydor LP 184298  

 

For more discographies visit...
progrography

© 2005 Connolly & Company. All rights reserved.