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Live Cream Volume II is the second live album by the British rock band Cream, released in March 1972 by Polydor Records (Atco Records in the US). This album contains six tracks recorded at various performances from 9 March to 4 October 1968.[1]

Live Cream Volume II
Cream playing live in concert
Live album by
Released2 March 1972 (1972-03-02)[1]
Recorded9 March, 10 March and 4 October 1968[1]
VenueWinterland, San Francisco
Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland
GenreBlues rock, psychedelic rock, hard rock
Length41:04[1]
LabelPolydor
Atco
ProducerFelix Pappalardi[2]
Cream chronology
Live Cream
(1970)
Live Cream Volume II
(1972)
Heavy Cream
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC+[3]
Rolling Stone(unfavorable)[4]

ReceptionEdit

Matthew Greenwald of AllMusic stated that Volume 2 had more songs on it than its predecessor, including two songs whose album versions were released as singles. He also commented on how the sound quality was some of the best at the time. He did not like, however, that there were not as many extended jams as there were on the predecessor and that Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton's singing is not good on "White Room" and "Sunshine of Your Love." Greenwald felt that the live version of "Deserted Cities of the Heart" is better than the studio version.[1]

Track listingEdit

Side 1
  1. "Deserted Cities of the Heart" (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown) – 4.33
  2. "White Room" (Bruce, Brown) – 5.40
  3. "Politician" (Bruce, Brown) – 5.08
  4. "Tales of Brave Ulysses" (Eric Clapton, Martin Sharp) – 4.46
Side 2
  1. "Sunshine of Your Love" (Clapton, Bruce, Brown) – 7.25
  2. "Steppin' Out" (James Bracken) – 13.38 (Mistitled as "Hideaway" on original LP pressings)

Side 2, track 1 recorded 9 March 1968 at the Winterland, San Francisco.
Side 1, track 4 and side 2, track 2 recorded 10 March 1968 at the Winterland, San Francisco.
Side 1, tracks 1, 2 & 3 recorded 4 October 1968 at the Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland.

PersonnelEdit

Per liner notes[2]

ChartsEdit

Chart (1972) Peak
position
Canada (RPM100 Albums)[7] 30
UK (The Official Charts Company)[8] 15
US Billboard 200[9] 27

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f Greenwald, Matthew. "Review Live Cream, Vol. 2". AllMusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 21 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b Live Cream Volume II (Vinyl sleeve). Cream. United Kingdom: Polydor Records. back cover. UICY-93700.CS1 maint: others (link)
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: C". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 23 February 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  4. ^ Saunders, Mike (1 January 2002). "Review: Live Cream Vol. 2". Rolling Stone. Jann S. Wenner.
  5. ^ Brzozowicz, Grzegorz (17 October 2013). "LP's Designed in PL". Culture.pl. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  6. ^ Brzozowicz, Grzegorz (6 September 2013). "I still like fast driving – an interview with Stanisław Zagórski". Culture.pl. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  7. ^ "RPM – Item Display: Top Albums/CDs – Volume 17, No. 16, June 03 1972". Library and Archives Canada. 31 March 2004. Archived from the original (.Php) on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  8. ^ "Live Cream Vol.2 by Cream". Official Charts Company. United Kingdom. Retrieved 3 December 2010.
  9. ^ "Cream – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 3 December 2010.