Sunday, February 3, 2019

Cream - Like a Bearded Rainbow





I put this together after listening to Clapton's "A Life In 12 Bars" OST. This time though, It'd take Clapton, Baker, and Bruce and tell their complete story, including many that haven't ever been attempted yet. Each volume tells a different story and is designed to stand on its own. A LOT of effort was put into making these listenable and enjoyable. I hope you will all agree. Special thanks to Burt Kocain for supplying artwork!! All is at @320 and I'll try to give you my thoughts and reasoning for each volume. Here goes!

Like A Bearded Rainbow 01 - Pre-Cream Recordings (1:40)
1 Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated I'm a Hoochie Coochie Man (Live) (Bruce/Baker) [7-62] 3:28
2 Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated Early in the Morning (Live) (Bruce/Baker) [1-63] 2:58
3 Sonny Boy Williamson II & The Yardbirds Mister Downchild (Clapton) [12-63] 3:57
4 Sonny Boy Williamson II & The Yardbirds Take It Easy Baby (version 2) (Clapton) [12-63] 4:13
5 The Yardbirds Louise (Clapton) [3-64] 3:41
6 The Graham Bond Organization Long Tall Shorty (Bruce/Baker) (5-64) 2:19
7 The Yardbirds I Wish You Would (Clapton) [5-64] 2:19
8 The Yardbirds A Certain Girl (Clapton) [5-64] 2:17
9 Otis Spann Pretty Girls Everywhere (Clapton) [5-64] 2:53
10 The Yardbirds I Ain't Got You (Clapton) [10-64] 1:59
11 The Graham Bond Organization Wade In The Water (Bruce/Baker) (1-65) 2:42
12 The Graham Bond Organisation Train Time (Bruce/Baker) [3-65] 2:24
13 The Yardbirds Got To Hurry (Clapton) [3-65] 2:48
14 The Graham Bond Organization Love Come Shining Through (Bruce/Baker) (4-65) 2:05
15 John Mayall's All-Stars I'm Your Witchdoctor (Clapton) [5-65] 2:13
16 John Mayall's All-Stars Telephone Blues (Clapton) [5-65] 4:01
17 Eric Clapton & Jimmy Page Choker (Clapton) [5-65] 1:29
18 Eric Clapton Tribute To Elmore (Clapton) [5-65] 2:13
19 John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers Bernard Jenkins (Clapton) [10-65] 3:49
20 Jack Bruce I'm Getting Tired (of Drinking and Gambling) (Single) [12-65] 2:37
21 Jack Bruce Rootin' Tootin' (Single) [12-65] 2:54
22 Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse Crossroads [Clapton/Bruce] [3-66] 2:18
23 Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse I Want to Know [Clapton/Bruce] [3-66] 2:17
24 Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse Steppin Out [Clapton/Bruce] [3-66] 3:16
25 Manfred Mann She Needs Company (Bruce) [4-66] 2:48
26 John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers They Call It Stormy Monday (Live At The Flamingo) [Clapton/Bruce] [3-66) 4:34
27 John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers Have You Ever Loved A Woman (Live At The Flamingo) [Clapton/Bruce] [4-66] 6:42
28 Champion Jack Dupree Shim-Sham-Shimmy (Bluesbreakers/Clapton) [1-66] 2:09
29 Manfred Mann My Generation (Bruce) [6-66] 2:29
30 Manfred Mann (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (Bruce) [6-66] 2:55
31 John Mayall Steppin' Out (Clapton) [7-66] 2:29
32 John Mayall Ramblin' On My Mind (Clapton) [7-66] 3:08
33 John Mayall Hideaway (Clapton) [7-66] 3:15
34 Manfred Mann Spirit Feel (Bruce) [1-67] 2:41

I gotta admit this one was a lot of trouble to be fair to Baker, Bruce and Clapton and also to tell the story that needs to be told with the necessary detail. In the end, I cut a lot of stuff, but everything that is here is here for a reason.


