Wheels of Fire

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Wheels of Fire is the third album by the British rock band Cream. It was released in the US in June 1968 as a two-disc vinyl LP, with one disc recorded in the studio and the other recorded live. It was released in the UK on August 9. It reached number three in the United Kingdom and number one in the United States, Canada and Australia, becoming the world's first platinum-selling double album.[12][13] In May 2012, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it at number 205 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[14] It was voted number 757 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000).[15]

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Wheels of Fire
Studio album / Live album by
ReleasedJune 14, 1968 (1968-06-14) (US)[1]
August 9, 1968 (1968-08-09) (UK)
VenueWinterland & The Fillmore, San Francisco, California
Length35:53 (studio album) 44:23 (live album) 80:16 (total)[3]
ProducerFelix Pappalardi
Cream chronology
Disraeli Gears
Wheels of Fire
Singles from Wheels of Fire
  1. "White Room"
    Released: November 1968
  2. "Crossroads"
    Released: January 1969
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It was also released as two single LPs, Wheels of Fire (In the Studio) and Wheels of Fire (Live at the Fillmore), released together with similar cover art. In the UK the studio album art was black print on aluminium foil, while the live album art was a negative image of the studio cover. In Japan, the studio album art was black on gold foil, while the live album art was black on aluminium foil. In Australia, both covers were laminated copies of the Japanese releases.

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