I am a huge fan of music in many genres, without it I would be lost. I enjoy listening to music whilst I work and am cooking or doing bits of housework. I also like to relax at home and when I am travelling by listening to some chilled out and calm music. In this review, I will try to review the music in as clear detail as I can giving a feel of some of the songs and their emotions. I will include a track listing so that you know what tracks are included, but this isnt something that I have done in order to make my review look really long.
The Cream brand has to be one of the most recognised and much loved clubbing institutions in the world. The club that it all started from is in Liverpool, founded by a Mr. James Barton, and it ranks up there with Ministry of Sound. It has now been running for in the region of thirteen years and is continuing to go from strength to strength. They have definitely established themselves extremely well in the UK, Europe and have no branched out into other parts of the world.
This is a three CD collection of 50 of the biggest tracks in the short history of Cream. It showcases the biggest anthems from the past 12 years and it really does take you back. The main clutch of the songs are from the early 90s but there are some from later on in the era thrown in. The three CDs come in a mainly white cardboard sleeve with a yellow cream logo set on the background. The name Cream Classics appears across the front in dark text. The tracks are listed on the back of the sleeve, each disc separately. The name of the artist is in black and the song is written in a grey font, both of which are fairly small but easy enough to read. The individual CDs have their own very similar cases, the interiors of which are a glaring yellow and have the credits to all of the songs on the particular CD.
The album brings up a number of different thoughts and you experience a number of different feelings when you listen to it. This is the sort of album that you should listen to on a hot summers afternoon, driving through the beautiful countryside of Great Britain. That is an ideal world of course, but this album and its music does give me that overwhelming feeling when I listen to it even if it is in the dead of winter. This is an album that you can listen to at pretty much any time, regardless of what sort of mood you are in. Even if you are feeling sky high and really energetic, it is still a great and very soothing listen.
There are an awful lot of tracks on the compilation and to review each one individually would take an age. I will hand pick some tracks and give my honest views on each one. I will first include a full listing of all of the tracks and then refer back to them afterwards.
1. Incognito - Always There
2. Joe Roberts - Lover
3. T-Empo - Saturday Night, Sunday Morning
4. Bump - I'm Rushing
5. Urban Soul - Alright
6. K Klass - Rhythm Is A Mystery
7. Degrees Of Motion - Do You Want It Right Now
8. True Faith - Take Me Away
9. Alison Limerick - Where Love Lives (Come On In)
10. Raze - Break 4 Love
11. De'Lacy - Hideaway
12. Robert Owens - I'll Be Your Friend
13. Clivilles & Cole - A Deeper Love
14. Bobby Brown - Two Can Play That Game
15. Shawn Christopher - Don't Lose The Magic
16. Masters At Work Present India - To Be In Love
1. Sabrina Johnson - Peace
2. Alex Party - Read My Lips
3. The Original - I Luv U Baby
4. Strike - U Sure Do
5. Jaydee - Plastic Dreams
6. Rhythm On The Loose - Break Of Dawn
7. Robin S - Show Me Love
8. Happy Clappers - I Believe
9. Heller & Farley Project - Ultra Flava
10. Gat Décor - Passion
11. South Street Player - Who Keeps Changing Your Mind
12. Ultra Nate - Free
13. Black Legend - You See The Trouble With Me
14. Armand Van Helden - You Don't Know Me
15. The Nightcrawlers - Push The Feeling On
16. Everything But The Girl - Missing
17. B.T. - Embracing The Sunshine
1. M People - How Can I Love You More
2. M&S Presents The Girl Next Door - Salsoul Nugget
3. Pete Heller's Big Love - Big Love
4. George Morel - Let's Groove
5. Nightwriters - Let The Music (Use You)
6. Moloko - Sing It Back
7. Fire Island - There But For The Grace Of God
8. Livin'Joy - Dreamer
9. Layo & Bushwacka - Love Story
10. Loveland - Let The Music Lift You Up
11. Lisa Marie Experience - Keep On Jumpin'
12. Billie Ray Martin - Your Loving Arms
13. Grace - It's Not Over
14. OT Quartet - Hold That Sucker Down
15. Atlantic Ocean - Waterfall
16. Subliminal Cuts - Le Voie Le Soleil
17. D:Ream - U R The Best Thing
~Disc One: Track 8 Take Me Away by True Faith~
At the start of this track, there is the distinct sound of bongo drums in the background and the a sort of glockenspiel noise in the background. The feel is one that is very lively and it certainly makes you move. The female lyrics are soon in, adding to the good baseline that is going on. The tune has a very upbeat feel, but it is quite slow in its own way, you dont feel left behind or rushed by it.
~Disc One: Track 14 Two Can Play That Game by Bobby Brown~
This is an absolutely classic anthem that many of you may know. The track starts with the heavy bass line that continues throughout. It has a very upbeat and lively feel about from the outset and really gets you moving. The classic lyrics soon kick in and the song flows with style. The depth of Bobby Browns voice really does the lyrics justice and it goes with the heavy beat of the song. I know I keep saying it, but this is just an exquisite song and one that will stay with you. It has a similar feel about it to Artful Dodger: Moving Too Fast, for those of you who know that song.
~Disc Two: Track 3 I Luv U Baby by The Original~
A song that starts off with a nice beat and soon picks up as it progresses. It starts to get somewhat repetitive before moving into the classic pre-lyrical build up. The male lyrics soon kick and take the song off in another direction. The words are very repetitive but the constant changes in the direction keep the interest and make this a truly outstanding song. The tune and the mans voice are in perfect harmony and they are a really great match.
