Polydor publish Cream’s ‘Wheels of Fire,’ a double album featuring ‘White Room’ and ‘Crossroads’ (1968)

Cream’s ‘Wheels of Fire’ is a double (a studio and a live) album produced by Felix Pappalardi and released in July 1968 by Polydor Atco.

Track Listing : 1.White Room (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown) – 04:58 . 2.Sitting On Top Of The World (Walter Vinson, Lonnie Chatmon, Chester Burnett) – 04:58 . 3.Passing The Time (Ginger Baker, Mike Taylor) – 04:37 . 4.As You Said (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown) – 04:20 . 5.Pressed Rat And Warthog (Ginger Baker, Mike Taylor) – 03:13 . 6.Politician (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown) – 04:12 . 7.Those Were The Days (Ginger Baker, Mike Taylor) – 02:53 . 8.Born Under A Bad Sign (Booker T. Jones, William Bell) – 03:09 . 9.Deserted Cities Of The Heart (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown) – 03:38 . 10.Crossroads (Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton) – 04:13 . 11.Spoonful (Willie Dixon) – 16:43 . 12.Traintime (Jack Bruce) – 07:01 . 13.Toad (Ginger Baker) – 16:15


Martin Sharp

Musicians : Jack Bruce – Vocals, Lead Vocals, Bass, Cello, Harmonica, Calliope, Acoustic Guitar, Recorder . Ginger Baker – Drums, Percussion, Bells, Glockenspiel, Timpani, Spoken Word On (5) . Eric Clapton – Guitar, Vocals . Felix Pappalardi – Viola, Bells, Organ, Trumpet, Tonette


Jim Marshall

Production : Produced By Felix Pappalardi Tom Dowd – Engineer . Adrian Barber – Engineer

Package : Martin Sharp asterisques RVM – Art . Jim Marshall asterisques RVM – Photography

Recorded July, August 1967 At Ibc Studios, London; September – October 1967, January – February, June 1968 At Atlantic Studios, New York; 8 And 10 March 1968 At Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California; 7 March 1968 At The Fillmore, San Francisco.

Released In July 1968 By .

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In short, there are missteps, like the idiotic Pressed Rat & Warthog and Toad that probably ascend to the level of really bad and even annoying. But that is not enough to keep this album from being what it is, which is a masterpiece and an essential album. […]

Sputnikmusic.com
Overall, I think this album deserves a 3.3/5 but I guess it all depends on if you can take all the improvisation on the live disc without getting bored. Also, a few of the earlier tracks bring the album down quite a bit. […]

Rolling Stone
What makes “Politician” the most successful is that, although it is not a song of much merit, they don’t muddy it with a lot of meaningless studio garbage, but use the studio to overdub two more guitar parts. In “Those Were the Days,” half of it is studio garbage and the other half is the driving drum-bass-guitar combination. […]

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