Best of Cream

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Best of Cream
Greatest hits album by Cream
Released 7 July 1969 (US)
24 October 1969 (UK)
Recorded 1966-68
Genre Blues rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock, acid rock
Length 34:45
Label Atco, RSO
Producer Felix Pappalardi, Robert Stigwood
Cream chronology
Goodbye
(1969)
Best of Cream
(1969)
Live Cream
(1970)

Best of Cream is a compilation album of material recorded from 1966 to 1968 by the rock band Cream, and released shortly after their disbanding. The album was originally released by Cream's U.S. label Atco (Atlantic) Records (catalog no. SD 33-291), and was available on that label during the years 1969-72. A re-release was pressed in 2014 by Polydor on 180g vinyl (catalog no. 535 113-8). The album was briefly reissued in the U.S. in 1977 by RSO/Polydor Records, to whom U.S. distribution rights for Cream's recordings had reverted by that time.

Best of Cream was noteworthy upon its release as the first American album to contain Cream's studio recording of "Spoonful." Although included in international versions of Cream's 1966 debut album Fresh Cream, the song was deleted from Atco's initial U.S. release of the album, and replaced with the band's first hit single "I Feel Free." U.S. reissues of Fresh Cream contain both songs.

The album peaked at #3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart in July 1969.[1] The album reached #6 on the UK album charts. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Sunshine of Your Love" (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown, Eric Clapton) – 4:08
  2. "Badge" (Clapton, George Harrison) – 2:45
    • From Cream's fourth (and last original) album Goodbye (1969), produced by Felix Pappalardi. Vocal: Eric Clapton.
  3. "Crossroads" (Robert Johnson, arr. Clapton) – 4:13
  4. "White Room" (Bruce, Brown) – 3:04
    • 45 RPM single edit; uncut version appears on Wheels of Fire. Produced by Felix Pappalardi. Vocal: Jack Bruce.
  5. "SWLABR" (Bruce, Brown) – 2:31
    • From Disraeli Gears. Produced by Felix Pappalardi. Vocal: Jack Bruce.

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Born Under a Bad Sign" (Booker T. Jones, William Bell) – 3:08
    • From Wheels of Fire. Produced by Felix Pappalardi. Vocal: Jack Bruce.
  2. "Spoonful" (Willie Dixon) – 6:30
  3. "Tales of Brave Ulysses" (Clapton, Martin Sharp) – 2:50
    • From Disraeli Gears. Produced by Felix Pappalardi. Vocal: Jack Bruce.
  4. "Strange Brew" (Clapton, Pappalardi, Gail Collins) – 2:45
    • From Disraeli Gears. Produced by Felix Pappalardi. Vocal: Eric Clapton.
  5. "I Feel Free" (Bruce, Brown) – 2:51
    • From the U.S. version of Fresh Cream. Produced by Robert Stigwood. Vocals: Jack Bruce/Eric Clapton.

Personnel[edit]

Cream[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Citation[edit]

  1. ^ "Cream > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums" at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 September 2011.