~Disc Two: Track 5 Plastic Dreams by Jaydee~
This is yet another classic and hero of its time. The banging house beat and the sound of the unique jazz organ really captivate you start to nod your head to the beat. The bells in the background really add to the mood and overall feel of the song. The whole of the song is instrumental; there are no interruptions of lyrics which have their place in other tunes but not this. This is a tune that has many memories for a lot of people and has some for me. You can really chill out to this.
~Disc Two: Track 16 Everything but the Girl by Missing~
This track kicks off with a gentle beat but soon picks up into lively beat and incorporates the beautiful female lyrics that continue throughout the tune. The words are very thoughtful and talk about the love that one person has for another. This is another great house tune that you just never tire of. This was quite a mainstream song, as far as songs on this album are concerned.
~Disc Three: Track 6 Sing it Back by Moloko~
This is a very popular song and was released in the pop charts so many of you may know of this. It is also relatively new, but it is first and foremost still classic cream music, although it isnt so pure as some of the other tracks. The song starts off with a very lively baseline as with most of the album. The female lyrics are very gentle and very easy on the ear. It is an immensely enjoyable song and also something of a sing-along too. I really like this and it is a good addition to the album.
~Disc Three: Track 9 Love Story by Layo and Bushwacka~
This starts of with a very deep and much focused baseline that puts you in the mood for a thoughtful tune. What sounds like heavy strings and piano really build the atmosphere and at the crescendo the thumping bass kicks in. This is a real tune for those with huge sub woofers in the back of their cars. It is only good if you play it really loud. At around the halfway point, gentle female lyrics kick in, but only for a short time. This does add a slight change in direction to the song and this is sound followed by another change away. This song was released in a more commercialised dance sound a year or so ago, under the name Love Story [VS Finally]. This was very popular and I liked it immensely but the two are not to be confused.
I have gone into to some detail on a few of the tracks and it would be insane to do much more. If I am being totally honest, a lot of the music is fairly similar throughout the CD and the rhythm and beat of some of the tunes are very standardised. However, there is a good degree of variation in some parts that makes the album as enjoyable as it is. I can only leave it down to you to find out more about the album and to formulate your own opinion on the tracks that it contains.
I appreciate that this is the sort of music that will only appeal to a very small section of the population. It is by no means mainstream music so it may also be something that many people have had rather limited exposure to. If you are into this sort of music, then this is absolutely ideal for you. The compilation provides a definitive collection of everything that has been big in the world of Cream in the last decade or so. If this is a type of music that you havent experienced, then dont be frightened to give it a go. It may prove something of a revelation and you may find that this is the sort of the thing that you really like. The CD is available for £12.99 from amazon.co.uk and it offers excellent value with 50 tracks for your money. There arent too many filler tracks on this so you wont find much that is of a poor standard.
The Cream Classics triple CD compilation is produced by Warner Music UK Ltd. The CD Number is: WSMCD177.
Visit: www.cream.co.uk for more information on this and other products from Cream
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There is a second volume of the CD that has just been released and I will be offering my opinions on that at some point in the future, so look out for that if you are interested in Cream.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Incognito - Always There
2 Joe Roberts - Lover
3 T-Empo - Saturday Night, Sunday Morning
4 Bump - I'm Rushing
5 Urban Soul - Alright
6 K Klass - Rhythm Is A Mystery
7 Degrees Of Motion - Do You Want It Right Now
8 True Faith - Take Me Away
9 Alison Limerick - Where Love Lives (Come On In)
10 Raze - Break 4 Love
11 De'Lacy - Hideaway
12 Robert Owens - I'll Be Your Friend
13 Clivilles & Cole - A Deeper Love
14 Bobby Brown - Two Can Play That Game
15 Shawn Christopher - Don't Lose The Magic
16 Masters At Work Present India - To Be In Love
Disc #2 Tracklisting
1 Sabrina Johnson - Peace
2 Alex Party - Read My Lips
3 The Original - I Luv U Baby
4 Strike - U Sure Do
5 Jaydee - Plastic Dreams
6 Rhythm On The Loose - Break Of Dawn
7 Robin S - Show Me Love
8 Happy Clappers - I Believe
9 Heller & Farley Project - Ultra Flava
10 Gat Décor - Passion
11 South Street Player - Who Keeps Changing Your Mind
12 Ultra Nate - Free
13 Black Legend - You See The Trouble With Me
14 Armand Van Helden - You Don't Know Me
15 The Nightcrawlers - Push The Feeling On
16 Everything But The Girl - Missing
17 B.T. - Embracing The Sunshine
Disc #3 Tracklisting
1 M People - How Can I Love You More
2 M&S Presents The Girl Next Door - Salsoul Nugget
3 Pete Heller's Big Love - Big Love
4 George Morel - Let's Groove
5 Nightwriters - Let The Music (Use You)
6 Moloko - Sing It Back
7 Fire Island - There But For The Grace Of God
8 Livin'Joy - Dreamer
9 Layo & Bushwacka - Love Story
10 Loveland - Let The Music Lift You Up
11 Lisa Marie Experience - Keep On Jumpin'
12 Billie Ray Martin - Your Loving Arms
13 Grace - It's Not Over
14 OT Quartet - Hold That Sucker Down
15 Atlantic Ocean - Waterfall
16 Subliminal Cuts - Le Voie Le Soleil
17 D:Ream - U R The Best Thing