Fresh Cream

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Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Fresh Cream 12" Vinyl 10 Reaction 594001
Fresh Cream (mono) 12" Vinyl 10 Reaction 593001
Fresh Cream 12" Vinyl 10 ATCO Records SD 33-206 [none]
Fresh Cream 12" Vinyl 13 RSO MIP-1-9380 [none]
Fresh Cream CD 13 RSO 827 576-2 042282757623
Fresh Cream CD 13 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 827 576-2 042282757623
Fresh Cream CD 13 RSO P33W-25014 4988005007605
Fresh Cream CD 13 RSO P20W 22001 4988005056184
Fresh Cream CD 13 DCC Compact Classics GZS 1022 010963102222
Fresh Cream 12" Vinyl 14 DCC Compact Classics LPZ-2015 010963201512
Fresh Cream CD 11 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 531 810-2 731453181021
Fresh Cream CD 11 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 31453 1810-2 731453181021
Fresh Cream CD 11 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) UICY-9150 4988005288837
Fresh Cream CD 11 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) UICY-2367
Fresh Cream 2×SHM-CD 13 + 19 Universal (plain logo: "Universal") UICY-40036 4988005798473
Fresh Cream (stereo & mono) SHM-SACD 32 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) UIGY-9539 4988005798541
Fresh Cream (super deluxe edition) 3×CD + Blu-ray 25 + 20 + 27 + 26 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 571 855-1 0602557185515
Fresh Cream CD 13 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 827 576-2 042282757623
Fresh Cream Cassette 12 International Polydor Production 914 512 [none]

Relationships

part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 102)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000189639 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/35688 [info]
Wikidata: Q841457 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Fresh Cream [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/r94h [info]

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Laid down at the height of the UK blues boom, Fresh Cream covers the kind of territory you might expect from three of the most respected players on the scene at the time. With Clapton fresh just from his time with John Mayall, Ginger Baker leaving behind the R'n'B backwaters of Graham Bond Organisation, and a woefully under-employed Jack Bruce hightailing it from the increasingly pop-leaning Manfred Mann, the electric blues was their natural turf.

Highlights include the racing harmonica work-out, and the call and response excitements on Muddy Waters' "Rollin' and Tumblin,'" a spine-tingled vocal on the Willie Dixon classic, "Spoonful" as well as the self-penned "Sleepy Time Time" which gives Clapton a free hand to wake up all and sundry. The traditional standard, "Cat's Squirrel" is given a rousing treatment, showing how well these players meshed. Only a particularly anaemic stroll through Robert Johnson's "Four Until Late", sounds like a side filler.

What lifts this album beyond the blues-tinged pigeon-hole are some superior pop songs brought along for the ride.

It's well-neigh impossible to hear the opening bars of "I Feel Free" without conjuring up images of dolly birds, hip young guys in new threads full of finger-clicking coolness hopping aboard one of those brand new Mini cars and soaring off for groovy times. Cultural cliche's aside, given the amount of musical information that's been packed into those two minutes and fifty-five seconds, it's a wonder the thing doesn't implode under the weight of its own inventiveness.

The rhythmic ambitions and ambiguity of "NSU" adds to the thrill, and if some of it doesn't quite work as well as it should (Bruce's dreary "Dreaming" is especially lame), "Sweet Wine" with its psyche-tinged lyrics and the heavy breakout offers a clear hint of what was to come. Overshadowed by its more famous successor (1967's Disraeli Gears) and their reputation lengthy improvisations during which mighty civilisations would rise and fall, their debut captures one of those elusive moments in music when blues, pop and rock magically starts to coalesce to create something brand new.