Cream

Klook's Kleet '66

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A significant addition to the pool of unreleased Cream material, this has eight alternate versions/outtakes from their earliest sessions in the summer of '66, as well a different version of "Lawdy Mama" from '67, a Falstaff Beer commercial, and seven songs recorded live at the Klook's Kleet club in 1966. It's the studio outtakes that you'd want this for; the fidelity is phenomenal, at the same level of an official release. Contains alternate versions of many of the songs from their first album, with differences ranging from minor to major. "Sweet Wine," with a long extended feedback solo from Clapton, is particularly noteworthy, and "You Make Me Feel," an odd and frankly none too impressive bit of English pop, is an original that would never be released by the group. The liner notes say that the Kloots Kleet acetates were recorded for consideration as a live album, but it's hard to see how that would have happened, as the fidelity is tinny and the vocals muffled. More in line with the standards of typical live bootlegs of the era, it does offer serious fans the chance to hear (approximately) how they sounded onstage at their inception, with a few staples of their early repertoire ("N.S.U.," "Crossroads") and a couple less done-to-death numbers ("Meet Me In The Bottom," "Steppin' Out").