Monday, January 2, 2017

CD Review: Introduce Some "Fresh Cream" Into Your Fresh New Year

On January 27th, Universal Music is releasing a four disc, deluxe edition of Cream's debut album "Fresh Cream." It features 72-songs spread across 3-CDs along with a Blu-Ray audio disc that features both the U.S. stereo and mono versions of the album in Hi-Resolution Audio. The set also includes a 64-page hardcover book with new album notes written by Rolling Stone writer David Fricke.
 
The band Cream featured three of the biggest rising talents in Britain during the sixties music boom. Guitarist Eric Clapton was a member of The Yardbirds, before moving on to become a side member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, drummer Ginger Baker recently departed from the Graham Bond Organisation and bassist Jack Bruce just left Manfred Mann. All three were hungry for bringing the blues back to the mainstream.
 
The new box set features the original mono version of the album, which featured classics like "Spoonful" and "I'm So Glad." The original album ends with Ginger Baker showcasing his skills on the drums with "Toad," which became a concert staple for the band throughout their career together. The first disc also includes the studio outtake "The Coffee Song," along with the A-sides and B-sides to Cream's first three singles. Then, it closes with eight songs from from a couple of French EP's that were originally released in 1966.
 
The second disc in the set features the album's stereo mix, with Cream's first three singles mixed in stereo. The prize of the second disc are the new seven newly mixed stereo versions of songs from the album, which have never been previously released. The third disc in box set contains all the treasures that fans have been waiting for. The first eleven songs on the disc are early versions and studio outtakes that have been previously unreleased. Three different mixes of "I Feel Free" showcases the development of the song in the studio, and the song "Beauty Queen" is available officially for the first time. To round out the disc, Universal Music added 14-songs from their BBC sessions between November 1966 to January 1967. Highlights include the previously unreleased "Sleepy Time Time" and "Steppin' Out," which features an amazing guitar solo from Eric Clapton. To find out more about this new amazing deluxe version of Cream's "Fresh Cream," please visit facebook.com/Cream-Band.

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