Live Cream Volume II

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Live Cream Volume II
Cream playing live in concert
Live album by
Released2 March 1972 (1972-03-02)[1]
Recorded9 March, 10 March and 4 October 1968[1]
VenueWinterland, San Francisco
Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland
GenreBlues rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock
ProducerFelix Pappalardi[2]
Cream chronology
Live Cream
Live Cream Volume II
Heavy Cream
Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideC+[3]
Rolling Stone(unfavorable)[4]

Live Cream Volume II is the second live album by the British rock band Cream, released in March 1972 by Polydor Records (Atco Records in the US). This album contains six tracks recorded at various performances from 9 March to 4 October 1968.[1]


Matthew Greenwald of AllMusic stated that Volume 2 had more songs on it than its predecessor, including two songs whose album versions were released as singles. He also commented on how the sound quality was some of the best at the time. He did not like, however, that there were not as many extended jams as there were on the predecessor and that Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton's singing is not good on "White Room" and "Sunshine of Your Love." Greenwald felt that the live version of "Deserted Cities of the Heart" is better than the studio version.[1]

"Steppin' Out" was used in the dramatic climax of Mean Streets (1973) directed by Martin Scorsese.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No.TitleRecording date and locationLength
1."Deserted Cities of the Heart" (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown)4 October 1968, Oakland Coliseum Arena4:32
2."White Room" (Bruce, Brown)4 October 1968, Oakland Coliseum Arena5:39
3."Politician" (Bruce, Brown)4 October 1968, Oakland Coliseum Arena5:06
4."Tales of Brave Ulysses" (Eric Clapton, Martin Sharp)10 March 1968, Winterland4:45
Side 2
No.TitleRecording date and locationLength
5."Sunshine of Your Love" (Clapton, Bruce, Brown)9 March 1968, Winterland7:24
6."Steppin' Out" (James Bracken, mistitled as "Hideaway" on original LP pressings)9 March 1968, Winterland13:38


Per liner notes[2]


Chart (1972) Peak
Canada (RPM100 Albums)[8] 30
UK (The Official Charts Company)[9] 15
US Billboard 200[10] 27


  1. ^ a b c d e f Greenwald, Matthew. "Review Live Cream, Vol. 2". AllMusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b Live Cream Volume II (Vinyl sleeve). Cream. United Kingdom: Polydor Records. back cover. UICY-93700.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: C". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 23 February 2019 – via
  4. ^ Saunders, Mike (1 January 2002). "Review: Live Cream Vol. 2". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 1 September 2010.
  5. ^ Hoffman, Jordan (31 October 2019). "The 20 Best Needle Drops in Martin Scorsese Movies". Thrillist. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  6. ^ Brzozowicz, Grzegorz (17 October 2013). "LP's Designed in PL". Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  7. ^ Brzozowicz, Grzegorz (6 September 2013). "I still like fast driving – an interview with Stanisław Zagórski". Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  8. ^ "RPM – Item Display: Top Albums/CDs – Volume 17, No. 16, June 03 1972". Library and Archives Canada. 31 March 2004. Archived from the original (.Php) on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  9. ^ "Live Cream Vol.2 by Cream". Official Charts Company. United Kingdom. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  10. ^ "Cream – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 3 December 2010.