To commemorate the 50th anniversary of their debut album, Cream are set to release a four-disc box set of Fresh Cream.
The deluxe edition includes three CDs of the mono and stereo mixes of the original LP, as well as all the singles, alternate takes, outtakes, and BBC session recordings from that time. The fourth disc is a Blu-ray audio version of both the mono and stereo versions and bonus tracks. There is also a hardcover book included that features liner notes and photos.
The original North American release of the album was in January 1967, and has approached sales of nearly a million copies. It’s amazing to think that barely two years after the release of Fresh Cream and three other albums, the band split up. Since a brief reunion in 1993 and a handful of shows at the Royal Albert Hall in 2005, Eric Clapton continues to tour as a solo act, as does Ginger Baker. However, open heart surgery this past summer forced Baker to take it easy for a while. Sadly, Jack Bruce died from liver disease in 2014 at the age of 71.
The deluxe reissue of Fresh Cream will be available on January 27.