Tales of Brave Ulysses


Song Review by Matthew Greenwald

One of a few overtly psychedelic songs to have aged gracefully, "Tales of Brave Ulysses" is indeed a Cream classic. Based on a simple but effective C/B flat/F chord pattern (which was later utilized for "White Room"), the song has a powerful, unrelenting mid-tempo groove that defined Cream's finest songs of the period. Lyrically, it's a relatively factual and colorful rendering of the great Greek tragedy Ulysses. Taking a classic tale like this to the psychedelic audience was a stroke of genius, and this song is indeed one of the band's most lasting efforts. Aside from the definitive studio version (Disrali Gears), a fabulous live version also appears on Live Cream, Vol. 2.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Disraeli Gears 1967 Polydor 2:49
Story of Cream 1983 2:47
Strange Brew: The Very Best of Cream 1983 Polydor / Universal International 2:48
Crossroads 1988 Polydor 2:48
Classic Rock: Rock Renaissance, Vol. 2 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:48
British Rock: 1st Wave 1991
Various Artists
Guitar Player Presents Rock: Legends of Guitar: The '60s, Vol. 2 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 2:46
The Very Best of Cream 1995 Polydor / Chronicles 2:46
And the Heavens Cried 1996
Various Artists
Débutante 2:48
Those Were the Days 1997 Polydor 4:43
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Cream 2000 Polydor / Universal 2:50
Gold 2005 Polydor 2:49
I Feel Free: Ultimate Cream 2005 Polydor 2:49
Icon 2011 Polydor 2:47
Icon 2 2011 Polydor 2:47
Viaje A 1967
Various Artists
Universal 2:46