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Cream fast became one of CB’s favorite all time groups. By the time he got to this album they were no longer a band. ‘Fresh Cream’ was one of the first albums CB heard (First album CB gave his take on in this thing he does). ‘Disraeli Gears’ was next then ‘Wheels of Fire’. Thanks to an older brother who had great taste in music, CB was exposed to this great music. Needless to say it really shaped my musical tastes.
Every cut on this album is a good one, starting with one of the best riffs in rock, ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’. A hard rock must. Eric Clapton cutting loose, Jack Bruce laying it down and Ginger Baker doing his thing under it all. Great vocals from Jack and Eric. At the time this was Cream’s signature tune for CB ( It still sounds great today). It’s hard not to mention every song on this album. ‘Badge’ is next and it is another all time fave tune. Eric just rips another great solo. Dug the lyrics in this one. What a cool song. ‘Crossroads’ again has Eric going to town with some great guitar. But Jack is killing it on the bass and so is Ginger on the skins. What a fantastic piece of playing by these three guys. Unique sound. I guess this is what you call musical chemistry. Jack’s touch is all over ‘White room’. He is one of CB’s favorite vocalists. The other two definitely add to it. Does Eric play a bad solo? Swalbr ends the fist side. This music was unique to Cream.
‘Born Under a Bad Sign’ is Cream style blues. ‘Spoonfull’ is a CB staple and another blues and the boys celebrate it their way. Great tune! Hard rock, hard blues just fantastic. Man could these guys do it. ‘Ulysses’ is just a really cool song. Jack and Eric set it up and Ginger kicks it into gear. Lyrics conjure up some vivid images. Eric rips some killer licks and Ginger pounds away adding some nice cymbals. ‘Strange Brew’ finds a groove. ‘I Feel Free’ has a catchy hook at the start (try getting that out of your head), Ginger comes in, Bruce breaks into vocals and Eric solos. End of record.
If three guys ever came together with musical ideas to make great music it was Jack, Ginger and Eric. All CB can say is Cream was one of his favorite bands. So here it is, a pretty good taste of Cream. These guys did some damage in the music world. One of the best in Babyhead’s opinion. CB wore all their records out. He played the hell out of this one. Still does.
( Music Enthusiast, Vinyl Connection, 1537, Forgotten Rock Classics, all do some good takes on the band, individual records, singles and history. Worth checking out )
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