Cream
Gold


4.0
excellent

Review

by Bron-Yr-Aur USER (39 Reviews)
April 18th, 2006 | 18 replies | 3,883 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

I am getting very tired of Greatest Hits compilations, especially with Cream. Every time I turn around, another one's on the record rack. Some are great. Others suck (20th Century Masters...), and some are simply there. I was a little hesitant to bother with this, the latest of Creams' post-humous releases, but soon found that my fears and musings were baseless.
Quite simply, "Gold" delivers the goods in nearly every concievable way. "I Feel Free" may take time to grow on you, but once it does it grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go. The album continues in this vein, delivering some good ("N.S.U"), and some bad ("Sweet Wine") until we stumble across a song entitled "Sunshine Of Your Love". At first I found the song boring, but after learning the guitar solo, I feel it deserves all the credit in the world, if not just for Clapton and his subtle genius.

"World Of Pain" begins with a rather boring intro with frankly stupid lyrics. "Outside my window, is a tree." But don't skip it yet my friend, for by the time Ginger Baker comes in on drums it's apparent just how groovin' this number is. Clapton also makes great use of wah on the guitar, for neither the first nor last time. I was starting to enjoy this album quite a bit actually, though I wasn't sure if this would be an album I'd listen to again. And then came "Tales Of Brave Ulysses". This song is seriously incredible. Everyone on the band is flying, and While Mr. Bruce isn't pounding out a particularly complicated bass pattern, it does contribute greatly to the melody and feel.
Mr. Clapton then delivers a mind melting solo, and if you combine this with excellent lyrics, you've got yourself one hell of a song. "Swlabr" is next, and it's just weird. The lyrics are obviously referring to acid, and even the chord progression screams, "Psychedelic!". However, once again there's gold in them thar hills, and upon deeper inspection I've found it to be a really soulful and catchy track.
After glossing over the unusually dull "We're Going Wrong", I come across a little song called "White Room". Man does this song kick some ass. Great drumming, varied singing, and suave guitar playing makes for a truly phenomonal listen. Shivers down the spine and all. The album carries on with some of the oddest compositions Cream ever made. "Passing The Time" begins with weird Indian chanting, before melting into what almost sounds like a lullaby. Just as your getting nestled in to the fantasty-esque melody, It erupts into a groove where Jack continuosly shouts "Passing The Time!" over and over. Pretty cool I guess. Amusing if nothing else.
And on the album goes, giving us some rocking songs such as "Deserted Cities Of The Heart". It also contibutes some straight blues covers, such as "Born Under A Bad Sign". I've never found these covers to be particularly interesting, but they do have style. The last songs Cream ever recorded, "Badge", "Doing That Scrapyard Thing", and "What A Bringdown" hold up remarkebly well, and all are very catchy in their own unique way, and are featured on the "Goodbye" album.

The live disc is somewhat disappointing, as it is not Cream at their best. However, there are still some gems to be found here, such as a lovely "Sunshine Of Your Love" and "Rollin' and Tumblin'". There's also a version of "Crossroads", and it's the same live version on every other compilation album. I'm rather tired of this song actually, but ot does feature some memorable blues work. Interesting if nothing else.

Some of the more familiar Cream fans might think of this as I did, just another Cream compilation. And that's really all it is. But it does have a collection of great songs on one disc, some of which I didn't mention, and is a fantastic way to be introduced to one of the finest ensembles of musicians of the sixties. Not a must have, but it's sure as hell convenient. 4/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Bron-Yr-Aur
April 18th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I am never reviewing a double album again.

Neoteric
April 18th 2006



3243 Comments


paragraphs are your friend

Bron-Yr-Aur
April 18th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really? And here was me thinking they were just as lowly as all other punctuation...

Neoteric
April 18th 2006



3243 Comments


haha, just make a new paragraph for when you take a new line :thumb:

Bron-Yr-Aur
April 18th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

there. Indented and such.

robo2448
April 18th 2006



132 Comments


I don't have this, but it looks like an excellent compilation from the tracklist. I have all of Cream's albums and although Cream is one of my favorite bands, I will admit that their albums all had 1-2 filler songs on there. This compilation is probably everything a n00b to Cream will need.

Zebra
Moderator
April 18th 2006



2647 Comments


I've never been much of a Cream fan. I like some of their stuff from Strange Brew but other then that I've heard nothing.
This review was decent, but try to avoid using words such as awesome, great, or good.

customfrank
April 18th 2006



20 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It can't be golden without "Pressed Rat and Warthog" now can it ?


John Paul Harrison
April 18th 2006



1014 Comments


Mr. Bron-Yr-Aur, 20th Century Masters does not "suck". Some of us were personaly touched by this compilation- and I believe this was indeed your first taste of Cream too, no?

Player hatin'.This Message Edited On 04.18.06

Bron-Yr-Aur
April 18th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes indeed Leo it was my first taste. But it contains only eleven tracks. Including Crossroads, Politician, and Sweet Wine. I do not like any of these songs, and 8 good songs is far from a greatest hits, especially for an artist of Creams' caliber.This Message Edited On 04.18.06

voodooramen
April 19th 2006



14 Comments


I wont argue, but in my opinion Crossroads is one of Cream's biggest highlights.

Good review though.

Bron-Yr-Aur
April 19th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you. I certainly respect it, but I find it to be a boring track.

overdriven101
April 20th 2006



272 Comments


i like cream, i might pick this one up

Jimmy
May 11th 2006



717 Comments


I really hate compilation cd's. I will always go for the whole album as the artist intended it... it's almost always a more enjoyable experience.

Bron-Yr-Aur
May 11th 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

My sentiments exactly. It's still a great album, though.

Bron-Yr-Aur
June 1st 2006



4405 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well, thanks for negging the review without an explanation. You sure are cool.

Rocksta71
June 19th 2006



1023 Comments


Mr. Bron did a good job with the review, I think ill get this one now.

random
January 29th 2012



2243 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This rules.



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