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Those Were the Days [Box]

    1. Wrapping Paper
    2. I Feel Free
    3. N.S.U.
    4. Sleepy Time Time
    5. Dreaming
    6. Sweet Wine
    7. Spoonful
    8. Cat's Squirrel
    9. Four Until Late
    10. Rollin' and Tumblin'
    11. I'm So Glad
    12. Toad
    13. Lawdy Mama - (previously unreleased, version 1)
    14. Strange Brew
    15. Sunshine of Your Love
    16. World of Pain
    17. Dance the Night Away
    18. Blue Condition
    19. Tales of Brave Ulysses
    20. Swlabr
    21. We're Going Wrong
    22. Outside Woman Blues
    23. Take It Back
    24. Mother's Lament
    1. White Room
    2. Sitting on Top of the World
    3. Passing the Time - (take In the Studio, alternate take)
    4. As You Said
    5. Pressed Rat and Warthog
    6. Politician
    7. Those Were the Days
    8. Born Under a Bad Sign
    9. Deserted Cities of the Heart
    10. Anyone for Tennis
    11. Badge
    12. Doing That Scrapyard Thing
    13. What a Bringdown
    14. Coffee Song, The
    15. Lawdy Mama - (version 2)
    16. You Make Me Feel - (previously unreleased, demo version)
    17. We're Going Wrong - (previously unreleased, demo version)
    18. Hey Now Princess - (previously unreleased, demo version)
    19. Swlabr - (previously unreleased, demo version)
    20. Weird of Hermiston - (previously unreleased, demo version)
    21. Clearout, The - (previously unreleased, demo version)
    22. Falstaff Beer Commercial - (previously unreleased)
    0. DISC 3: LIVE:
    1. N.S.U. - (previously unreleased, unedited version)
    2. Sleepy Time Time
    3. Rollin' and Tumblin'
    4. Crossroads
    5. Spoonful
    6. Tales of Brave Ulysses
    7. Sunshine of Your Love
    8. Sweet Wine
    0. DISC 4: LIVE:
    1. White Room
    2. Politician
    3. I'm So Glad
    4. Sitting on Top of the World
    5. Stepping Out
    6. Traintime
    7. Toad - (previously unreleased, extended version)
    8. Deserted Cities of the Heart
    9. Sunshine of Your Love - (previously unreleased, from "the Glen Campbell Show")
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 539000

  • Credits

    THOSE WERE THE DAYS is a four-disc set, the first half consisting of Cream's entire studio output and the last half featuring the band's concert performances. The package includes a 48-page booklet full of previously unpublished photos.
    Cream: Jack Bruce (vocals, acoustic guitar, cello, harmonica, piano, organ, bass); Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar); Ginger Baker (vocals, drums, percussion).
    Additional personnel: George Harrison (guitar); Felix Pappalardi (viola, organ, trumpet, tonette, Swiss hand bells, piano, mellotron, bass).
    Producers: Robert Stigwood, Felix Pappalardi, Ahmet Ertegun.
    Compilation producer: Bill Levenson
    Engineers include: John Timperly, Tom Dowd, Adrian Barber.
    Includes liner notes by John McDermott.
    Personnel: Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar); Jack Bruce (vocals, acoustic guitar, cello, harmonica, piano, organ, bass guitar); Ginger Baker (vocals, drums, percussion); Felix Pappalardi (viola, trumpet, piano, organ, Mellotron, bells).
    Audio Remixers: Gene Paul; Adrian Barber; Kevin Brady.
    Liner Note Author: John McDermott .
    Photographers: Jim Marshall ; Chuck Pulin; Barry Wentzell; Chuck Stewart; Don Paulsen.
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Eric Clapton; Ginger Baker; Jack Bruce.
    In the two years they were together, Cream's blend of blues, psychedelic rock and quirky lyricism forever altered the definition of rock music. After releasing four seminal albums, Cream broke up as quickly as they had come together, with all three members going on to solo careers of varying artistic and commercial success. THOSE WERE THE DAYS brings together Cream's musical output in a deluxe four-CD set that's neatly halved between studio and live material.
    Meticulously compiled and remastered, DAYS includes every studio recording the band ever released, as well as previously unreleased demos, masters, rare and alternate takes. The live half of the box set is primarily culled from seminal performances at legendary venues like San Francisco's Winterland and Fillmore West.
    The sound has been considerably cleaned up allowing the listener to hear every nuance of these extended flights of jazz-flavored blues-rock improvisation. The package surrounding Cream's timeless musical output sports a DISRAELI GEARS-style day-glo cover and a 48-page color book. The accompanying notes, complemented by dozens of previously unpublished photos, provide an intimate glimpse into the brief, but groundbreaking career of the original power trio.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (9/18/97, p.106) - "...[Cream] were capable of hard-driving discipline as well as discursive solos....Cream pump out taut psychedelia...crystalline pop...and crunching hard-rock hooks..."
    Entertainment Weekly (9/26/97, p.79) - "The sheer intensity of the pioneering psychedelic-blues band, Cream...remains undeniable 30 years after their demise. Guitarist Eric Clapton never sounded quite as electric as when prodded by the hyperactive bass of Jack Bruce and the savage stomp of drummer Ginger Baker." - Rating: A
    Musician (11/97, p.88) - "...Cream was really two bands...a studio band and a live band, with a heavy blues focus that evolved into a postmodern view of pop as their artistry grew and the technology of the recording studios rose to meet their challenge..."
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