Those Were the Days (Cream album)

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Those Were the Days
Box set by Cream
Released 23 September 1997
Recorded 1966–1968
Genre Blues-rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock, acid rock
Length 303:12
Label Polydor
Producer Joanna Bennetts
Cream chronology
The Very Best of Cream
(1995)
Those Were the Days
(1997)
20th Century Masters
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Those Were the Days is a retrospective compilation of music recorded by the English rock band Cream, released on 23 September 1997.

It comprises four CDs and catalogues every track from their four studio albums, plus live material recorded in 1968.

The title is taken from the song written by Ginger Baker and Mike Taylor, released on the album Wheels of Fire in 1968.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one: In the Studio[edit]

Non-album single (1966)

1. "Wrapping Paper" (Bruce, Brown) – 2.22

Tracks taken from Fresh Cream (1966)

2. "I Feel Free" (Bruce, Brown) – 2.51
3. "N.S.U." (Bruce) – 2.43
4. "Sleepy Time Time" (Bruce, Godfrey) – 4.20
5. "Dreaming" (Bruce) – 1.58
6. "Sweet Wine" (Baker, Godfrey) – 3.17
7. "Spoonful" (Dixon) – 6.30
8. "Cat's Squirrel" (Traditional, arr. S. Splurge) – 3.03
9. "Four Until Late" (Johnson, arr. Clapton) – 2.07
10. "Rollin' and Tumblin'" (Waters) – 4.42
11. "I'm So Glad" (James) – 3.57
12. "Toad" (Baker) – 5.11

Studio out-take (1967)

13. "Lawdy Mama" - version 1 (previously unreleased) (Traditional, arr. Clapton) – 2.00

Tracks taken from Disraeli Gears (1967)

14. "Strange Brew" (Clapton, Collins, Pappalardi) – 2.46
15. "Sunshine of Your Love" (Bruce, Brown, Clapton) – 4.10
16. "World of Pain" (Collins, Pappalardi) – 3.02
17. "Dance the Night Away" (Bruce, Brown) – 3.34
18. "Blue Condition" (Baker) – 3.29
19. "Tales of Brave Ulysses" (Clapton, Sharp) – 2.46
20. "SWLABR" (Bruce, Brown) – 2.31
21. "We're Going Wrong" (Bruce) – 3.26
22. "Outside Woman Blues" (Reynolds, arr. Clapton) – 2.24
23. "Take It Back" (Bruce, Brown) – 3.05
24. "Mother's Lament" (Traditional, arr. Bruce, Brown, Clapton) – 1.47

Disc two: In the Studio[edit]

Tracks taken from Wheels of Fire (1968)

1. "White Room" (Bruce, Brown) – 4.58
2. "Sitting on Top of the World" (Walter Vinson, Lonnie Chatmon; arr. Burnett) – 4.58
3. "Passing the Time" - extended version (Baker, Taylor) – 5.53
4. "As You Said" (Bruce, Brown) – 4.20
5. "Pressed Rat and Warthog" (Baker, Taylor) – 3.13
6. "Politician" (Bruce, Brown) – 4.12
7. "Those Were the Days" (Baker, Taylor) – 2.53
8. "Born Under a Bad Sign" (Jones, Bell) – 3.09
9. "Deserted Cities of the Heart" (Bruce, Brown) – 3.38

Non-album single (1968)

10. "Anyone for Tennis" (Clapton, Sharp) – 2.38

Tracks taken from Goodbye (1969)

11. "Badge" (Clapton, Harrison) – 2.44
12. "Doing That Scrapyard Thing" (Bruce, Brown) – 3.14
13. "What a Bringdown" (Baker) – 3.58

Miscellaneous tracks

14. "The Coffee Song" (Colton, Smith) – 2.44
15. "Lawdy Mama" - version 2 3 (Traditional, arr. Clapton) – 2.46
16. "You Make Me Feel" - demo version (previously unreleased) (Bruce, Brown) – 2.39
17. "We're Going Wrong" - demo version (previously unreleased) (Bruce) – 3.49
18. "Hey Now Princess" - demo version (previously unreleased) (Bruce, Brown) – 3.31
19. "Swlabr" - demo version (previously unreleased) (Bruce, Brown) – 4.30
20. "Weird of Hermiston" - demo version (previously unreleased) (Bruce, Brown) – 3.12
21. "The Clearout" - demo version (previously unreleased) (Bruce, Brown) – 3.58
22. "Falstaff Beer Commercial" (previously unreleased) (Baker, Bruce, Clapton) – 1.00

Disc three: Live[edit]

1. "N.S.U." (previously unreleased) (Bruce) – 12.38
Recorded 9 March 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco
2. "Sleepy Time Time" 3 (Bruce, Godfrey) – 6.48
Recorded 9 March 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco
3. "Rollin' and Tumblin'" 3 (Waters) – 6.29
Recorded 7 March 1968 at Fillmore West, San Francisco
4. "Crossroads" 1 (Johnson, arr. Clapton) – 4.24
Recorded 10 March 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco
5. "Spoonful" 1 (Dixon) – 16.39
Recorded 10 March 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco
6. "Tales of Brave Ulysses" 4 (Clapton, Sharp) – 4.43
Recorded 10 March 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco
7. "Sunshine of Your Love" 4 (Bruce, Brown, Clapton) – 7.25
Recorded 9 March 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco
8. "Sweet Wine" 3 (Baker, Godfrey) – 15.08
Recorded 10 March 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco

Disc four: Live[edit]

1. "White Room" 4 (Bruce, Brown) – 6.21
Recorded 4 October 1968 at Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland
2. "Politician" 4 (Bruce, Brown) – 5.08
Recorded 4 October 1968 at Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland
3. "I'm So Glad" 2 (James) – 9.32
Recorded 19 October 1968 at The Forum, Los Angeles
4. "Sitting on Top of the World" 2 (Walter Vinson, Lonnie Chatmon; arr. Burnett) – 4.55
Recorded 19 October 1968 at The Forum, Los Angeles
5. "Stepping Out" 4 (Bracken) – 13.29
Recorded 10 March 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco
6. "Traintime" 1 (Bruce) – 7.02
Recorded 8 March 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco
7. "Toad" (previously unreleased extended version) (Baker) – 17.35
Recorded March 7&8, 1968 at Fillmore West, San Francisco
8. "Deserted Cities of the Heart" 4 (Bruce, Brown) – 4.14
Recorded 4 October 1968 at Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland
9. "Sunshine of Your Love" (previously unreleased) (Bruce, Brown, Clapton) – 4.44
Recorded May 1968 at CBS Studios, Los Angeles for the Glen Campbell Show

Live tracks release notes[edit]

^1 previously released on Wheels of Fire (1968)
^2 previously released on Goodbye (1969)
^3 previously released on Live Cream (1970)
^4 previously released on Live Cream Volume II (1972)

Omitted from this collection[edit]

  • Toad – from Wheels of Fire
Recorded 7 March 1968 at Filmore West, San Francisco
(Replaced by an extended version, incorporating material recorded on 8 March 1968)
  • Politician – from Goodbye
Recorded 19 October 1968 at The Forum, Los Angeles
(Omitted in favour of the version released on Live Cream Volume II, recorded on 4 October 1968)
  • N.S.U. – from Live Cream
Recorded 10 March 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco
(Replaced by a longer alternative recorded on 9 March 1968)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Cream: Those Were the Days" at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 September 2011.

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