SH Spotlight Old Polydor CD "Strange Brew-The Very Best Of Cream" mastered by Dennis Drake. Best sound, cheap!

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Steve Hoffman, Dec 25, 2016.

  1. mmars982

    mmars982 Forum Resident

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    Pittsburgh, PA
    Half Price Books had their big warehouse sale in my area today. All CDs were $1. Found a nice copy of this. Listened to it in the car on the way home. Sounded pretty darned good. Listening now at home with my good headphones & it sounds great! I passed on this a few months ago for $7 - it's worth that much or more. And if you find it cheap, grab it.
     
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  2. billnunan

    billnunan Forum Resident

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    So, how was the Half Price event, overall?
     
  3. mmars982

    mmars982 Forum Resident

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    Not bad. It's crazy how popular it is. There's always a line around the block before it opens. Some people fill shopping carts with stuff. Nothing is more than $2, and the CDs were all $1.
     
  4. billnunan

    billnunan Forum Resident

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    I love that event. I'll be standing in line on Sept 22 when they have the Cleveland event.

    I bought over 100 CDs last year there.
     
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  5. J.K. Baxter

    J.K. Baxter Active Member

    I had this one on tape in high school, but alas, never the CD. I listened to nothing but Cream around 1994, and I don't even remember why I got into them so hard when I was about 15, but I sure played the hell out of every album.
     
  6. TheSeldomSeenKid

    TheSeldomSeenKid Forum Resident

    I just found the BMG Version today in a Record Store for $5 in perfect condition(Disc & Case/Booklet) considering it is Used. When Steve started this thread last December, I had written down the bar code, and kept in my wallet to check in case I would come across a Dennis Drake Mastered copy of 'Strange Brew-The Very Best of Cream' when browsing Used CD Sections.

    I was not sure if I had the correct copy, seeing it was a BMG Club CD version, but since it had Drake in the credits on the back of the inside/insert, I assumed I got one of the correct copies, so thanks for your post mentioning that you own the BMG version to verify, as it must be one of several versions on CD that contain the Drake Mastering. I never owned any Cream CDs before, so this is a great start to get into their music(although, I am familiar with 'White Room' and 'I Feel Free'-based on Bowie's Cover Version).

    On another note, I appreciate the time that you and other Staff Members provide to keep the SH Forum/Threads mostly problem free.
     
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  7. pdenny

    pdenny Blow up your TV

    Found a stone mint copy today. I've been listening to the CREAM GOLD set for years. My STRANGE BREW is a CRC, but matrix has 02. Drake credits. Does indeed sound much more "organic" than the tracks I compared to GOLD. This will no doubt be my go-to from here on out as I'm mostly a casual fan of the group.
     
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  8. Gibson67

    Gibson67 Life is a Magical Mystery Tour enjoy the ride

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    Diss, UK
    Just spinning my copy that arrived this morning, managed to snare a USA Polydor pressing running time 43:54. Mastered by Dennis M Drake. Sounding amazing!
     
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  9. Duke Fame

    Duke Fame Forum Resident

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    Tampa, FL
    Reacquired this recently for $2 at a local Goodwill.
     
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  10. ledsox

    ledsox Forum Resident

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    San Diego, CA
    Found this at the library last week. Great sounding disc. Thanks for the heads up, Steve.
     
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  11. Trevor_Bartram

    Trevor_Bartram Forum Resident

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    Boylston, MA, USA
    That's the one I have. How'd a thunk it, I've pulled it out for a listen!
     
  12. MYKE

    MYKE Columbia 6 Eye Mono - 1958

  13. bobcat

    bobcat Forum Resident

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  15. alchemy

    alchemy Forum Resident

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    Sterling, VA
    That was a great store it was next to Earl Mindall's Vitamin Shop, in fact he owned it.

    I spent way too much money in there over the years. My biggest regret was passing over a Special Beatles - Yellow Submarine box set. It had a small but really cool metal replica Yellow Submarine in the box. It was too pricey for me.
     
  16. Just spotted this one in a used CD bin for 50 cents, and remembering the recommendation grabbed it. Thanks!
     
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  17. Tommyboy

    Tommyboy Senior Member

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    New York
    I have UK RSO and Polydor vinyl pressings of this LP and the SQ is very solid. In fact, the Drake CD isn’t the automatic choice for me.
     
  18. douglas mcclenaghan

    douglas mcclenaghan Forum Resident

    This all the way. A member here sneered at me for daring to suggest that Dowd did a great job with Cream. Dismissed Dowd as incompetent. Amazing. A notorious pompous ass.
     
  19. Larry B

    Larry B Forum Resident

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    Hollywood
    Mine confirms as the desired mastering but was wondering why it (and others) has a catalog number of P2-11639 (with a -2 matrix suffix) instead of 811639 (-2). Usually the prefix like that indicates a record club but there is no mention of that anywhwere. Just wondering.
     

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