Vol 1 YANDEX




Like A Bearded Rainbow 02 - Fresh Cream 1966 (SHM Mono and Stereo) (1:16)
1 N.S.U. (Mono) 2:44
2 SleepyTime Time (Mono) 4:20
3 Dreaming (Mono) 1:59
4 Sweet Wine (Mono) 3:19
5 Spoonful (Mono) 6:32
6 Cat's Squirrel (Mono) 3:00
7 Four Until Late (Mono) 2:08
8 Rollin' And Tumblin' (Mono) 4:45
9 I'm So Glad (Mono) 3:59
10 Toad (Mono) 5:11
11 N.S.U. (Stereo) 2:44
12 Sleepy Time Time (Stereo) 4:21
13 Dreaming (Stereo) 2:00
14 Sweet Wine (Stereo) 3:18
15 Spoonful (Stereo) 6:30
16 Cat's Squirrel (Stereo) 3:07
17 Four Until Late (Stereo) 2:08
18 Rollin' And Tumblin' (Stereo) 4:43
19 I'm So Glad (Stereo) 3:58
20 Toad (Stereo) 5:10

Newly remastered and reconfigured to play the mono LP first, as that's what I believe would have been the go-to version in '66. No bonus tracks here or on any of the other regular LP releases. Just Fresh Cream exactly as it was created and meant to be heard.


Vol 1-2 ZIPPY    Vol 2 YANDEX




Like A Bearded Rainbow 03 - Disraeli Gears 1967 (SHM Mono and Stereo) (1:06)

1 Strange Brew (Mono) 2:48
2 Sunshine Of Your Love (Mono) 4:12
3 World Of Pain (Mono) 3:07
4 Dance The Night Away (Mono) 3:35
5 Blue Condition (Mono) 3:31
6 Tales Of Brave Ulysses (Mono) 2:52
7 SWLABR (Mono) 2:33
8 We're Going Wrong (Mono) 3:28
9 Outside Women Blues (Mono) 2:26
10 Take It Back (Mono) 3:08
11 Mother's Lament (Mono) 1:49
12 Strange Brew (Stereo) 2:48
13 Sunshine Of Your Love (Stereo) 4:12
14 World Of Pain (Stereo) 3:03
15 Dance The Night Away (Stereo) 3:35
16 Blue Condition (Stereo) 3:31
17 Tales Of Brave Ulysses (Stereo) 2:48
18 SWLABR (Stereo) 2:33
19 We're Going Wrong (Stereo) 3:28
20 Outside Women Blues (Stereo) 2:26
21 Take It Back (Stereo) 3:07
22 Mother's Lament (Stereo) 1:48

Once again from a recently remastered SHM and IMO the best sounding version of this classic album. Once again, the mono is moved to the front and any bonus tracks are adios amigos.


Vol 3 YANDEX




Like A Bearded Rainbow 04 - Whiskey Au-Go-Go 4 Sept 1967 (1:43) 
1 (Opening Music) [1st Set] 1:51
2 NSU [1st Set] 8:21
3 Tales Of Brave Ulysses [1st Set] 4:52
4 Sitting On Top Of The World [1st Set] 4:59
5 Sweet Wine [1st Set] 10:48
6 Rollin' And Tumblin' [1st Set] 5:00
7 (opening music) [2nd Set] 0:37
8 Spoonful [2nd Set] 13:38
9 Sunshine Of Your Love [2nd Set] 5:51
10 Sleepy Time Time [2nd Set] 7:27
11 Steppin' Out [2nd Set] 10:35
12 Train Time [2nd Set] 7:45
13 Toad [2nd Set] 10:35
14 I'm So Glad [2nd Set] 10:35

A complete and
 for its age a good  recording. I did a lot of research including listening to other early live Cream shows. This is the one. Nicely recorded and they are in pretty good form, trying to break into the USA. Their next visit to the USA is going to be a much different story!
Vol 3-4 ZIPPY    Vol 4 YANDEX




Like A Bearded Rainbow 05 - Wheels Of Fire 1968 (SHM) (1:21)
1 White Room 5:03
2 Sitting On Top Of The World 5:02
3 Passing The Time 4:34
4 As You Said 4:25
5 Pressed Rat And Warthog 3:17
6 Politician 4:16
7 Those Where The Days 2:58
8 Born Under A Bad Sign 3:14
9 Deserted Cities Of The Heart 3:44
10 Crossroads (Live) 4:19
11 Spoonful (Live) 16:48
12 Traintime (Live) 7:03
13 Toad (Live) 16:17

Their first number one album, in fact, this what most of us were listening to nonstop 50 years ago. This is once again the 2014 Japanese SHM version which I believe has the best sound.

