Fresh Cream

Fresh Cream

Infobox Album |
Name = Fresh Cream
Type = Album
Artist = Cream

Released = December 9th 1966
Recorded = July - October 1966 at Rayrik Studios in London, Ryemuse Studios in London
Genre = Blues-rock
Length = 40:52
Label = Reaction Records (UK), Polydor (Eur) Atco (US)
Producer = Robert Stigwood
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|4|5 [ link]
Last album =
This album = "Fresh Cream"
Next album = "Disraeli Gears"
Misc = Extra chronology 2
Artist = Eric Clapton
Type = studio album
Last album = "Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton" with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers
This album = "Fresh Cream"
Next album = "Disraeli Gears"

"Fresh Cream" is Cream's December 1966 debut album. It was the first LP release of producer Robert Stigwood's new "Independent" Reaction Records label. It reached number 6 in the UK and - eventually - number 39 in the US. The British version omitted "I Feel Free" (then their current single), while the US version contained it, though it dropped "Spoonful". The CD re-issue of 2000 preserves both songs in the album's running order.

Track listing

# "I Feel Free" (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown) – 2:51
# "N.S.U." (Bruce) – 2:43
# "Sleepy Time Time" (Bruce, Janet Godfrey) – 4:20
# "Dreaming" (Bruce) – 1:58
# "Sweet Wine" (Ginger Baker, Godfrey) – 3:17
# "Spoonful" (Willie Dixon) – 6:30
# "Cat's Squirrel" (Traditional, arr. S. Splurge) – 3:03
# "Four Until Late" (Robert Johnson, arr. Eric Clapton) – 2:07
# "Rollin' and Tumblin'" (Muddy Waters) – 4:42
# "I'm So Glad" (Skip James) – 3:57
# "Toad" (Baker) – 5:11


*Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
*Jack Bruce - bass, harmonica, lead vocals
*Ginger Baker - drums, percussion, vocals


Album - Billboard (North America)

Singles - Billboard (North America)


*The track title N.S.U. is an acronym for "Non-Specific Urethritis". [ cite web |url= |title=N.S.U. |work=Allmusic |first=Richie |last=Unterberger |accessdate=2008-02-05 ]
*Some CD releases also include two extra tracks, "The Coffee Song" and "Wrapping Paper". This was released as a single in the UK.
*The original UK. LP omitted "I Feel Free," and included "Spoonful," while the original Atco U.S. LP omitted "Spoonful" and included "I Feel Free" (The U.S. reissue on RSO flip-flopped the two tracks to coincide with the original UK release). On subsequent CD releases, both songs appear on the album.
*There was also a Sweden only 1966 12-track release, as UK but adding "The Coffee Song" and "Wrapping Paper". Both vinyl and cover were made in Germany and exported for the Swedish market only - the German original had the same 10 tracks as UK. The group hated "Coffee Song" and didn't want it issued at all, but a mono version was mixed and coupled with "Wrapping Paper" as a single. There were no plans at this stage to release it in stereo, so for the Swedish issue a crude stereo mix was used. This was made during the sessions in early August 1966 for instructive purpose - the whole track as basic mono is mixed far right and a solo guitar overdub far left. Never intended for release this mix was soon lost and for later stereo issues a new one was made.

The front cover and record no. (623 031) are the same as the German issue, but three different back covers exist. Listing the correct 12 tracks, listing 10 tracks and one where the 12 track listing has been "glued" over the 10 track listing.

*Track listing on record.
# "N.S.U"
# "Sleepy Time Time"
# "Dreaming"
# "Sweet Wine"
# "Spoonful"
# "Wrapping Paper"
# "Cat's Squirrel"
# "Four Until Late"
# "The Coffee Song"
# "Rollin´and Tumblin´"
# "I´m So Glad"
# "Toad"

ee also

* 1966 in music


External links

* [ Lyrics to "Fresh Cream"]

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