CreamFresh Cream Deluxe Edition
This limited-edition set includes 6x180-gram heavyweight black LPs housed in a rigid slipcase. The release also includes a 64-page perfect bound LP sized book and download code. New sleeve notes edited by Rolling Stone writer David Fricke.
“Fresh Cream” is the debut studio album by Cream released in 1966. 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 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.
Laid down at the height of the UK blues boom, Fresh Cream covers the kind of territory you might expect from three of the most respected players on the scene at the time. With Clapton fresh just from his time with John Mayall, Ginger Baker leaving behind the R'n'B backwaters of Graham Bond Organisation, and a woefully under-employed Jack Bruce hightailing it from the increasingly pop-leaning Manfred Mann, the electric blues was their natural turf.
Highlights include the racing harmonica work-out, and the call and response excitements on Muddy Waters’ “Rollin’ and Tumblin’”, a spine-tingled vocal on the Willie Dixon classic, “Spoonful”, as well as the self-penned “Sleepy Time Time” which gives Clapton a free hand to wake up all and sundry. The traditional standard, "Cat’s Squirrel" is given a rousing treatment, showing how well these players meshed.
LP 1: FRESH CREAM Mono Album (Reaction 593001)
LP 2: Session recording - mono mix, The Mono Singles and The Mono French EPs
LP 3: FRESH CREAM Stereo Album
LP 4: Session recordings - stereo mixes and new stereo mixes:
LP 5: FRESH CREAM Early versions, outtakes and alternate mixes
LP 6: THE BBC SESSIONS (November 1966 – January 1967)