Cream (2) ‎– Wheels Of Fire

Polydor ‎– 582 031/2
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Mono

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In The Studio
A1 White Room
Bass, Vocals – Jack BruceDrums, Timpani [Tympani] – Ginger BakerGuitar [Guitars] – Eric ClaptonViola [Violas] – Felix PappalardiWritten-By – Bruce*, Brown*
A2 Sitting On Top Of The World
Acoustic Guitar [Guitars] – Eric ClaptonBass, Vocals – Jack BruceDrums – Ginger BakerWritten-By – Burnett*
A3 Passing The Time
Acoustic Guitar [Guitars], Vocals – Eric ClaptonBass, Lead Vocals, Instruments [Calliope] – Jack BruceDrums, Glockenspiel, Vocals – Ginger BakerOrgan [Organ Pedals] – Felix PappalardiWritten-By – Baker*, Taylor*
A4 As You Said
Acoustic Guitar [Guitars], Cello [Cellos], Vocals – Jack BruceHihat [High Hat] – Ginger BakerWritten-By – Bruce*, Brown*
B1 Pressed Rat And Warthog
Bass [Basses], Recorder – Jack BruceDrums, Voice [Recitation] – Ginger BakerGuitar [Guitars] – Eric ClaptonTrumpet, Instruments [Tonette] – Felix PappalardiWritten-By – Baker*, Taylor*
B2 Politician
Bass, Vocals – Jack BruceDrums – Ginger BakerGuitar [Guitars] – Eric ClaptonWritten-By – Bruce*, Brown*
B3 Those Were The Days
Bass, Lead Vocals – Jack BruceBells [Swiss Hand Bells] – Felix PappalardiDrums, Marimba, Tubular Bells – Ginger BakerGuitar [Guitars], Vocals – Eric ClaptonWritten-By – Baker*, Taylor*
B4 Born Under A Bad Sign
Bass, Vocals – Jack BruceDrums, Tambourine – Ginger BakerGuitar [Guitars] – Eric ClaptonWritten-By – Jones*, Bell*
B5 Deserted Cities Of The Heart
Bass, Vocals, Cello, Acoustic Guitar – Jack BruceDrums – Ginger BakerGuitar [Guitars] – Eric ClaptonViola – Felix PappalardiWritten-By – Bruce*, Brown*
Live At The Fillmore
C1 Crossroads
Written-By – Robert Johnson
C2 Spoonful
Written-By – Willie Dixon
D1 Traintime
Written-By – Cream (2)
D2 Toad
Written-By – Baker*

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"Made in England"
A-Side; 1, 3, 4 Dratleaf. 2 Jewel.
B-Side; 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Dratleaf. 4 Tee Pee.
C-Side; 1 Getaway Songs. 2 Jewel.
D-Side; 1 Southern. 2 Dratleaf.

Silver foil card sleeve, with black print cover.
Full-color inner spread (internal glue-tabs top & bottom).

Disc 2 of variant 1 has textured labels.
Both discs of variant 2 have smooth labels.
'Rights Society' box on all labels is empty.
White poly-lined punch-hole liners [with 1968 blue text imprint].

Manufactured by Polydor Records, Ltd., London.
Printed by Ernest J. Day & Co Ltd., London W.11.

Tracks C1 to D1 mobile recording at the Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco - 10th March 1968, 1st show. [Uncredited].
Track D2 mobile recording at the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco - 7th March 1968, 2nd show. [Credited, except date/time].

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 1 Label Matrix): 582031
  • Matrix / Runout (Disc 2 Label Matrix): 582032
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A stamped, Variant 1): 582031 A∇1 420 1 2 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B stamped, Variant 1): 582031 B∇1 420 1 2 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C stamped, Variant 1): 582032 A ∇ 1 420 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D stamped, Variant 1): 582032 B ∇ 1 420 1 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A stamped, Variant 2): 582031 A ∇ 1 420 1 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B stamped, Variant 2): 582031 B ∇ 1 420 6 1 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C stamped, Variant 2): 582032 A ∇ 1 420 1 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D stamped, Variant 2): 582032 B ∇ 1 420 2 1 1

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
827 578-2 Cream (2) Wheels Of Fire(2xCD, Album, RE) Polydor 827 578-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
TD-1163-4 Cream (2) Wheels Of Fire(2xLP, Album) Giant (5) TD-1163-4 Taiwan 1968 Sell This Version
P36W 22003/4 Cream (2) Wheels Of Fire(2xCD, Album, RE) RSO P36W 22003/4 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
FL - 1629 / 30 Cream (2) Wheels Of Fire(2xLP, Album, Unofficial) First Record FL - 1629 / 30 Taiwan Unknown Sell This Version
184 167/68 Cream (2) Wheels Of Fire(2xLP, Album) Polydor 184 167/68 Germany 1968 Sell This Version


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April 3, 2019
Anyone have experience of stereo discs in a mono sleeve? Sleeve as in images here is 582 031/2 and there was once a narrow sticker following the numbers. Records are stereo - 583 031 etc. with what seem to be typical matrices in the run out. It’s possible it was a mix up in a record shop. U.K. shops in the period would often store the records behind the counter separately from the sleeves on display, so it would be not be difficult to muddle them up.


July 3, 2018
My copy has tan/purple ATCO labels, with a reflective silver gatefold cover

Barcode and Other Identifiers:
Cat # LP 1: SD 2-7001
Cat # LP 2: SD 2-7002
Side A Label: ST-C-681285CT
Side B Label: ST-C-681286CT
Side C Label: ST-C-681287CT
Side D Label: ST-C-681288CT
Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): CT ST-C-681285-1A | T
Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): CT ST-C-681286-1A | T
Matrix / Runout (Side C Label): S T C681287-1B | CT T
Matrix / Runout (Side D Label): S T C681288-1B | CT T

Any help which edition this is?


November 28, 2014

Producer Felix Pappalardi joins the band on additional instruments including viola and tonette, so disc one is actually credited to the Cream quintet. Whilst not as cohesive as Disraeli Gears, you witness all aspects of their work, most importantly the soaring live performances. The album starts off in a familiar style with one of their most abiding tunes, the riff laden, heavy rock of the classic "White Room", followed by the amplified cover of the blues classic "Sitting on Top of The World". Then for the next three tunes it all gets a little more Avant Garde and the rest of the first disc is a bit of a mix. The second disc is all live. Side C is one my favourite sides of vinyl, their pièce de résistance. Clapton is magnificent throughout the album, and his solo on "Crossroads" has to be one of the best live guitar solos ever captured on record - Robert Johnson must be rocking in his grave. "Spoonful" starts off as an earnest take on the Howlin' Wolf classic, then it all gets a little looser. Gradually the bass starts to get a little freer, Clapton frees himself from the riff, Baker starts to stretch out and they embark on a lengthy jam, hypnotically building up and breaking down, before returning back to the motif. After that, Side D is a bit of an anti-climax. Clapton sits out as Bruce's harmonica playing is showcased on the rather dull "Traintime". This is followed by Ginger Baker's "Toad" which starts off OK before entering into a self-indulgent drum solo, lasting the best part of 16 minutes. Overall, I would say Disraeli Gears is the stronger album but Wheels Of Fire may be the album that best documents the true nature of Cream.