February 18, 2010 – 4:00 am

Before heavy metal, there was the power trio - guitar, bass and drums.

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Fruit Of The Poisoned Tree [HiWatt - HDR-40497, 4CDs]

Studio sessions, BBC live and 1993 Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame show. VG+ to Ex SBD stereo/mono? This bootleg was released in 2006.

HiWatt named their Cream box with the mysterious title, Fruit Of The Poisoned Tree, alluding to the Tree Of Life in the Garden of Eden. Here are the “complete” sessions from rock’s first super group’s three albums.

HiWatt have grouped all the takes together but it’s hard to hear any changes from one take to another. Some sound better than others so they must have come from a variety of sources and not a single tape. Probably what’s useful here is that all the hard-to-find takes and rarities, b-sides and singles-only tracks have found home in one box.

The goofy stuff is also included. Check out Disc 3’s La La Song, Singalong and more. According to these tracks feature “Ginger Baker on Spoons/Percussion & vocals, Jack Bruce on Piano & vocals except for 1 on Acoustic Bass, Eric Clapton on Acoustic Guitar & Vocals, Felix Pappalardi on small Tuba & Acoustic Bass. These are very stoned jams probably recorded at Jack or Ginger’s home”. Destined never to be officially released.

You can see the trajectory of the band by playing the discs in order. By the time you reach disc 3 and listen to that stoned session, something was seriously wrong. Quickly go back to disc 1 and play Toad [track 19] and remind yourself of how a “drum solo” can sound this good. When they melded together they were great but personally the trio never related to each other and instead competed with each other. Often the rivalry would damage their performances. The more they toured, the more they realised they were not a working unit.

All three members of Cream would leave with their chemical habits intact. Clapton moved himself closer to the music of The Band, that simple, rural sound. Baker would explore ethnic African rhythms while Bruce started a solo career with a variety of albums anchored by excellent songs. He would later make music in a variety of settings - jazz, avant garde, world music, and the blues.

Cream reformed for a few gigs in 2005 at the Royal Albert Hall in London and then later at Madison Square Gardens in October the same year. Will there be more?

“The thing about that band,” Eric Clapton said in 2006, “was that it was all to do with its limits… it was an experiment”. Poisoned from the start, the fruits have all been harvested.
- The Little Chicken

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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We have removed tracks we think have been officially released. To complete this set, please consider buying the official releases.

Disc 1: The Complete Fresh Cream Sessions
Track 101. Beauty Queen (3.7MB)
Track 102. Coffee Song (3.8MB)
3. Coffee Song [omitted. Released on Cream’s Those Were The Days boxset]
4. You Make Me Feel [omitted. Released on Cream’s Those Were The Days boxset]
Track 105. Wrapping Paper (1.4MB)
6. Wrapping Paper [omitted. Released on Cream’s Those Were The Days boxset]
Track 107. Cat’s Squirrel (4.2MB)
Track 108. Cat’s Squirrel (4.0MB)
Track 109. I Feel Free (4.2MB)
Track 110. I Feel Free (4.1MB)
Track 111. I Feel Free (3.7MB)
Track 112. Sweet Wine (4.2MB)
Track 113. Sweet Wine (5.3MB)
Track 114. Sweet Wine (4.3MB)
Track 115. Sweet Wine (4.4MB)
Track 116. Sleepy Time Time (5.7MB)
Track 117. Four Until Late (2.8MB)
Track 118. Rollin’ And Tumblin’ (6.6MB)
Track 119. Toad (5.8MB)
Track 120. I’m So Glad (5.2MB)

Disc 2: The Complete Disraeli Gears Sessions
Track 201. Blue Condition (2.1MB)
Track 202. Blue Condition (5.0MB)
Track 203. SWLABR (6.2MB)
Track 204. SWLABR (1.9MB)
Track 205. SWLABR (6.2MB)
6. SWLABR [omitted. Released on Disraeli Gears Deluxe Edition]
Track 207. Hey Now Princess (1.8MB)
Track 208. Hey Now Princess (1.0MB)
9. Hey Now Princess [omitted. Released on Disraeli Gears Deluxe Edition]
Track 210. Take it Back (1.7MB)
Track 211. Take it Back (4.4MB)
Track 212. Take it Back (645k)
Track 213. Take it Back (4.8MB)
Track 214. Clearout (1.7MB)
15. Clearout [omitted. Released on Disraeli Gears Deluxe Edition]
Track 216. Weird of Hermiston (2.5MB)
Track 217. Weird of Hermiston (3.1MB)
Track 218. Weird of Hermiston (2.0MB)
Track 219. Weird of Hermiston (3.5MB)
Track 220. We’re Going Wrong (1.7MB)
21. We’re Going Wrong [omitted. Released on Disraeli Gears Deluxe Edition]
Track 222. Clearout (5.7MB)

