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Cream
Wheels of Fire

  (Item #: creamwheel_1811_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This outstanding copy of Wheels of Fire earned a total of 8.5 stars, with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides one and two, followed by solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on sides three and four
  • Huge and rich, with prodigious amounts of low end and hard-rockin' energy - good luck finding another that sounds this good or plays this quietly
  • For '60s power trio, you just can't do much better than the live material on this very album
  • White Room, Sitting On Top Of The World, Politician, Born Under A Bad Sign -- this is the very essence of British Blues Rock
  • "In almost every regard, Wheels of Fire is a terrific showcase for Clapton as a guitarist, especially on the first side of the live album with "Crossroads," a mighty encapsulation of all of his strengths."
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Super Hot Stamper

Cream
Fresh Cream

  (Item #: creamfresh_1805_1809) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $169.00 (You save $30.99 / 15%)


  • You'll find superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this British import stereo copy of Cream's classic debut
  • Cream's debut has much better sound than most of the albums that followed - it's rich and Tubey Magical with tons of studio space and lovely present vocals
  • If all you know is the DCC pressing, or any other Heavy Vinyl pressing, you are in for quite a treat with this Hot Stamper import
  • "Fresh Cream represents so many different firsts, it's difficult to keep count. Cream, of course, was the first supergroup, but their first album not only gave birth to the power trio, it also was instrumental in the birth of heavy metal and the birth of jam rock..."
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Super Hot Stamper

Cream
Disraeli Gears

  (Item #: creamdisra_1809) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding UK copy of Cream's second studio album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • The best sounding pressngs have raw, hard-rockin', power trio magic in spades and much less grit and grain
  • Excellent sound for classics like Strange Brew, Sunshine Of Your Love and Tales of Brave Ulysses
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the imagination of the arrangements, the strength of the compositions, and especially the force of the musicianship make this album transcend its time."
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Cream
Goodbye

  (Item #: creamgoodb_1809) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides of this British pressing boast outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound - they really ROCK
  • The low end speed and energy on this copy are crazy good - it's like a Cream concert in your listening room
  • The best pressings, the ones that are full-bodied and smooth, let you crank the levels and reproduce the album good and loud the way it was meant to be heard
  • "The live music on the whole is better than that on Wheels of Fire, capturing the trio at an empathetic peak as a band."
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Super Hot Stamper

Cream
Live Cream

  (Item #: creamlive_1803_1812) 

Our Price: $119.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $20.99 / 17%)


  • With excellent Double Plus sound (A++) or close to it from first note to last, this is a killer copy of Live Cream
  • Super lively and clear with the kind of bass that most pressings simply don't have in our experience
  • Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus, about as quiet as you're likely to find on an early UK pressing
  • 4 stars: "Foreground and background seem to dissolve as all three musicians take charge, using the full range of their instruments. And where Bruce goes with his bass, especially on "Sweet Wine," is every bit as rewarding as the places that Clapton's guitar takes us; and Ginger Baker's playing is a trip all its own. Performances like this single-handedly raised the stakes of musicianship in rock."
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Herb Alpert
Whipped Cream & Other Delights

  (Item #: alperwhipp_1711_1808) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Two excellent sounding early stereo sides, each rating Double Plus (A++) or better
  • Tubey Magical, big-bottomed, punchy, spacious sound - what we've come to expect from Larry Levine's engineering
  • An excellent recording with a studio crew full of pros - this is a dynamite combo on a strong copy like this!
  • Alpert's most famous album, 5 stars on Allmusic: "Three Grammy Awards alone for the update of the Bobby Scott and Ric Marlow-penned theme "A Taste of Honey."
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Cream - Disraeli Gears

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: creamdisra_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This copy’s got the kind of tubey analog sound you need for this music -- it’s warm, rich, smooth, and pretty much free of the nasty grain that gets in the way on most pressings. There’s good extension up top, and the bottom end is meaty and well-defined.

The lesson we learned is that when the extremes are properly transferred to the vinyl, the middle will take care of itself.

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Cream - Disraeli Gears

Live and Learn

  (Item #: creamdisra_wrong) 



Our latest shootout for Cream's classic second album provided proof positive that We Was Wrong when we said:

No reissue we've ever played sounded especially good and none likely ever will.

Ah, but some do! We would love to tell you exactly what to look for so that you can go find one for yourself, but that's bad for business as I'm sure you can see. Let's just say there will be at least one later reissue of the album with very good grades coming soon to a site near you.

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Cream - Fresh Cream

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: creamfresh_2017) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

After playing this copy and the other ones that came close, this music sounds so much better than I ever thought it could, it's given me a whole new appreciation for the album. I've grown to love it, and consider it one of the all time greats. It's probably my favorite Cream record now. That's what a good copy can do.

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Cream - Fresh Cream

DCC Debunked

  (Item #: creamfresh_dcc) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another DCC LP debunked.

Compressed, thick, dull, opaque and completely lacking in ambience, almost any domestic or British original pressing will be better in almost every way. Read our Hot Stamper review below for the full story.

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Cream - Goodbye

Some of the Best Live Rock Sound Ever Recorded

  (Item #: creamgoodb_2016) 



When you get a good side one of Goodbye you'll hear exactly why we are calling it one of the Best Sounding Live Rock Albums of all time.

Goodbye has the Big Rock Sound that we go crazy for here at Better Records. The top copies just plain ROCK HARDER than all the others. Yes, they're bigger. Yes, they have more weight and whomp down low. Yes, they are smoother and more natural up top. But what really sets them apart is the tremendous Energy they contain in their grooves. The music EXPLODES out of the speakers and comes to life on the best copies like practically nothing you have ever heard.

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Cream - Heavy Cream

Not Recommended

  (Item #: creamheavy) 



Sonic Grade: D

A Hall of Shame Pressing.

Polydor Double LP mastered by Robert Ludwig. The tonal balance is right on the money, but of course, because this is a compilation, it is made from copies of the master tapes, not real master tapes themselves, so it will always have that blurry, smeary, opaque, airless, sub-generation tape quality to the sound (not unlike most of the Heavy Vinyl we audition).

The record contains 22 of Cream's best tracks compiled from all their live and studio albums.

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Cream - Wheels Of Fire

Our Shootout Winner from 2007

  (Item #: creamwheel_2007) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

It wasn’t easy, but we’ve cracked one of the toughest nuts around -- WHITE HOT STAMPERS FOR WHEELS OF FIRE! Sides one, two, and three on this RSO British LP have SUPERB SOUND AND QUIET VINYL! We’ve never heard White Room sound nearly as amazing as it does here -- you aren’t going to believe all the WHOMP!

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Herb Alpert - Whipped Cream & Other Delights

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: alperwhipp_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

TWO STUNNING SIDES rating at or near A+++ for this White Hot Stamper 2-pack! Most copies of this album either sound terrible or play too noisy to bother with -- finding one that does anything right is a chore. These two killer sides are a completely different story, with the kind of big, spacious soundstage and rich, full-bodied tonality that puts the typical pressing to shame.

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