BBC Sessions (Cream album)

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BBC Sessions
Live album by Cream
Released 14 April 2003
Recorded 1966–1968
Genre Blues-rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock
Length 68:30
Label Polydor
Producer Bill Bebb
Bernie Andrews
Jeff Griffin
Bev Phillips
Cream chronology
20th Century Masters
(2000)
BBC Sessions
(2003)
Cream Gold
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

BBC Sessions is a live album by the English rock band Cream, released on 25 May 2003 on Polydor Records. It contains 22 tracks and 4 interviews recorded live at the BBC studios in London.

Between 21 October 1966 and 9 January 1968, Cream recorded eight sessions for the BBC radio network, selected highlights from seven of which are featured in chronological order on this collection.

Only the versions of "Steppin' Out" and "Lawdy Mama" had been previously released, although both were released on Eric Clapton's solo Crossroads box set, not by the band itself.

BBC Sessions was later included as the third disc in the "limited edition box set" release of Cream's 2005 compilation album I Feel Free – Ultimate Cream.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sweet Wine" (Baker, Godfrey) – 3:27
  2. Eric Clapton Interview – 0:54
  3. "Wrapping Paper" (Bruce, Brown) – 2:29
  4. "Rollin' and Tumblin'" (Waters) – 3:02
  5. "Steppin' Out" (Bracken) – 1:50
  6. "Crossroads" (Johnson, arr. Clapton) – 1:53
  7. "Cat's Squirrel" (Traditional, arr. S. Splurge) – 3:38
  8. "Traintime" (Bruce) – 2:50
  9. "I'm So Glad" (James) – 4:22
  10. "Lawdy Mama" (Traditional, arr. Clapton) – 1:53
  11. Eric Clapton Interview 2 – 0:48
  12. "I Feel Free" (Bruce, Brown) – 2:54
  13. "N.S.U." (Bruce) – 2:55
  14. "Four Until Late" (Johnson, arr. Clapton) – 1:55
  15. "Strange Brew" (Clapton, Pappalardi, Collins) – 3:00
  16. Eric Clapton Interview 3 – 0:44
  17. "Tales of Brave Ulysses" (Clapton, Sharp) – 2:55
  18. "We're Going Wrong" (Bruce) – 3:25
  19. Eric Clapton Interview 4 – 0:37
  20. "Born Under a Bad Sign" (Jones, Bell) – 3:03
  21. "Outside Woman Blues" (Reynolds) – 3:18
  22. "Take It Back" (Bruce, Brown) – 2:17
  23. "Sunshine of Your Love" (Clapton, Bruce, Brown) – 4:08
  24. "Politician" (Bruce, Brown) – 3:59
  25. "SWLABR" (Bruce, Brown) – 2:32
  26. "Steppin' Out" (Bracken) – 3:37

Recording and broadcast details[edit]

Tracks 1–5 recorded 8 November 1966 at the BBC Playhouse Theatre, London.

Broadcast on Saturday Club, BBC Light Programme, 11 November 1966.

Track 6 recorded 28 November 1966 at Aeolian 2, London.

Broadcast on Guitar Club, BBC Home Service, 30 December 1966.

Tracks 7–10 recorded 9 December 1966 at Maida Vale 4, London.

Broadcast on Rhythm & Blues, BBC World Service, 9 January 1967.

Tracks 11–14 recorded 10 January 1967 at the BBC Playhouse Theatre, London.

Broadcast on Saturday Club, BBC Light Programme, 14 January 1967.

Tracks 15–18 recorded 30 May 1967 at the BBC Playhouse Theatre, London.

Broadcast on Saturday Club, BBC Light Programme, 3 June 1967.

Tracks 19–23 recorded 24 October 1967 at Aeolian 2, London.

Broadcast on Top Gear, BBC Radio 1, 29 October 1967.

Tracks 24–26 recorded 9 January 1968 at Aeolian 2, London.

Broadcast on Top Gear, BBC Radio 1, 14 January 1968.

Omissions[edit]

This collection includes no material recorded at Cream's first BBC session, recorded 21 October 1966 at Maida Vale 4, London and broadcast on Band Beat, BBC World Service, 21 November 1966. The tracks recorded at this session were "Spoonful", "Sleepy Time Time" and "Rollin' and Tumblin'".

Other songs missing from this collection:[3]

  • "Sleepy Time Time" and "I'm So Glad" from the Saturday Club session recorded 8 November 1966 at the BBC Playhouse Theatre.
  • "Sitting on the Top of the World" and "Steppin' Out" from the Guitar Club session recorded 28 November 1966 at Aeolian 2.
  • "Traintime" and "Toad" from the Saturday Club session recorded 10 January 1967 at the BBC Playhouse Theatre.
  • "Tales of Brave Ulysses" from the Top Gear session recorded 24 October 1967 at Aeolian 2.
  • "Blue Condition" and "We're Going Wrong" from the Top Gear session recorded 9 January 1968 at Aeolian 2.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ "I Feel Free – Ultimate Cream". Jack Bruce. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "BBC Sessions". Gpatt.customer.netspace.net.au. Retrieved 9 January 2012.