Disc 3: The Complete Wheels of Fire Sessions
Track 301. La La Song (Clare de Lune) (1.6MB)
Track 302. Singalong (530k)
Track 303. Tuba Tune (798k)
Track 304. Spike’s Theme (832k)
Track 305. Blue Moon (3.7MB)
Track 306. Polonaise Jam (5.3MB)
Track 307. Barrelhouse Blues (5.9MB)
Track 308. White Room (5.7MB)
Track 309. Falstaff Beer (1.8MB)
10. Falstaff Beer [omitted. Released on Cream’s Those Were The Days boxset]
Track 311. Interview (870k)
12. Born Under a Bad Sign (live Oct 24, 1967) [omitted. Released on Disraeli Gears Deluxe Edition]
Track 313. Anyone For Tennis (3.5MB)
Track 314. Pressed Rat and Warthog (4.6MB)
15. Politician (live Jan 9, 1968)  [omitted. Released on Disraeli Gears Deluxe Edition]
Track 316. White Room (4.2MB)
Track 317. Sitting On Top of the World (1.5MB)

Disc 4: The Complete Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Reunion [entire disc omitted. Released on Time/Life 9DVD Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame boxset]
1. Sunshine of Your Love #1
2. Sunshine of Your Love #2
3. Sunshine of Your Love #3
4. Sunshine of Your Love #4
5. Sunshine of Your Love #4 (cont’d)
6. Born Under a Bad Sign
7. Crossroads
8. Crossroads
9. Short Jam
10. Sunshine of Your Love
11. Born Under a Bad Sign
12. Crossroads

Live at Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame show, Waldorf Astoria, NY, Jan 12, 1993.
13. Sunshine of Your Love
14. Born Under a Bad Sign
15. Crossroads

The 1997 4CD Cream boxset, Those Were the Days, was a fine retrospective that combined all three albums with live material from Live Cream and Live Cream II. Click on the link to order the boxset.

The 2004 Deluxe Edition of Cream’s Disraeli Gears contains both stereo and mono versions of the album plus outtakes and demos. Click on the link to order the album.

If you want the Cream 1993 reunion, the complete show plus rehearsals can be found scattered across the 9DVD Time/Life boxset. Buy it here.

  1. 15 Responses to “CREAM IN A BOX”

  2. Completely stupendous! Thanx for the excellence!

    By Timmy on Feb 18, 2010

  3. nice to see this here even though I already own an original..never `nuff Cream..

    By sluggo on Feb 18, 2010

  4. Thanks Big O! I’ve been looking for this set a long time. And it doesn’t disappoint. Great hearing these outtakes.

    By Belmo on Feb 19, 2010

  5. Great Stuff Top Man!!!!!

    By udo on Feb 19, 2010

  6. About Disc 1: are you sure the Coffee Song and Wrapping Paper outtakes came from the Cream boxset “Those Were The Days”? They don’t seem to be on my copy!

    By Derek on Feb 20, 2010

  7. Hi Derek

    Coffee Song is on CD2 Tk14 and Wrapping Paper is on CD1 Tk 1 of the Cream boxset. The timings are identical with the bootleg version.


    By Admin on Feb 20, 2010

  8. I see. So the Wrapping Paper and Coffee Song tracks on Disc 1 of the bootleg are actually the final versions originally released as singles, not outtakes. Thanks for clarifying.

    By Derek on Feb 20, 2010

  9. Cannot believe Ginger Baker didn’t get to sing more songs. He had such a unique voice and although Jack had the tunes and the voice it is Baker that always thrilled me. Blue Condition!

    By lanzarishi on Feb 24, 2010

  10. I’m with you on Ginger Baker. He was my favorite Cream

    By Okom Ray on Feb 24, 2010

  11. Great set Thanks heaps.

    By Rob on Feb 25, 2010

  12. Cream was a highlight in the music history.
    Three extraordinary musicians.
    Thank you for this post.

    By alejandro on Feb 26, 2010

  13. I never heard of this set. Thanks

    By Matt on Mar 2, 2010

  14. Thnks for this post, but the Time Life set referenced only has 3 songs by Cream, the finished versions from the show. Why can’t the other 12 tracks listed above (probably rehersals) be available? Just asking…

    By eddot98 on Mar 7, 2010

  15. This is the description of the Time Life set:
    “The material on the nine-DVD package is frequently astounding, occasionally sloppy, but mostly jaw-dropping thanks to a steady stream of superstars performing their classics, often with some surprising guest stars. The package includes 125 performances featuring Rock Hall of Famers ranging from Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen, to James Brown, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Patti Smith, Bonnie Raitt and dozens and dozens more. An additional 54 complete Hall of Fame induction speeches are included as bonus material, as well as rehearsal footage.”

    Can anyone who has a copy confirm the rehearsals are not on the Time Life box?

    By Admin on Mar 7, 2010

  16. Didn’t know the Cream outtakes and alternate takes exsisted. I hope yopu can activate this one please.

    By Rob Davenport on Jul 31, 2012

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