Career-spanning Cream box set due out in November

Cream Band

Hard rock supergroup  trio Cream Band


Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton. Their sound was characterised by a hybrid of blues rock, hard rock and psychedelic rock, combining psychedelia-themed lyrics, Clapton’s blues guitar playing, Bruce’s operatic voice and prominent bass playing and Baker’s jazz-influenced drumming. The group’s third album, Wheels of Fire, was the world’s first platinum-selling double album. Cream are widely regarded as being the world’s first successful supergroup. In their career, they sold over 15 million albums worldwide. Cream’s music included songs based on traditional blues such as “Crossroads” and “Spoonful”, and modern blues such as “Born Under a Bad Sign”, as well as more eccentric songs such as “Strange Brew”, “Tales of Brave Ulysses” and “Toad”.



Cream’s biggest hits were “I Feel Free” (UK, number 11), “Sunshine of Your Love” (US, number 5), “White Room” (US, number 6), “Crossroads” (US, number 28), and “Badge” (UK, number 18). Cream made a significant impact on the popular music of the time, and, along with Jimi Hendrix, and Terry Kath of Chicago, popularised the use of the wah-wah pedal. They provided a heavy yet technically proficient musical theme that foreshadowed and influenced the emergence of British bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Jeff Beck Group and Black Sabbath in the late 1960s and the early 1970s. The band’s live performances influenced progressive rock acts such as Rush. Cream were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. They were included in both Rolling Stone and VH1’s lists of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time,” at number 67 and 61 respectively. They were also ranked number 16 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”.

On November 24th, Universal Music Enterprises is set to release a box set featuring Cream’s entire original discography: four studio and two live albums.

According to a press release, each LP within the Cream: 1966-1972 set is pressed on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl. The collection comes housed within a rigid slipcase box and includes exact reproductions of each LP’s original artwork.

Formed in 1966, the legendary British rock supergroup was comprised of guitarist/singer Eric Clapton, bassist/singer Jack Bruce, and drummer Ginger Baker. Throughout their career, the trio dabbled in blues rock and psychedelic rock and delivered classics such as “Sunshine Of Your Love”, “White Room”, and “Crossroads”. In 1993, Cream were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2006, received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Pre-orders for the box set are ongoing.

Below, check out a picture of the box set and the full tracklist, followed by a few of Cream’s classic songs.


Cream: 1966-1972 Tracklist:

LP1: Fresh Cream (1966) Tracklist:
A1 N.S.U.
A2 Sleepy Time Time
A3 Dreaming
A4 Sweet Wine
A5 Spoonful
B1 Cat’s Squirrel
B2 Four Until Late
B3 Rollin’ And Tumblin’
B4 I’m So Glad
B5 Toad

LP2: Disraeli Gears (1967) Tracklist:
A1 Strange Brew
A2 Sunshine Of Your Love
A3 World Of Pain
A4 Dance The Night Away
A5 Blue Condition
B1 Tales Of Brave Ulysses
B3 We’re Going Wrong
B4 Outside Woman Blues
B5 Take It Back
B6 Mother’s Lament

LP3: Wheels Of Fire (1968) Tracklist:
A1 White Room
A2 Sitting On Top Of The World
A3 Passing The Time
A4 As You Said
B1 Pressed Rat And Warthog
B2 Politician
B3 Those Were The Days
B4 Born Under A Bad Sign
B5 Deserted Cities Of The Heart
C1 Crossroads – Live At The Fillmore
C2 Spoonful – Live At The Fillmore
D1 Traintime – Live At The Fillmore
D2 Toad – Live At The Fillmore

LP4: Goodbye (1969) Tracklist:
A1 I’m So Glad
A2 Politician
B1 Sitting On Top Of The World
B2 Badge
B3 Doing That Scrapyard Thing
B4 What A Bringdown

LP5: Live Cream (1970) Tracklist:
A1 N.S.U.
A2 Sleepy Time Time
A3 Lawdy Mama
B1 Sweet Wine
B2 Rollin’ And Tumblin’

LP6: Live Cream Volume II (1972) Tracklist:
A1 Deserted Cities Of The Heart
A2 White Room
A3 Politician
A4 Tales Of Brave Ulysses
B1 Sunshine Of Your Love
B2 Steppin’ Out (Mislisted as Hideaway on original LP pressings)

Dark clouds over Novorussia as Ukraine appoints war criminal as minister of war

The Saker
Vineyard of the Saker
Tue, 14 Oct 2014


Things decidedly do not look good right now. Poroshenko has 25_tnreplaced that clown Geletei with a bona fide war criminal, Col. Gen. Stepan Poltorak, a far more dangerous and evil character who used to be the commander-in-chief of the junta’s death squads (aka “national guard”).