Vol 5 YANDEX




Like A Bearded Rainbow 06 - San Francisco March 1968 (2:07)
1 Tales Of Brave Ulysses [10 March 1968 Winterland San Francisco] 4:47
2 Xx Spoonful [10 March 1968 Winterland San Francisco] 16:40
3 Xx Crossroads [10 March 1968 Winterland San Francisco] 4:24
4 We're Going Wrong [3 March 1968 Winterland San Francisco] 6:33
5 Sweet Wine [10 March 1968 Winterland San Francisco] 15:19
6 Sleepy Time Time [9 March 1968 Winterland San Francisco] 6:53
7 Sunshine Of Your Love [Live 9 March 1968 Winterland San Francisco] 7:26
8 Rollin' And Tumblin' [7 March 1968 The Fillmore San Francisco] 6:45
9 N.S.U. [10 March 1968 Winterland San Francisco] 10:15
10 Steppin' Out [10 March 1968 Winterland San Francisco] 13:39
11 Xx Traintime [8 March 1968 Winterland San Francisco] 7:03
12 Toad [7 & 8 March 1968 Fillmore West San Francisco] [Extended Version] 17:39
13 I'm So Glad [15 October 1967 Grande Ballroom Detroit] 9:38

The bulk of these were taken from 192/24 HD conversions of Live Cream and Live Cream 2. If you see "XX", it means that I had no choice but to use Wheels of Fire tracks, but I used the remixes from the Those Were The Days Box set. Other versions either sounded bad or were not Cream at their best. This is sequenced to present a typical Cream concert from this tour.   I'm So Glad is from October, because I couldn't find a listenable version from March!

Vol 5-6 ZIPPY    Vol 6 YANDEX


 

Like A Bearded Rainbow 07 - Goodbye (SHM) + Best Of Cream 1969 (1:06)
1 I'm So Glad (Live) 9:13
2 Politician (Live) 6:21
3 Sitting On Top Of The World (Live) 5:05
4 Badge 2:48
5 Doing That Scrapyard Thing 3:19
6 What A Bringdown 3:58
7 Sunshine Of Your Love (Dennis Drake Remaster) 4:13
8 Badge (Dennis Drake Remaster) 2:48
9 Crossroads (Live) (Dennis Drake Remaster) 4:14
10 White Broom (Single Edit) (Dennis Drake Remaster) 3:09
11 SWLABR (Dennis Drake Remaster) 2:35
12 Born Under A Bad Sign (Dennis Drake Remaster) 3:14
13 Spoonful (Dennis Drake Remaster) 6:34
14 Tales Of Brave Ulysses (Dennis Drake Remaster) 2:50
15 Strange Brew (Dennis Drake Remaster) 2:50
16 I Feel Free (Dennis Drake Remaster) 2:53

This finishes their albums and I give a nod to the first Cream LP I ever owned (Best Of) and also to Dennis Drake who seems to be much loved by audiophiles for his '80s and '90s remasters. Personally, I'm ambivalent about his work. Remember EC's 1988 Crossroads boxset and Cream's Those Were The Days? That's 
 Dennis Drake! Oddly, Best Of Cream has never seen a CD/Digital release, so I decided that it'd fit just fine here and I also thought that others would have fond memories of the LP as I did. Goodbye uses, as with the other original LPs, the 2014 Japanese SHM remaster.

Vol 7 YANDEX




Like A Bearded Rainbow 08 - Farewell Tour Oct 1968 (1:25)
1 White Room (Live 4 October 1968 Oakland Coliseum) 5:41
2 Politician (Live 4 October 1968 Oakland Coliseum) 5:09
3 Sunshine Of Your Love (Live 4 October 1968 Oakland Coliseum) 5:28
4 Crossroads [Live 20 October 1968 San Diego] 4:03
5 Spoonful [Live 19 October 1968 The Forum Inglewood] 17:26
6 Deserted Cities Of The Heart (Live 4 October 1968 Oakland Coliseum) 4:34
7 Passing The Time (Live 4 October 1968 Oakland Coliseum) 10:48
8 I'm So Glad [Live 19 October 1968 The Forum Inglewood] 6:32
9 Traintime [Live 19 October 1968 The Forum Inglewood] 7:55
10 Sitting On Top Of The World [Live 20 October 1968 San Diego] 5:05
11 Toad [Live 19 October 1968 The Forum Inglewood] 12:52

Here's the hat-trick of including one version of every song performed at the three California dates that were recorded for the Goodbye LP. This time though, there are no duplicate performances from Goodbye. The sound of the set is really nice, with tracks taken from Live Cream 2 (HD 192/24), A Life In 12 Bars, Those Were The Days and some boots. This is sequenced, like volume 6, to represent a typical show at the time. The only exception is Passing The Time which is the other song Baker would use for his drum solo. The performances on that track are a bit rougher, but the song wasn't played very often. Had to include it for that reason!


