Live Cream, Vols. 1-2

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During the brief three years that Cream was together, it set the standard for future blues-rock power trios by redefining the role of each corner of this musical triangle. While the traditional route was to have only the guitarist take a solo, the instrumental prowess of both Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce meant that a degree of improvisation was possible from all corners. Nowhere was this more evident than in a live setting, as ably demonstrated by the performances included on LIVE CREAM, Volumes I and II.

VOLUME I, taken from some 1968 dates recorded at Winterland and Fillmore West, features Clapton, Bruce and Baker playing with a ferocity that makes Jack Bruce's ten-minute version of "N.S.U." fly by. Bruce's other collaborations with co-writer Janet Godfrey, "Sleepy Time Time" and "Sweet Wine" show off his honeyed singing style while allowing Clapton to indulge his blues jones and Cream to flex its improvisational muscle. LIVE CREAM II features less obscure numbers from the band's catalog. These recordings were taken from 1968 live performances at the Oakland Coliseum and San Francisco's Winterland. Included in this set are the epic "Tales of Brave Ulysses," the wah-wah-laden "White Room" and the psychedelic glory that is "Sunshine Of Your Love."

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