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Those Were the Days
Those Were the Days
Genres: Blues, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
  •  Track Listings (24) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (22) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (8) - Disc #3
  •  Track Listings (9) - Disc #4

Specially repackaged 2008 edition of this four CD box set consisting of 63 tracks that divide Cream's short but immensely influential career into two halves. The first two discs feature every studio track the group ever re...  more »


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All Artists: Cream
Title: Those Were the Days
Members Wishing: 6
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polydor / Umgd
Original Release Date: 9/23/1997
Release Date: 9/23/1997
Album Type: Box set
Genres: Blues, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Blues Rock, Psychedelic Rock, British Invasion, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaCD Credits: 4
UPCs: 731453900028, 0600753028087, 0602498408537


Album Description
Specially repackaged 2008 edition of this four CD box set consisting of 63 tracks that divide Cream's short but immensely influential career into two halves. The first two discs feature every studio track the group ever released, plus a handful of unreleased tracks, alternate takes and rarities. The other two discs are devoted to restored live material, which bring to life some of Cream's finest eclectic moments in concert such as Live At Winterland in San Francisco 1968. The power trio of guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker were visionary with their distinctive sound, a unique collision of Blues, Jazz, Folk and Psychedelic Rock that not only defined the band's identity but captured the thrilling heady atmosphere of the late 1960s and set the ground work for rock bands that followed in the 1970s. This remarkably comprehensive collection comes complete with an extensive booklet, rare photographs and digitally remastered recordings. Universal.

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This Is the Mother Lode for Cream Fans
Steve Vrana | Aurora, NE | 01/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Cream has the distinction of being the world's first supergroup. Comprised of Eric Clapton (guitar, vocals), Jack Bruce (bass, vocals), and Ginger Baker (drums) they would reshape the rock landscape over the course of four studio albums between December 1966 and January 1969 forging a hybrid of hard rock, heavy metal and the blues.This 4-CD box set includes Cream's four studio albums in their entirety, plus most of the live material from Wheels of Fire, Live Cream, Vol. 1 and 2, and a handful of non-album singles and previously unreleased live songs.Disc 1 contains Cream's first U.K. single "Wrapping Paper" and a previously unreleased version of "Lawdy Mama"--the version that originally appeared on Live Cream is on disc-2.Disc-2 contains the non-album single "Anyone for Tennis," "The Coffee Song" (which previously only appeared on the U.K. reissue of Fresh Cream), five previously unissued demos (of which only "SWLABR" eventually made it onto an album), and a Falstaff beer commercial(!) to round out the disc.The first two discs represent the studio material. Jack Bruce with lyricist Pete Brown wrote much of the band's original material, although Clapton did make some contributions, including "Strange Brew," Tales of Brave Ulysses" and "Badge," the latter with George Harrison who also provided rhythm guitar.Discs 3 and 4 are all live recordings. The newly released material includes a 12-minute version of "N.S.U.," an extended 17-minute version of "Toad" and a performance of "Sunshine of Your Love" taken from the Glen Campbell Show in May 1968.This box set is so comprehensive as to make owning any other Cream albums unnecessary and (except for those on a tight budget) the purchase to make rather than the skimpy (by comparison) 20-track The Very Best of Cream. The sound quality is superb, the 48-page booklet is informative, and the music will blow you away! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED"
Anyone for tennis! A must buy for Cream fans
James McDonnell | NJ | 01/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Cream experience was always multifaceted and exciting, both visually and musically. There was nothing subtle or understated about this group. The music and the album cover art was always memorable, innovative and colorful (some would say florid). There has always been 2 Eric Clapton's; one which overflows with energy, passion & adrenaline and the other devoid of it. This CD collection captures the former EC in all of his blazing and colorful guitar slinging glory, wired to 300 watts of Marshall stack amplifiers. Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker will always be the ultimate power rhythm section, setting the standard for all of those who would follow, including Zeppelin and Rush. Any collection which includes Dance the night away, White Room, Badge, Sunshine, Scrapyard, Crossroads, Those were the days, Ulysses, SWALABR, Strange Brew, & World of Pain plus superb liner notes which fully documents the group from inception to demise, with superb photographs is well worth the investment. The tracks have been digitally remastered, enhancing the listening experience, especially for the live tracks. This box set is thoughtful, comprehensive and is the ultimate word on the first and foremost power trio of the late 60's. Cream is 1/3 of the 60's holy trinity; the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix comprise the other 2/3."
The "Cream" Rises To The Top!!!
J. Harmon | LA-USA | 03/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is the real deal. If you want to hear one of the greatest bands of all time, in their entirety, get this box set. Every official release is on this set. You get Fresh Cream, Disraeli Gears, Wheels of Fire, Goodbye, The "Wrapping Paper" and "Anyone For Tennis" singles, an outtake from the Fresh Cream sessions, and several demos from the "Lost" sessions. And to top it all off, you get the "Falstaff Beer" song. Disc 1 and 2 are the studio sides, while 3 and 4 are devoted to the live recordings. These are perhaps the greatest live stuff ever recorded by a rock band. Some of these jams make Jimi look tame!!

I recommend this box set for anyone who wants to emmerse themselves in the orgy that is Cream. I recommend it to a new fan, but if this set is too much for the casual fan, there is the 20-track "The Very Best of Cream", which is much more affordable($16 compared to $53!!). But if you are a huge and obssessed fan like me, you won't mind spending $53 hard earned dollars on this. If something ever happened to my copy of this, I wouldn't hesitate for a second to get another copy. Get this as soon as you can, and please, for my sake(and a whole lot of others), don't let great music like this be overshadowed by s**t that is produced today!!!"