The fact that Poroshenko would appoint such an odious figure indicates that he is trying to appease the neo-Nazis, who are demanding a full resumption of hostilities. Interestingly, just like Geletei,Poltorak is not a military man but a person who made his career in the Ministry of Internal Affairs from where he was picked to head the notorious “national guard”.

On the same day, Pavel Gubarev, the “people’s governor” of Donetsk was the victim of an attack on his vehicle. Even though he was not hit by bullets, he has suffered very serious head trauma as a result of the crash of his car. He is now in a hospital in Russia in very serious condition.


Pavel Gubarev

Pavel Gubarev

The list of potential candidates who had an interest in murdering Gubarev is long. First and foremost, I would list the Ukrainian oligarchs whose assets Gubarev had promised to seize then, of course, the junta and various Neo-Nazis. Next, I cannot exclude the possibility that Gubarev could have been targeted by his own Novorussian political enemies and, finally, I would not exclude that the attack could have come from those circles in Russia who would see him as an obstacle for their plans for Novorussia. Needless to say, the hurray-patriots will blame Putin. Regardless of who ordered this murder, the fact that Gubarev is in very serious condition in a Russian hospital is very bad news as this is bound to have an extremely polarizing and distruptive effect on the ungoing feud between various Novorussian leaders.

Comment: That Gubarev is recovering in a Russian hospital makes it highly unlikely the Russian or Novorossiyan governments ordered his hit. What is ‘The Saker’ trying to get at here?


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Finally, there are numerous reports of Ukrainian attacks all along the line of demarcation, including artillery strikes on Donetsk. The front has not moved much, but we are far away from the “days of silence” which had been announced (see map).

Novorussian intelligence sources are constantly reporting large concentrations of Ukie armor in various locations and the arrival of more troops. At the same time, the work for the the creation of the buffer zone seems to be continuing. I am getting the sickening feeling that just like the Georgians who worked with the Russian peacekeepers right until Saakashvili ordered his troops to attack, the Ukies will contine working on the demarcation line right up until the moment they will attack.

193582889Past experience shows that each time a top level US official visits Kiev, something very bad happens. Victoria Nuland (aka “f**k the EU”) has just concluded a visit to Kiev which received only very little coverage. The purpose of her trip was never clearly explained, and after she left, no official results of the trip were announced.

Comment: She was obviously there to discuss strategy with her underlings.
Things look decidedly bleak and the fact that there will soon be elections in Banderastan and Novorussia will not make things better.There is also a very real possibility that the US is considering dumping Poroshenko for another figure. I have an article on this tomorrow in Russia Insider and I will re-post it here. If that happens, we can expect an ever worse and more ruthless commander in chief for the Junta Repression Forces.How bad could it get?The military map shows that the Novorussian Armed Forces are in a fundamentally sound posture and that they should be able to prevent any deep Ukie incursion (unless,of course, the decide to pull the JRF in to better encircle it). I have it from an excellent source (about which I will tell you in a couple of weeks) that the morale of the Novorussians is sky high, though I cannot imagine that the infighting inside the Novorussian leadership will not have negative impact.

Comment: No need for super-secret spooky sources; it’s pretty obvious to anyone observing from afar that morale is better with the rebel forces that the imperial ones. Why wouldn’t it be? As for “infighting inside the Novorussian leadership”, ‘The Saker’ is making an assumption here. Again we have to ask, what is ‘The Saker’ getting at? By such suggestive notions, it’s almost like he’s trying to introduce confusion into Novorossiya’s situation.

