Strange Brew: The Very Best of Cream

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Strange Brew: The Very Best of Cream
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Compilation album by Cream
Released 1983
Recorded 1966-1968
Length 41:24
Cream chronology
Heavy Cream
(1972)Heavy Cream1972
Strange Brew
The Very Best of Cream

(1983)
The Very Best of Cream
(1995)The Very Best of Cream1995

Strange Brew: The Very Best of Cream is a 1983 compilation album by the British rock band Cream.

Critical reception[edit]

In a contemporary review, Village Voice critic Robert Christgau wrote that the album "must be the fifth or sixth Cream reissue--I stopped counting around 1976--but it's the only one I ever played twice, and I've always wanted an album with 'Anyone for Tennis?' on it."[1] AllMusic critic Rob Bowman later gave it three stars and said of the compilation, "What the title implies, all the finest tracks from the band's four studio albums. The best was brilliant."[2]

CD track listing[edit]

(Note: Tracks 6 and 11 may not appear on some vinyl LP versions or on the cassette - they are on RSD5021 in the UK)

  1. "Badge"4 (Eric Clapton, George Harrison) – 2:46
  2. "Sunshine of Your Love"2 (Jack Bruce, Clapton, Pete Brown) – 4:10
  3. "Crossroads"3 (Robert Johnson, arr. Clapton) – 4:14
  4. "White Room"3 (Bruce, Brown) – 4:58
  5. "Born Under a Bad Sign"3 (Booker T. Jones, William Bell) – 3:13
  6. "SWLABR"2 (Bruce, Brown) – 2:34
  7. "Strange Brew"2 (Clapton, Felix Pappalardi, Gail Collins Pappalardi) – 2:48
  8. "Anyone for Tennis" (Clapton, Martin Sharp) – 2:38
  9. "I Feel Free" 1 (Bruce, Brown) – 2:54
  10. "Politician" 3 (Bruce, Brown) – 4:12
  11. "Tales of Brave Ulysses" [sic]2 (Clapton, Sharp) – 2:49
  12. "Spoonful"1 (Willie Dixon) – 6:30

Release notes[edit]

^1 Tracks 9 & 12 originally released on Fresh Cream (1966)
^2 Tracks 2, 6, 7 & 11 originally released on Disraeli Gears (1967)
^3 Tracks 3, 4, 5 & 10 originally released on Wheels of Fire (1968)
^4 Track 1 originally released on Goodbye (1969)
^5 Track 8 originally released as a single (1968)

Personnel[edit]

Certification[3][edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA Gold 12/01/1993
RIAA Platinum 12/01/1993

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (27 December 1983). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 13 February 2017. 
  2. ^ Bowman, Rob. "Strange Brew: The Very Best of Cream" at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  3. ^ "American album certifications – Cream – Strange Brew - The Very Best of Cream". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH