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Album Review

There has been no shortage of Cream compilations over the years — as a matter of fact, they far outnumber the group's actual albums, of which there were merely four (true, they were recorded during an insanely productive two-year lifespan) — but 2005's Gold is arguably the best of the lot. Released as part of Universal's ongoing Gold series, Cream's installment spans 29 tracks over the course of two discs, with the first CD being devoted to their studio work (it weighs in at 21 tracks) and the second devoted to live recordings (it runs only eight songs, which illustrates how much they improvised in concert). Not only are all of the usual suspects here — the hits "I Feel Free," "Strange Brew," "Sunshine of Your Love," "Tales of Brave Ulysses," "Badge," "Swlabr," "Crossroads," and "Politician" — but this includes such gems as "World of Pain," "Passing the Time," "Doing That Scrapyard Thing," and "What a Bringdown." While there are a handful of cuts that might have deserved inclusion — chief among them "Four Until Late," "Take It Back," and "As You Said" — everything essential is here, and each disc draws a near-definitive portrait of what the group achieved on-stage and in the studio. As a (relatively) concise overview, Gold can't be beat — it tells you everything you need to know about this legendary supergroup.

Customer Reviews


There have been many greatest hits albums of Cream, but this is the best and most through of them all. It takes all the required Cream classics, like Sunshine of Your Love, White Room, etc., but also finds many buried Cream classics that go on. Cream's hard rock/jazz/psychedelia format still sounds classic after all these years, and the live songs have a flair about them that only Cream could create.

Cream was THE first jazz-rock band

Before Miles Davis started the "Jazz-Rock Fusion" movement in 1969-1970, these three Brits were already there, albeit without horns. Rock critics have always belittled this group for "jamming too much", but jamming was the whole point! Great muscians and great music. Peace.

Best Band Ever

Cream is the band that started it all. I believe they are still the greatest band that has ever existed. If you give this album below 4 stars you definately have bad taste. Clapton is still god.


Formed: 1966 in England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '90s, '00s

Although Cream were only together for a little more than two years, their influence was immense, both during their late-'60s peak and in the years following their breakup. Cream were the first top group to truly exploit the power trio format, in the process laying the foundation for much blues-rock and hard rock of the 1960s and 1970s. It was with Cream, too, that guitarist Eric Clapton truly became an international superstar. Critical revisionists have tagged the band as overrated, citing the musicians'...
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