Vol 7-8 ZIPPY    Vol 8 YANDEX


  
  
  
  


Like A Bearded Rainbow 09 - Singles & EPs (1:23)
1 Wrapping Paper [UK Mono Single] [10-66] 2:29
2 Cat's Squirrel [UK Mono B-Side] [10-66] 3:01
3 I Feel Free [UK/US Mono Single] [12-66] 2:50
4 N.S.U. [UK/US Mono B-Side] [12-66] 2:46
5 Strange Brew (UK/US Mono) [6-67] 2:52
6 Tales Of Brave Ulysses (UK/US Mono) [6-67] 2:53
7 Spoonful Part I [US Mono Single] [9-67] 2:26
8 Spoonful Part II [US Mono B-Side] [9-67] 2:32
9 Sunshine Of Your Love [US Mono Single] [9-67] 3:05
10 SWLABR [US Mono B-Side] [12-67] 2:36
11 Anyone For Tennis (The Savage Seven Theme) [CSG Stereo UK/US Single] [4-68] 2:42
12 Pressed Rat And Warthog [CSG Stereo UK/US B-Side] [4-68] 3:17
13 White Room [Stereo US Single Edit] [9-68] 3:09
14 Those Where The Days [Stereo UK/US B-Side] [9-68] 2:58
15 Crossroads [Stereo US Single] [1-69] 4:14
16 Passing The Time [Stereo US Single] [1-69] 4:34
17 Badge [Stereo UK/US Single] [3-69] 2:48
18 What A Bringdown [Stereo UK/US B-Side] [3-69] 3:58
19 Lawdy Mama [Stereo US Single] [7-70] 2:48
20 Sweet Wine [Stereo US B-Side] [7-70] 3:18
21 Wrapping Paper [French EP Polydor 27 791] [11-66] 2:25
22 Sweet Wine [French EP Polydor 27 791] [11-66] 3:19
23 I'm So Glad [French EP Polydor 27 791] [11-66] 3:58
24 Cat's Squirrel [French EP Polydor 27 791] [11-66] 3:02
25 I Feel Free [French EP Polydor 27 798 Alt. Mix] [11-66] 2:48
26 Rollin' And Tumblin' [French EP Polydor 27 798 Alt. Mix] [11-66] 1:51
27 N.S.U. [French EP Polydor 27 798] [11-66] 2:45
28 Four Until Late [French EP Polydor 27 798] [11-66] 2:07

Here are their complete singles mostly all in their original mixes. I say "mostly because by the time of Wheels Of Fire, the CSG process began to be used, which is stereo mastered partly out of phase so if you bought a "stereo mono compatible" record, it will play in (folded down) mono or in (kinda fucked up) stereo. Few complained about it at the time, but these days those folks at the Steve Hoffman Forum are screaming the loudest. Add to that by 1968 if there was a mono mix, like on "White Room" or "Crossroads", by all reports (and my ears if I could find it) these are fold downs. So for that reason, I've had no choice but to offer stereo mixes of the 1968 and later singles. But you're not really missing much. At the end are French EPs that have unique mono mixes. All tracks are individually tagged with its own label or cover art.


Vol 9 ZIPPY    YANDEX




Like A Bearded Rainbow 10 - Demos. Alternates, Remixes (2:58)

