CREAM - Fresh Cream (1966) [Super Deluxe Edition, 2017]
Fresh Cream is the debut studio album by Cream released in 1966. It was the first LP release of producer Robert Stigwood's new "Independent" Reaction Records label, released in the United Kingdom as both a mono and stereo version on 9 December 1966, the same time as the single release of "I Feel Free". The album was released a month later, in January 1967, in the United States by Atco Records in both mono and stereo versions. For many years, only the UK and U.S. stereo mixes were available in CD. The UK mono album was reissued on CD for the first time in late 2013, as part of a deluxe SHM-CD and SHM-SACD sets (both editions also contain the UK stereo counterpart) sold only in Japan. The album peaked at No. 6 on the UK album chart and No. 39 on the U.S. album chart. In 2003, the album was ranked number 101 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
Included in the Fresh Cream reissue are three CDs featuring mono and stereo mixes of the original album – plus singles from the period, alternate takes and outtakes, early EPs and BBC session recordings. The fourth disc consists of Blu-ray audio versions of the mono and stereo mixes, plus bonus tracks. All told, the set includes nearly 100 tracks, and is fleshed out with a hardback book filled with essays and photos. A six-LP vinyl edition of the set is reportedly on tap for April 2017.
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