Offered for sale is a still sealed copy of the original first pressing of Cream’s 1966 debut, Fresh Cream.
About this copy: The copy offered for sale is a 1966 U.S. pressing on the Atco label.
As the album is sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed. The track listing includes “I Feel Free,” rather than “Spoonful,” which is consistent with first pressings.
Since the record is still sealed, we cannot confirm whether the label is the early purple and brown label or the later yellow one. However, the pressing feels quite thick and weighs about the same as the pressing in our personal collection on the purple and brown label, so there’s a good chance that this is a first pressing.
The record is new and sealed, though there is a saw mark on the spine of the cover. Aside from a small tear near the saw mark on the spine, the wrap is complete and fully intact.
A beautiful copy of a classic album that will be very difficult to improve upon.
Background: Fresh Cream, released in 1966, was the first album by the so-called “supergroup.” The album reached #6 in the UK, where the band members were better-known, and #39 in the U.S., though the album was later certified gold by the RIAA.
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. That’s a lot of weight for one record and, like a lot of pioneering records, Fresh Cream doesn’t seem quite as mighty as what would come later, both from the group and its acolytes.
Fresh Cream, their 1966 debut, included the tracks “I Feel Free,” “Toad,” and “I’m So Glad.” The album was originally released in both stereo and mono, and later pressings replaced “I Feel Free” with “Spoonful.”
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