Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Cream - Live Cream Volume II (Live) (1972)


Cream - Live Cream Volume II (Live) (1972)

Tracklist front / back album covers

Side 1
1. "Deserted Cities of the Heart"   4 October 1968, Oakland Coliseum Arena   4:33

2. "White Room"   4 October 1968, Oakland Coliseum Arena   5:40

3. "Politician"   4 October 1968, Oakland Coliseum Arena   5:08

4. "Tales of Brave Ulysses"   10 March 1968, Winterland   4:46

Side 2
5. "Sunshine of Your Love"   9 March 1968, Winterland   7:25

6. "Steppin' Out" (mistitled as "Hideaway" on original LP pressings)   9 March 1968, Winterland   13:38



Cream Band Members / Musicians
Eric Clapton – vocals, guitar
Jack Bruce – vocals, bass, harmonica
Ginger Baker – drums
Felix Pappalardi – producer
Tom Dowd – recording engineer
Bill Halverson – recording engineer
Gene Paul – re-mix engineer
Kevin Brady – re-mix engineer
Jim Marshall – cover photography
Gene Trindl – backliner photography
Stanisław Zagórski – album design

Live Cream Volume II is the 2nd live album by the British rock band Cream, released in March 1972 by Polydor Records (Atco Records in the US). This album contains six tracks recorded at various performances from 9 March to 4 October 1968.

Matthew Greenwald of AllMusic stated that Volume 2 had more songs on it than its predecessor, including two songs whose album versions were released as singles. He also commented on how the sound quality was some of the best at the time. He did not like, however, that there were not as many extended jams as there were on the predecessor and that Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton's singing is not good on "White Room" and "Sunshine of Your Love." Greenwald felt that the live version of "Deserted Cities of the Heart" is better than the studio version.

"Steppin' Out" was used in the dramatic climax of Mean Streets (1973) directed by Martin Scorsese.


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