Wheels of Fire

~ Release group by Cream

Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
Wheels of Fire 2×Vinyl 9 + 4 Supraphon S 1113 0811, S 1113 08112
Wheels of Fire 2×Vinyl 9 + 4 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 184 167, 184 168
Wheels of Fire 2×12" Vinyl 9 + 4 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 583 031
Wheels of Fire 2×12" Vinyl 9 + 4 ATCO Records SD 2-700 [none]
Wheels of Fire 2×Vinyl 9 + 4 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 2658110
Wheels of Fire 2×Vinyl 9 + 4 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 2612 001
Wheels of Fire 2×Vinyl 9 + 4 RSO RS-2-3802
Wheels of Fire 2×Vinyl 9 + 4 RSO MWX 9954, MWX 9955
Wheels of Fire 2×12" Vinyl 9 + 4 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 2-066
Wheels of Fire 2×CD 9 + 4 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 827 578-2 042282757821
Wheels of Fire 2×CD 9 + 4 RSO P58W-25002/3 4988005001528
Wheels of Fire 2×CD 9 + 4 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 827 578-2 042282757821
Wheels of Fire 2×CD 9 + 4 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 31453 1812-2, 731453 1812-2 731453181229
Wheels of Fire 2×CD 10 + 4 DCC Compact Classics GZS (2) 1020 010963102024
Wheels of Fire 2×CD 13 + 4 DCC Compact Classics, Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) GZS(2)-1020 010963102024
Wheels of Fire 2×CD 9 + 4 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) 531 812-2 731453181229
Wheels of Fire 2×CD 9 + 4 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) UICY-9152/3 4988005288851
Wheels of Fire SHM-SACD 13 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) UIGY-9042 4988005633361
Wheels of Fire 2×SHM-CD 11 + 6 Universal (plain logo: "Universal") UICY-40038 4988005798381
Wheels of Fire SHM-SACD 13 Polydor (worldwide imprint, see annotation) UIGY-9600 4988005857521
Wheels of Fire 2×CD 9 + 4 RSO 827 578-2 042282757821
Wheels of Fire 2×Digital Media 9 + 4 731453181229
Wheels of Fire (mastered for iTunes) Digital Media 14 Geffen Records, Polydor Inc., RSO

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part of: Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 205)
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000189640 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/35706 [info]
Wikidata: Q902413 [info]
Wikipedia: en: Wheels of Fire [info]
other databases: https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/cream/wheels_of_fire/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/z6rg [info]

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Recorded between July 1967 and April 1968 at Atlantic Studios in New York and live at Winterland and Fillmore West, Wheels Of Fire is the apotheosis of Cream. With one disc live and the other in the studio, you gain unparalleled insight to their strengths - the ornate studio productions of Felix Pappalardi, which kept the band lean and focused; alongside the unedited grandstanding of their live performance.

On the studio set, although with their roots very strongly in the blues (their playing and sensibilities were steeped in it), this really was rock music. The power trio format is heard at its greatest on lead track, Jack Bruce and Pete Brown's "White Room". Never were the three players so perfectly harnessed - Eric Clapton's scorching lead over Bruce and Ginger Baker's watertight rhythm section. The arrangements are stunning throughout - from folk to metal with instrumentation such as cello and recorder. However, Ginger Baker's contributions range from the great - "Passing The Time" to the not so great - the Ian Dury presaging "Pressed Rat and Warthog."

There is no such focus on the live side - aside from the extraordinary, defining reading of Robert Johnson's "Crossroads", the lengthy cuts - including Baker's 16 minute drum solo, "Toad" - show just how excessive the group could be in demonstrating the players' very obvious virtuosity.

The album topped the charts in America and reached No.3 in the UK. Although 1967's Disraeli Gears may be more succinct appraisal of the group, Rolling Stone described the album as "the most representative slice of the Cream legacy," which is absolutely true.