1 The Coffee Song [Session Recording] (Early August, 1966. Chalk Farm Studios) 2:56
2 The Coffee Song (Early Version) (Early August, 1966. Chalk Farm Studios) 2:54
3 The Coffee Song (Stereo Master) (Early August, 1966. Chalk Farm Studios) 2:49
4 The Coffee Song (2017 Stereo Mix) (Early August, 1966. Chalk Farm Studios) 3:07
5 Beauty Queen (Session Outtake) (Early August, 1966. Chalk Farm Studios) 2:38
6 You Make Me Feel (Take 1/Rehearsal) (Early August, 1966. Chalk Farm Studios) 2:42
7 Wrapping Paper (Take 1/Rehearsal) (Late August, 1966. Chalk Farm Studios) 1:06
8 Wrapping Paper (Stereo Master) (Late August, 1966. Chalk Farm Studios) 2:26
9 Wrapping Paper (2017 Stereo Mix) (Late August, 1966. Chalk Farm Studios) 2:43
10 Cat's Squirrel (Take 1/Rehearsal) (Early September, 1966. Ryemuse Studios) 2:28
11 I Feel Free (Rehearsal ) (Early September, 1966. Ryemuse Studios) 3:09
12 I Feel Free (Basic Track) (Early September, 1966. Ryemuse Studios) 2:52
13 I Feel Free (Alternate Mono Mix) (Early September, 1966. Ryemuse Studios) 2:51
14 N.S.U. (2017 Stereo Mix) (Early September, 1966. Ryemuse Studios) 2:48
15 Sweet Wine (Take 1) (Mid October, 1966 Ryemuse Studios) 3:58
16 Sweet Wine (Take 2) (Mid October, 1966 Ryemuse Studios) 3:08
17 Rollin' and Tumblin' (Take 1) (Early November, 1966 Ryemuse Studios) 4:36
18 Rollin' And Tumblin' (First Version 2017 Stereo Mix) (Early November, 1966 Ryemuse Studios) 4:53
19 Toad (Rehearsal) (Early November, 1966 Ryemuse Studios) 4:20
20 Toad (2017 Stereo Mix) (Early November, 1966 Ryemuse Studios) 5:12
21 I'm So Glad (Incomplete Master) (Early December, 1966. Ryemuse Studios) 3:54
22 I'm So Glad (2017 Stereo Mix) (Early December, 1966. Ryemuse Studios) 3:59
23 Spoonful (First Version 2017 Stereo Mix) (Early December, 1966. Ryemuse Studios) 5:57
24 Sleepy Time Time (Fresh Cream Acetate Mix December 08, 1966) 4:16
25 Sweet Wine (Fresh Cream Acetate Mix December 08, 1966) 3:16
26 I'm So Glad (Fresh Cream Acetate Mix December 08, 1966) 3:54
27 Wrapping Paper (Fresh Cream Acetate Mix December 08, 1966) 2:24
28 Four Until Late (Fresh Cream Acetate Mix December 08, 1966) 2:05
29 Cat's Squirrel (Fresh Cream Acetate Mix December 08, 1966) 3:00
30 We're Going Wrong (Demo) (March 15 1967, Ryemuse Studios) 3:50
31 Hey Now Princess (Reheasrsal 1) (March 15 1967, Ryemuse Studios) 1:44
32 Hey Now Princess (Reheasrsal 2) (March 15 1967, Ryemuse Studios) 0:25
33 Hey Now Princess (Demo) (March 15 1967, Ryemuse Studios) 3:33
34 SWLABR (Rehearsal 1) (March 15 1967, Ryemuse Studios) 4:19
35 SWLABR (Rehearsal 2) (March 15 1967, Ryemuse Studios) 1:22
36 SWLABR (Rehearsal 3) (March 15 1967, Ryemuse Studios) 3:39
37 SWLABR (Demo) (March 15 1967, Ryemuse Studios) 4:34
38 Weird Of Hermiston (Rehearsal) (March 15 1967, Ryemuse Studios) 5:07
39 Weird Of Hermiston (Demo) (March 15 1967, Ryemuse Studios) 3:15
40 The Clearout (Rehearsal) (March 15 1967, Ryemuse Studios) 1:15
41 The Clearout (Demo) (March 15 1967, Ryemuse Studios) 3:56
42 Take It Back (Rehearsal) (March 15 1967, Ryemuse Studios) 5:09
43 Take It Back (Demo) (March 15 1967, Ryemuse Studios) 3:24
44 Blue Condition (Rehearsal) (March 15 1967, Ryemuse Studios) 5:18
45 Blue Condition (Eric Vocal Version) (Mono) (March 15 1967, Ryemuse Studios) 3:13
46 Blue Condition (Eric Vocal Version) (Stereo) (March 15 1967, Ryemuse Studios) 3:12
47 Lawdy Mama (Version 1) (Mono) (3 April 1967. Atlantic Studios, New York) 2:04
48 Lawdy Mama (Version 2 Stereo) (3 April 1967. Atlantic Studios, New York) 2:50
49 White Room (Altermate) (early August 1967. IBC Studios, London) 4:25
50 Falstuff Beer Commercial (take 1) (Early August 1967. IBC Studios, London) 1:26
51 Falstuff Beer Commercial )Take 2) (Early August 1967. IBC Studios, London) 1:02
52 Falstaff Beer Commercial (With Voiceover) (Early August 1967. IBC Studios, London) 1:01
53 Pressed Rat and Warthog (O'dubbs/1st Master) (12-15th, 24th December 1967. Atlantic Studios, New York) 3:15
54 Anyone For Tennis (O'dubbs/1st Master) (12-15th, 24th December 1967. Atlantic Studios, New York) 2:38
55 Passing the Time (O'dubbs/Mixing/Master) (Mid June 1968. Atlantic Studios, New York) 5:45

