Cream – Wheels of Fire (In the Studio) original Japan LP with obi


Free U.S. shipping!  An original 1968 Japanese pressing of the single LP Wheels of Fire (In the Studio) by Cream, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of the single LP Wheels of Fire (In the Studio) by Cream, including the rare original obi.

This album was originally released in Japan as two single LPs – one of studio recordings and one of live recordings.  This album contains the studio disc only.  The studio disc is the harder of the two to find.

About this copy: This copy of Wheels of Fire is an original 1968 Japanese pressing on the Polydor label.

The gatefold cover is VG+, with slight general wear and slight foxing on the inside.  The obi is VG++ with slight foxing; the “hojyuhyo,” (reorder tag) is still attached.

This LP was issued without a lyric insert.

The disc is VG++ on side one with couple of faint sleeve scuffs.  Side two is VG+ with two light marks.  There are many spindle marks on the labels; the album has been played a lot but has been well cared for.  It does play with some surface noise.

A nice copy of a classic LP and the only original pressing we’ve ever had for sale.

Background: Released in 1968, Wheels of Fire was the third album by Cream.

The double album, with one studio disc and one live one, reached #1 on the U.S. charts and #3 in the UK. gave Wheels of Fire a 4 star review:

If Disraeli Gears was the album where Cream came into their own, its successor, Wheels of Fire, finds the trio in full fight, capturing every side of their multi-faceted personality, even hinting at the internal pressures that soon would tear the band asunder. A dense, unwieldy double album split into an LP of new studio material and an LP of live material, it’s sprawling and scattered, at once awesome in its achievement and maddening in how it falls just short of greatness…. Wheels of Fire is indeed filled with Cream’s very best work, since it also captures the fury and invention (and indulgence) of the band at its peak on the stage and in the studio, but as it tries to find a delicate balance between these three titanic egos, it doesn’t quite add up to something greater than the sum of its parts. But taken alone, those individual parts are often quite tremendous.

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Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Polydor
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1968
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 15 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.25 in