Wheels Of Fire

Universal/Island Def Jam
Release date
7 Apr 1998
Running length
13 tracks
Running time


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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 White Room 5:01 554,498
2 Sitting On Top Of The World 5:01 111,251
3 Passing The Time 4:37 53,682
4 As You Said 4:22 47,319
5 Pressed Rat And Warthog 3:16 43,198
6 Politician 4:12 126,304
7 Those Were The Days 2:58 89,429
8 Born Under A Bad Sign 3:13 168,065
9 Deserted Cities Of The Heart 3:43 88,141
1 Crossroads (Live) 4:15 8,336
2 Spoonful (Live) 16:46 2,965
3 Traintime (Live) 7:03 1,253
4 Toad (Live) 16:18 1,816

About this album

Wheels of Fire is the name of a double album recorded by Cream. The release was largely successful, scoring the band a #3 peak in the UK and a #1 in the US, and became the world’s first platinum-selling double album.

The album was also released as Wheels of Fire (In the Studio) and Wheels of Fire (Live at the Fillmore) as two single albums, released together, with similar cover art except: In the UK, the studio album was black print on aluminium foil, while the Live at the Fillmore album was a negative image of the studio cover. In Japan, the studio album was black on gold foil, while the live album was black on aluminium foil. In Australia, both covers were laminated copies of the Japanese releases (it was never released as a double album in Australia). In 2003, the album was ranked number 203 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The sleeve was designed by Australian pop artist and cartoonist Martin Sharp, and it won the New York Art Directors Prize for Best Album Design in 1969.

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  • MisterJunior

    I agree with DavidSmith98. I've always thought this was a good album but recently I've realized I actually prefer it to Disraeli Gears and Fresh Cream. The live stuff is great and the studio portion of the record is the best material of their career.

    15 May 2014 Reply
  • DavidSmith98

    their best record

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • justinehering

    brilliant record, so classy it hurts.

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    The correct track listing -- The Haeco-CSG system

    19 Aug 2012 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    Note 1: Some pressings of this album contain an alternative version of “Passing the Time”. This “long version” is extended by 67 seconds, but also differs from the “extended version” included on Those Were the Days, which is longer by a further 8 seconds. >> Note 2: Original US pressings of Wheels of Fire incorrectly listed the running time of “Deserted Cities of the Heart” at 4:36.

    19 Aug 2012 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    Note 3: Side 1 tracks 1 and 3 and Side 2 tracks 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the studio album were processed with the Haeco-CSG system. Also processed was “Anyone For Tennis”, which was recorded at the same sessions and appears on some versions of the album. Haeco-CSG was intended to make stereo recordings that were fully compatible with mono playback equipment. The unfortunate side effect is that it “blurs” the stereo imaging of musical parts mixed to the phantom center channel. Using modern digital audio processing software it is possible to reverse the Haeco-CSG effect and restore the original intended sound quality.

    19 Aug 2012 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    Note 4: Original album pressings list “John Group” as the author of “Traintime.” The “John Group” appellation dates back to Jack Bruce’s tenure with the Graham Bond Organisation (with whom Bruce originally recorded the song in 1965), and was used by that band to ensure that members other than Bond received songwriting royalties. The song is based on a vintage blues by Peter Chatman.

    19 Aug 2012 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    It's not "nice" >> It's a MILESTONE of the rock history!!!

    15 Aug 2012 Reply
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  • prominence_la

    Baker. Toad. 'Nuff said.

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • silverlage

    Great album, however, it is hard listening to white people play blues...t7b

    8 Nov 2011 Reply
  • gingerbakercorp

    http://www.gingerbaker.com/albums/cream-wheels-of-fire.htm The making of Wheels of Fire from the Official Ginger Bker Archive

    24 Oct 2010 Reply
  • IanCad

    probably my favorite cream

    4 Apr 2010 Reply
  • ejbarto


    12 Mar 2010 Reply
  • lookingformagic

    Cream under any circumstance is ear candy!!!

    22 Feb 2010 Reply
  • DookieMestrebug

    Way better than Disraeli Gears

    2 Dec 2009 Reply
  • GrantRS

    Better than Disraeli.

    17 Jun 2009 Reply
  • clasicrocklover

    Best Cream album

    21 May 2009 Reply
  • hawk1984-3

    on par with disraeli

    26 Feb 2009 Reply
  • grayholyhead

    not half as good as disraeli gears

    8 Nov 2008 Reply
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