Volume 10 is your one-stop-shop of everything that doesn't elsewhere. Every known studio outtake, alternate mix, and variation that exists is presented here in chronological order. "The Coffee Song" was released commercially in the late '80s (if I remember correctly) but is found here because it doesn't fit anywhere else. The irony is that it actually sounds like belongs here. It IS an outtake that was added to a greatest hits collection. At three hours long, this is by far the longest volume and I consider it to be the volume you need to have, but not the one you need to listen to. However, rest assured multiple versions of each track I had were compared to give the best sounding version.


Vol 10 ZIPPY    YANDEX




Like A Bearded Rainbow 11 - On The Radio (2:09)
1 Sweet Wine (1966-11-08) 3:31
2 Interview (1966-11-08) 0:49
3 Wrapping Paper (1966-11-08) 2:39
4 Rollin' And Tumblin' (1966-11-08) 3:04
5 Steppin' Out (1966-11-08) 1:51
6 Sleepy Time Time (1966-11-08) 3:17
7 I'm So Glad (1966-11-08) 3:14
8 Crossroads (1966-11-28) 1:55
9 Steppin' Out (1966-11-28) 2:34
10 Cat's Squirrel (1966-12-09) 3:43
11 Traintime (1966-12-09) 2:56
12 Hey Lawdy Mama (1966-12-09) 1:53
13 I'm So Glad (1966-12-09) 4:16
14 Interview (1967-01-10) 0:48
15 I Feel Free (1967-01-10) 2:54
16 Four Until Late (1967-01-10) 1:59
17 N.S.U. (1967-01-10) 3:00
18 Traintime (1967-01-10) 3:21
19 Toad (1967-01-10) 2:41
20 N.S.U. (1967-03-07) [SWEDISH RADIO CONCERT] 4:21
21 Steppin' Out (1967-03-07) [SWEDISH RADIO CONCERT] 3:58
22 Traintime (1967-03-07) [SWEDISH RADIO CONCERT] 5:52
23 Toad (1967-03-07) [SWEDISH RADIO CONCERT] 7:34
24 I'm So Glad (1967-03-07) [SWEDISH RADIO CONCERT] 5:15
25 Take It Back (1967-03-20) 3:09
26 Strange Brew (1967-05-30) 3:05
27 Interview (1967-05-30) 0:45
28 Tales Of Brave Ulysses (1967-05-30) 3:01
29 We're Going Wrong (1967-05-30) 3:30
30 Tales Of Brave Ulysses (1967-07-14) (AMBIENT BBC RECORDING) 3:03
31 Take It Back (1967-10-24) 2:20
32 Outside Woman Blues (1967-10-24) 3:18
33 Interview (1967-10-24) 0:42
34 Born Under A Bad Sign (1967-10-24) 3:05
35 Sunshine Of Your Love (1967-10-24) 4:23
36 Politician (1968-01-09) 4:04
37 SWLABR (1968-01-09) 2:42
38 Steppin' Out (1968-01-09) 3:42
39 We're Going Wrong (1968-01-09) 3:56
40 Blue Condition (1968-01-09) 3:02
41 Sunshine Of Your Love (1968-05 The Glen Campbell Show CBS] 4:40

Every known broadcast presented in chronological order. I mixed the BBC Transcription discs (better quality) with tracks where only off-air (home-taped) exist. To my ears, they play just fine. I like hearing the whole show. A highlight is the Swedish Radio Concert. Great performances and sound.

