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Cream – 1966 - Fresh Cream
(2013 Japanese Limited SHM-SACD)
Cream in 1967 L-R:
Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, and Eric Clapton
Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton. Their unique sound was characterised by a hybrid of blues rock, hard rock and psychedelic rock, combining psychedelia themes, Clapton's blues guitar playing, Bruce's powerful, versatile vocals and prominent bass playing, Baker's distinctive, pulsating, jazz-influenced drumming and Pete Brown's poetry-inspired lyrics. The group's third album, Wheels of Fire (1968), was the world's first platinum-selling double album. The band is widely regarded as being the world's first successful supergroup. In their career, they sold more than 15 million copies of their albums worldwide. Their music included songs based on traditional blues such as "Crossroads" and "Spoonful", and modern blues such as "Born Under a Bad Sign", as well as more eccentric songs such as "Strange Brew", "Tales of Brave Ulysses" and "Toad".
The band's biggest hits are "I Feel Free" (UK, number 11), "Sunshine of Your Love" (US, number 5), "White Room" (US, number 6), "Crossroads" (US, number 28), and "Badge" (UK, number 18). The band made a significant impact on the popular music of the time, and, along with Jimi Hendrix and other notable guitarists and bands, popularised the use of the wah-wah pedal. They provided a heavy yet technically proficient musical theme that foreshadowed and influenced the emergence of British bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Jeff Beck Group, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath in the late 1960s and the early 1970s. The band's live performances influenced progressive rock acts such as Rush. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. They were included in both Rolling Stone and VH1's lists of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time," at number 67 and 61 respectively. They were also ranked number 16 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock".
(2013 Japanese Limited SHM-SACD)
Title: Fresh Cream
Format: SACD, Hybrid, Album, Mono, Stereo, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered
Producer: Robert Stigwood
Release Date: December 9, 1966, (December 18, 2013 Japanese Limited SHM-SACD)
Recorded: July–October 1966, Rayrik Studios, London, Ryemuse Studios, London
Label: Universal Music Japan, Polydor
Bar Code: 4 988005 798541
Genre: Rock, Blues, Electric Blues, Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Fresh Cream is the debut studio album by the British rock band Cream. It was the first LP release of producer Robert Stigwood's new "Independent" Reaction Records label, released in the United Kingdom as both a mono and stereo version on 9 December 1966, the same time as the single release of "I Feel Free". The album was released a month later, in January 1967, in the United States by Atco Records in both mono and stereo versions. For many years, only the UK and U.S. stereo mixes were available in CD. The UK mono album was reissued on CD for the first time in late 2013, as part of a deluxe SHM-CD and SHM-SACD sets (both editions also contain the UK stereo counterpart) sold only in Japan. The album peaked at No. 6 on the UK album chart and No. 39 on the U.S. album chart. In 2003, the album was ranked number 101 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine:
Fresh Cream represents so many different firsts, it's difficult to keep count. Cream, of course, was the first supergroup, but their first album not only gave birth to the power trio, it also was instrumental in the birth of heavy metal and the birth of jam rock. That's a lot of weight for one record and, like a lot of pioneering records, Fresh Cream doesn't seem quite as mighty as what would come later, both from the group and its acolytes. In retrospect, the moments on the LP that are a bit unformed -- in particular, the halting waltz of "Dreaming" never achieves the sweet ethereal atmosphere it aspires to -- stand out more than the innovations, which have been so thoroughly assimilated into the vocabulary of rock & roll, but Fresh Cream was a remarkable shift forward in rock upon its 1966 release and it remains quite potent. Certainly at this early stage the trio was still grounded heavily in blues, only fitting given guitarist Eric Clapton's stint in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, which is where he first played with bassist Jack Bruce, but Cream never had the purist bent of Mayall, and not just because they dabbled heavily in psychedelia. The rhythm section of Bruce and Ginger Baker had a distinct jazzy bent to their beat; this isn't hard and pure, it's spongy and elastic, giving the musicians plenty of room to roam. This fluidity is most apparent on the blues covers that take up nearly half the record, especially on "Spoonful," where the swirling instrumental interplay, echo, fuzz tones, and overwhelming volume constitute true psychedelic music, and also points strongly toward the guitar worship of heavy metal. Almost all the second side of Fresh Cream is devoted to this, closing with Baker's showcase "Toad," but for as hard and restless as this half of the album is, there is some lightness on the first portion of the record where Bruce reveals himself as an inventive psychedelic pop songwriter with the tense, colorful "N.S.U." and the hook- and harmony-laden "I Feel Free." Cream shows as much force and mastery on these tighter, poppier tunes as they do on the free-flowing jams, yet they show a clear bias toward the long-form blues numbers, which makes sense: they formed to be able to pursue this freedom, which they do so without restraint. If at times that does make the album indulgent or lopsided, this is nevertheless where Cream was feeling their way forward, creating their heavy psychedelic jazz-blues and, in the process, opening the door to all kinds of serious rock music that may have happened without Fresh Cream, but it just would not have happened in the same fashion as it did with this record as precedent.
01. N.S.U. (Stereo)
02. Sleepy Time Time (Stereo)
03. Dreaming (Stereo)
04. Sweet Wine (Stereo)
05. Spoonful (Stereo)
06. Cat’s Squirrel (Stereo)
07. Four Until Late (Stereo)
08. Rollin’ And Tumblin’ (Stereo)
09. I’m So Glad (Mono)
10. Toad (Stereo)
11. Wrapping Paper (Stereo)
12. I Feel Free (Stereo)
13. The Coffee Song (Stereo)
14. N.S.U. (Mono)
15. Sleepy Time Time (Mono)
16. Dreaming (Mono)
17. Sweet Wine (Mono)
18. Spoonful (Mono)
19. Cat’s Squirrel (Mono)
20. Four Until Late (Mono)
21. Rollin’ And Tumblin’ (Mono)
22. I’m So Glad (Mono)
23. Toad (Mono)
24. Wrapping Paper (Mono)
25. I Feel Free (Mono)
26. The Coffee Song (Mono)
Bonus Tracks From "Fresh Cream" French Ep Version:
27. Wrapping Paper
28. Sweet Wine
29. I’m So Glad
30. Cat’s Squirrel
31. Rollin’ And Tumblin’
32. Four Until Late
DSD flat transferred from analogue master tapes by Seth Foster at Sterling Sound, New York, in 2013.
Tracks “14-18? DSD flat transferred from analogue master tapes by Richard Whittaker at FX Copyroom, London, in 2013.
Edited in DSD by Manabu Matsumura at Universal Music Studios, Tokyo, in 2013.
Ginger Baker - drums, percussion, vocals
Jack Bruce - vocals, bass, harmonica, piano
Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
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