August 5, 2010 – 10:26 am

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Secret History [Left Bank Productions MS1, 2CD]

Outtakes from the Fresh Cream sessions and BBC sessions. Very good soundboard.

I have upgraded the 15 tracks on Disc One of this compilation of 1960’s studio outtakes, acetates and radio sessions. For some reason, there were occasional annoying left channel noises, possibly because of tape damage on the 15 tracks. Since the recordings were in mono, I re-dubbed by analogue connection, using a “y” connector, and copying only from the right channel, the channel without the noises. This is a substantial improvement, though I couldn’t do anything about the muddy sound on the takes of “I Feel Free”. - Philip Cohen

Cream - Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton (for some, it was a time when he still mattered). And for others, Fresh Cream, the group’s debut album in 1966, signalled the arrival of blues rock. Even then, the album was a pretty mixed affair. While tracks such as Sleep Time Time, Rollin’ and Tumblin and Cat’s Squirrel were decidedly bluesy, the music was equally psychedelic in parts. And what does one make of Wrapping Paper, with its dancehall feel? Or Robert Johnson’s Four Until Late, which has a certain swagger that could even appeal to Cliff Richard then? And listening to these takes of I Feel Free, surprisingly, they also recall Aquarius and the 5th Dimension, which only goes to show that while Cream took from the blues, they also gave something back in return.

While the Secret History two-CD set has been in circulation for a while, music fan and compiler Philip Cohen really did fans a favour by “upgrading” the sound on the first CD.

Thanks Phil for all the efforts and for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 256 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Cat’s Squirrel and Beauty Queen #1 (7.8MB)
Track 102. Beauty Queen # 2 (3.0MB)
Track 103. Rollin’ and Tumblin’ (8.5MB)
Track 104. The Coffee Song (5.7MB)
Track 105. Toad (7.8MB)
Track 106. Sweet Wine #1 (7.4MB)
Track 107. Sweet Wine #2 (5.7MB)
Track 108. I Feel Free #1 (5.4MB)
Track 109. I Feel Free #2 (5.8MB)
Track 110. I Feel Free #3 (5.6MB)
Track 111. I Feel Free #4 (4.8MB)
Track 112. Wrapping Paper #1 (2.1MB)
Track 113. Wrapping Paper #2 (2.0MB)
Track 114. You Make Me Feel #1 (5.0MB)
Track 115. You Make Me Feel #2 (4.9MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Sleep Time Time (acetate) (7.8MB)
Track 202. Sweet Wine (acetate) (6.3MB)
Track 203. I’m So Glad (acetate) (7.2MB)
Track 204. Wrapping Paper (acetate) (4.5MB)
Track 205. Four Until Late (acetate) (3.9MB)
Track 206. Cat’s Squirrel (acetate) (5.5MB)
Track 207. White Room (acetate with alternate lead guitar) (8.0MB)
Track 208. Sing Along (3.1MB)
Track 209. Anyone For Tennis (acetate) (4.8MB)
Track 210. Pressed Rat and Warthog (acetate) (5.9MB)
Track 211. Falstaff Beer #1 (2.8MB)
Track 212. Falstaff Beer #2 (1.9MB)
Track 213. Piano and Guitar Jam (23.8MB)
Track 214. N.S.U. (live outtake from Wheels Of Fire) (24.0MB)

The CD also contains the following tracks which have been omitted since they are available on The BBC Sessions.

Cat’s Squirrel *
Traintime *
Lawdy Mama *
I’m So Glad *
From Four Until Late **
I Feel Free **
N.S.U. **
Strange Brew ***
Tales of Brave Ulysses ***
We’re Going Wrong ***

* BBC, December 9, 1966
** BBC, January 10, 1967
*** BBC, May 30, 1967

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  2. I`m so glad.!

    By sluggo on Aug 5, 2010

  3. And I thought they’d closed down their shop!

    By Quickhand on Aug 5, 2010

  4. ..they didn`t want to, twas all they had got…

    By sluggo on Aug 6, 2010

  5. Great post, Philip!!!

    By Dan on Aug 6, 2010

  6. Thank you Phil oh God this so good!

    By Happy Jap on Aug 6, 2010

  7. Thanks for this! Fan-tas-TIC! The Falstaff ad alone is priceless! More Cream, please Big O!!

    By Hulkzilla on Aug 8, 2010

  8. Those of you who enjoyed this and don`t have much Cream material might want to beg borrow or steal a copy of the incredible four disc set called Fruit of the Poisoned Tree…
    disc one..fresh cream sessions
    disc 2 ..disraeli gears sessions
    disc 3..wheels of fire sessions
    disc four ..rock and roll hall of fame rehearsals ,soundcheck and gig.

    By sluggo on Aug 8, 2010

  9. This is awesome. Thanks so much for sharing. More Cream gems please

    By Matt on Sep 17, 2010

  10. Can´t load from 4shared.
    Any other download available?
    I´d be “so glad”. :-) thanks.

    By Kint on Feb 11, 2014

  11. sluggo, that one is at

    By JB on Feb 11, 2014

  12. Thank you!

    By Kint on Feb 11, 2014

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