Vol 11 ZIPPY    YANDEX




Like A Bearded Rainbow 12 - Session Men 1967-71 (2:05)

1 Donovan Someone's Singing (Bruce) [1967] 3:05
2 Aretha Franklin Good to Me as I Am to You (Clapton) [12-67] 3:56
3 George Harrison Ski-ing (Clapton) [1-68] 1:51
4 Jackie Lomax Sour Milk Sea (Clapton) [6-68] 3:58
5 The Beatles While My Guitar Gently Weeps (2018 Mix) (Clapton) [11-68] 4:45
6 The Scaffold Lily The Pink (Bruce) [10-68] 4:26
7 Jimi Hendrix I Just Wanna Make Love To You (Jack Bruce) {10-68] 4:29
8 Martha Velez Feel So Bad (Clapton/Bruce) [1969] 5:14
9 Billy Preston That's The Way God Planned It (Clapton/Baker) [6-69] 5:44
10 George Harrison I Remember Jeep (Clapton/Baker) [6-69] 8:09
11 The Plastic Ono Band Yer Blues (Live Peace in Toronto) (Clapton) [9-69] 3:40
12 Plastic Ono Band Cold Turkey (Clapton) [10-69) 5:04
13 Rick Gretch Spending All My Days (Clapton) (10-69) 3:03
14 Delaney & Bonnie Comin' Home (Clapton) [11-69] 3:14
15 Leon Russell Prince Of Peace (Clapton) [11-69] 3:08
16 Doris Troy Ain't That Cute (Clapton) [12-69] 3:53
17 Vivian Stanshall & The Sean Head Showband Labio-dental Fricative (Clapton) [12-69] 3:09
18 The Tony Williams Lifetime Right On (Unedited Version) (Bruce) [1-70] 8:05
19 Shawn Phillips Man Hole Covered Wagon (Clapton) [1970] 4:35
20 Ashton, Gardner & Dyke I'm Your Spiritual Breadman (Clapton) [4-70] 3:23
21 Jonathan Kelly Don't You Believe It? (Clapton) [4-70] 2:33
22 George Harrison Beware Of Darkness (Clapton) [5-70] 3:51
23 George Harrison Art Of Dying (Clapton) [5-70] 3:42
24 Stephen Stills Fishes And Scorpions (Clapton) [6-70] 3:17
25 Howlin' Wolf Sittin' On Top Of The World (Clapton) [7-70] 3:53
26 John Mayall Prisons on the Road (Clapton) [11-70] 4:18
27 Buddy Guy & Junior Wells T-Bone Shuffle (Clapton) [12-70] 4:19
28 Carla Bley & Paul Haines Rawalpindi Blues (Edit) (Bruce) [1970?] 5:24
29 Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa '70 with Ginger Baker Let's Start (Baker) [1971} 6:56

A distillation of Baker's, Bruce's and Clapton's best session work during and after Cream. A lot of effort went into this, and frankly, I'm very pleased with the way it turned out. The first version of this ran over four hours and with hours of listening and soul-searching, I was able to take it down to two. Every track here has a reason to be here, and I believe many who listen to this will be pleasantly surprised and happy to discover some of the gems hidden in this set.

Vol 12 ZIPPY   YANDEX




Like A Bearded Rainbow 13 - Post Cream Recordings (1:33) 
1 Eric Clapton Blues Power [3-70] 3:11
2 Jack Bruce Theme from an Imaginary Western [9-69] 3:31
3 Ginger Baker's Airforce Let Me Ride [10-70] 4:24
4 Derek & The Dominos Roll It Over (Single Version) [7-70] 4:30
5 Blind Faith Well All Right [8-69] 4:27
6 Jack Bruce The Clearout [9-69] 2:38
7 Eric Clapton & Duane Allman Mean Old World [9-70] 3:51
8 Jack Bruce Never Tell Your Mother She's Out of Tune [9-69] 3:43
9 Ginger Baker Blood Brothers [1971] 6:57
10 Blind Faith Sleeping In The Ground [6-69] 2:52
11 Derek & The Dominos Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out [9-70] 5:05
12 Jack Bruce Rope Ladder To The Moon [9-69] 2:54
13 Eric Clapton After Midnight [3-70] 2:53
14 Jack Bruce Weird Of Hermiston [9-69] 2:23
15 Blind Faith Presence Of The Lord [8-69] 4:51
16 Derek & The Dominos Layla (US Single Edit) [9-70] 2:45
17 Ginger Baker Something Nice [1971] 4:20
18 Eric Clapton She Rides [3-70] 5:09
19 Jack Bruce Things We Like [8-68] 3:38
20 Blind Faith Do What You Like [6-69] 15:23
21 Ginger Baker's Airforce Man Of Constant Sorrow [3-70] 3:35

This is some of the most Cream-ish and added in some of the best of their official post Cream work. With this volume, sequencing it chronologically won't cut it. So this was made as if it were a quasi-White Album. A couple of surprises and rarities are included to keep it all interesting. I really tried to keep it all fairly balanced between the three former members. Along with Volume 12, this is my personal favorite volume. I hope you give it a listen all the way through.