The fact that Russia has, for the time being, decided to turn off the “aid-spigot” must also be demoralzing and no amount of guarantees given by the Kremlin can change that. Still, the NAF are far better trained, often better equipped (in qualitative terms only), their current posture is sound and Russia will, I am sure and my sources fully concur with this, re-open the “aid spigot” should the JRF attack again. The Ukies have their usual advantage in numbers (men, armor, artillery). I therefore have no reasons to believe that they will be more successful the next time around.

Superior morale and training: he will win

Superior morale and training: he will win

One more thing in conclusion: you have probably heard that western sources announced that the Russians had withdrawn (some vague) “forces” from the border; you might even have heard that the Russians confirmed it. This is all a big smokescreen. The Empire says “we scared the Russians” and the Russians reply “see how peace-loving a good we are?!”. In reality Russian forces are mobile enough that they don’t need to be close to the border to intervene in Novorussia. If a Russian intervention ever happens (say if Donetsk really risks being overrun by the Ukies), then this will mostly involve very mobile forces (special, airmobile and airborne), supported by fixed and rotary wing aircraft, which will give plenty of time for heavier forces to move in, if and when needed (which will not be very often). Check out the image above [BELOW] of Russian Airborne Forces training in the Caucasus: this is what a Russian intervention in Novorussia would like. Not long columns of tanks.



Political maneuverings in Ukraine, to what end? Poroshenko and Lavrov on the ceasefire

Poroshenko Red Eye Faces of Evil

Poroshenko Red Eye Faces of Evil

Signs of the Times

14 October 2014

On Sunday, October 12, RIA Novosti reported that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko made a statement on his official website saying the following:

We expect to achieve complete ceasefire in the coming days. Once this happens, the creation of a buffer zone will be launched. Both sides must pull out heavy weaponry at least 15 kilometers [9.3 miles] away into the controlled areas.

This comes at a time that has seen Ukrainian forces violate said ceasefire multiple times a day. The OSCE has reported on the shelling of multiple towns by Kiev forces, and Donetsk’s leadership has claimed Kiev violated the ceasefire a total of 17 times on Monday with shelling of residential areas killing 3 and injuring 7, with more attacks that night, bringing the total to 45 violations, at least 12 dead, with dozens more wounded. This comes after 16 civilians were reported killed on Sunday alone.

The continued violations on the part of Kiev have prompted DPR Prime Minister Zakharchenko to curb the planned “silence regime”, which would have seen Novorossiyan troops withdraw their artillery from the line of conflict if Kiev could abide by the ceasefire for 5 days.

Poroshenko, in his official statement, also mentioned that he had reached out to the OSCE to increase the number of monitors of the conflict to 1500, upon which they agreed.

Today, Tuesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said:

Today, the window of possibility to overcome the Ukrainian crisis is open. Practical measures are being agreed upon and implemented on the basis of ceasefire agreements reached on the initiative of presidents [Petro] Poroshenko and [Vladimir] Putin. The question is whether the conflicting Ukrainian sides will manage to complete this path toward solid peace or they will be hindered by those seeking to use the tragedy of the Ukrainian people to try to show Russia its place.

So while the leadership of both sides are making public claims to fully implement the ceasefire, establish a buffer zone between fighting forces, and increase international observers, the fighting continues.

What’s going on? According to Zakharchenko, the continued violations are not necessarily the result of orders from Kiev: individual commanders (some, like Right Sector’s battalions, being extremists not likely to follow orders they don’t like) are taking it on their own initiative to continue shelling civilian areas.

Do Poroshenko and his ‘advisers’ see the futility of the continuation of their “antiterrorist operation”? Are they merely trying to appease the extremist elements on whose support they have relied for exterminating Novorossiyans (e.g., by ‘retiring’ Defense Minister Geletey and replacing him with ATO commander Poltorak?), with the goal of actually implementing the ceasefire?

Have the rumors that Russia has cut off its covert aid to the militias, but that they will restart them if and when a new offensive is launched by Kiev, sufficiently scared Kiev’s military leadership? Or is Kiev merely talking peace while planning one more genocidal push on the orders of their U.S./NATO masters?