Volume 13 ZIPPY   YANDEX

So there we have it! Your comments both positive and otherwise are welcome. I forgot to say this directly, but as I was putting this together, I threw out the 80 minute-per-disc rule. Each volume took as long as it needed to take, but everything here, as I said earlier, is here for a reason. My goal was to present a complete exploration of their work and for each volume to stand alone and be enjoyable as both a listening experience and as an archival piece.

31 comments:

Puffinrandy said...

Wow BF, this looks amazing a big thanks from the mid pacific.

Psychfan said...

It's hard to see how a Cream box set could be done any better. Thanks!

Art Ducko said...

Thanks for making this available again.

alienlanes said...

What an amazing collection - a true labour of love. The sound quality is fantastic. Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

BF,

You are truly one of rock and roll's greatest archivists. You should be working for the record companies. Your knowledge and vision of completeness is stellar.

Long Island Steve

Anonymous said...

thanks ... left a couple of comments but they seem not to post when I use "name"

stixNstones

Anonymous said...

thanks ..... really great stuff.

Anonymous said...

wow

lemonflag said...

Thanks, this is above and beyond.

I too am anonymous. said...

Thanks I look forward to getting out the jam and scones to go with this!

Racati said...

I'm discovering your blog.
Great work, fantastic!
Greetings.

tsi&hrjs said...

Absolutely great! Looks like a labor or love that should stand the test of time. Looking forward to more of your work. Thank you very much!
tsi&hrjs

zipper said...

Wow!! I mean just Wow! This is a fabulous collection and you should be justly proud of this labour of love. Many thanks for making it available.

Silvio said...

Spectacular...I wonder what your next post will be...thank you...

Silvio

Royboy said...

Thanks for all this work - Best of Cream was the first LP I bought in 1969 with pocket money from school holiday job. I'd fallen in love with the LP cover (not the corny one with vegetables one but the Aussie version with the guys on the stairs with the mirror background) earlier when a fellow schoolmate brought it to class - hadn't heard the music inside but those guys looked so cool I had to have it. Little did I know the music was so good inside that it fired my last 60 years interest in rock music.

Rhodb said...

Sen bloody sational

What great work

Appreciate the time and effort

Bob Mac said...

Superb job you've done here, many thanks.

VILASMORA said...

SUPERB!!!

Anonymous said...

I am anxious to hearing these. Cream is one of my favoritrs since 1970 when I was 15. Swell job. Thx. Cri

LonChes said...

Great post!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks ,,,I am overwhelmed .....fan tas tic

Danny said...

Totally splendid post whit Cream,much appreciated.
Cheers Danny.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the new Zippy links, but it seems there are no new links for Vols. 1-2. Could you possibly repair that? Thank you for your outstanding efforts!

BlankFrank said...

@Anon, links for one and two are fixed. Thanks for pointing it out

Len said...

Fantastic work as always....Thank You!!! Maybe in the future a Buffalo Springfield Mono Singles Collection would be wonderful!!

Franz said...

Please, put the file in YAdi…. thanks

BlankFrank said...

@ Franz Yandex added!

Leigh said...

Thank you! Just what's needed these days when we're stuck at home due to the virus....sorry neighbours!!!

LT said...

I cracked a smile at the phrase about Wheels of Fire--"what most of us were listening to nonstop 50 years ago"--true enough, and I still have that Atco double LP with its Gold Record RIAA sticker that I listened to in my bedroom while maybe doing my homework. Listening to your wonderful upload right now, casting from my laptop to the big speakers across the living room. Sounds magnificent. It's all coming back. Especially looking forward to that long "Spoonful" which was my favorite cut. Thank you very much for the unimaginable amount of work that went into these uploads and your blog. I just found it...just scratching the surface. Many thanks.

Mintypinto said...

Hi there.
A fantastic labour of love.
A real shame that the Winterland March 10th tapes went up in flames in the warehouse fire 10 years ago or so. 'Stepping' Out' and I'm pretty sure 'SOYL'come from that show. What else did we miss as no audience tapes have ever surfaced other than mis dated ones?
I live in hope that they will turn up some day.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Outstanding work!