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Music Single : Cream – NSU

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This was the very first Cream song I heard when I was a wee lad. It kinda changed or set a path for the music I gravitated to. Hard rock/jazz rock etc. Let me edit that last sentence, it did change things.  I wasn’t hearing this kind of music on the radio we had in the house. This was off an album (an all time favorite) of my older brother’s.

I still get jacked when I hear it. The song is catchy from the start and then about a minute and a half in this guitar comes in. That was it. I’d never heard anything like that before. There’s lots going on for the ear. Ginger Bakers drum rolls, Jack’s bass and vocals and that solo Eric Clapton rips, short and sweet. Cream really did have their own unique sound. What a fantastic band. The song has not lost any of it’s appeal to me.

This song was also the beginning of album listening for me. I kept the needle on after NSU and was taken into another musical world. We all have songs that come along that change things. NSU was one of those for me. My ears just couldn’t resist. I was done. CB can still sing the lyrics to this one in his sleep.

‘Driving in my car smoking my cigar ….” Deep stuff.

I think I’ll go for a drive. Crank it up and chuff on a cigar. Another good theme song for CB.

 

47 comments on “Music Single : Cream – NSU

  1. Aphoristical
    February 9, 2020

    This is great! I know Disraeli Gears inside out, but barely know their other stuff.

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  2. hotfox63
    February 9, 2020

    Great track… Cream’s rhythm section is thunderous for it’s time and Clapton’s guitar work as usual… brilliant.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 9, 2020

      For two guys that supposedly didnt like each other they sure came together when making music.

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      • hotfox63
        February 10, 2020

        Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton – They were called The Cream for many good reasons; play as loud as you can stand it. That was the best then.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 10, 2020

        They still sound good Fox. After all these years. They are never to far from my listening machine.

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  3. J.
    February 9, 2020

    Great tune, CB. Perfect for Sunday morning… Baker is amazing on here.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 9, 2020

      They had their sound as a group but you sure can pick out the great individual work.

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      • J.
        February 9, 2020

        Yeah, that’s absolutely true. They were a special group.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 9, 2020

        And Jack Bruce (The man with two first names) learned his chops in your homeland.

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      • J.
        February 10, 2020

        Aye, naturally he gets bonus points for being Scottish.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 10, 2020

        Aye, of coarse he does. Also for having the name Jack. A descendant of Robert The Bruce?

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      • J.
        February 10, 2020

        That would be quite something, eh?

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  4. hanspostcard
    February 9, 2020

    Great song from a great band- the greatest super group ever?

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  5. 1537
    February 9, 2020

    Great track, I’ve never seen that vid before – it’s rather great too.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 9, 2020

      I never seen the vid until I posted the song. I actually forgot I was in it. I’m the kid with the Viking helmet.

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  6. deKE
    February 9, 2020

    Chuff Away CB Chuff Away.

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  7. Yeah, Another Blogger
    February 9, 2020

    🚬

    I couldn’t find an emoji for a cigar, so I settled for this one.

    Hi CB. Take care.

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  8. Jim S.
    February 9, 2020

    Cream loved to play this song live for like, an hour. Thanks, CB. Now I’ll have to go on a Cream expedition for a while. I will pay you back with this tidbit:

    “N.S.U. is an acronym for “Non-Specific Urethritis,” a form of venereal disease Eric Clapton is rumored to have been afflicted with at the time. The lads, apparently having a bit of fun, thought it would be a good title for the song.”

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 9, 2020

      That’s why I like these guys. Turn a 3 minute song into an hour jam. I’ll join you on the Cream journey. I’m starting to talk like Jon Anderson.
      They should have just come out and put it in plain English. All sorts of different titles come up for me on that idea.

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      • Jim S.
        February 9, 2020

        Well you know how radio was.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 9, 2020

        I remember you hinting at a ‘Radio’ take. Once I discovered FM and a few underground stations i was gone on a whole other trip.

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      • Jim S.
        February 9, 2020

        Did I? I can’t recall. I float a lot of ideas, some them don’t make it. Now that I think of it, it might have been one based on book I read about the pop world.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 9, 2020

        It’s an interesting idea. I told you this before but I remember when I first started listening to FM stations sometimes the album would skip forever because the DJ was out to lunch etc. Really heard some great stuff and it certainly colored my tastes.

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      • Jim S.
        February 10, 2020

        I’m reading a book that my son gave me for Christmas called ‘Radio Free Boston – The Rise and Fall of WBCN.’ ‘BCN may not be well-known up in the Great White North but as one of the blueprints for what underground radio could be, it’s pretty important in the history of rock. They also made a documentary about it which traveled the country and which I saw. Probably of academic interest to most people outside of this area which is why I won’t post about it. But ‘BCN was a station with values and a mission and that’s all gone now.

        But there are some really good inside stories. And yeah, sometimes the DJ would be really stoned and so play the Dead for an hour or they’d hold a staff meeting and let the music flow. First song they ever played in 1968? “I Feel Free,” by Cream.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 10, 2020

        I will definitely look that doc up. My kind of watch. I love that kind of history. All that old pirate radios stuff. Like the Blasters ‘Border Radio’ Wolfman Jack and the rest.
        Interesting on the first song. Very cool. Great choice. “I Feel Free’ to play what I want.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 10, 2020

        Oh yeah thanks for this.

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      • Jim S.
        February 10, 2020

        Sure. Those were the good old days. The doc ends right about 1974 but the book goes to the end of station around 2010. Too bad because some of the most interesting stuff (like a strike) happens later.

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      • Jim S.
        February 10, 2020

        It’s very much about the late ’60s to mid-70’s period in America. Frankly I’ve heard that “generation gap” story once too often. I’m getting more juice out of the book. I wouldn’t expect it to show up on the tube any time soon. It’s still playing at movie fests and some of those recycle around like that forever

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 10, 2020

        That “gap’ story was old before it began but from the trailer there is more than enough about the music that caught me. Bruce, Wolf, Patti Smith doing ‘My Generation’. Might have to wade through all that changing the world stuff to get to the dessert.

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      • Jim S.
        February 10, 2020

        Yeah, I lived through the Sixties. One more rehash won’t tell me anything I don’t already know. Ok, gotta go take care of my NSU.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 10, 2020

        Ooooo!

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  9. Phil Strawn
    February 9, 2020

    Great tune. That’s one the FM radio didn’t often play. If that was around 68, Clapton was using a Gibson ES 335 and sometimes a Fender Strat. got to see them at the University of Oklahoma. It was a long drive, but they didn’t play Dallas that year that I know of. Legendary stuff CB, keep em coming.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      February 10, 2020

      Thanks Phil and thanks to one of the best group of music makers in my pile. Not to many are able to say they’ve seen Cream back then. You are the second person I know of.
      I’ll pop over later in the week to see what your’e up to. I might have some more of that Texas music coming your way Can you say Alseep At The Wheel?

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      • Phil Strawn
        February 10, 2020

        Yes, I can. I also speak Willie, Waylon, and Bob. I have some Texas music stuff coming soon. I was lucky to catch these fellows in their prime.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        February 10, 2020

        Look forward to it.

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  10. BuriedOnMars
    February 10, 2020

    I’m been spinning a bit of ’70s rock lately and I hear Cream’s influence everywhere. They are a bit underrated as trendsetters.

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  11. christiansmusicmusings
    February 16, 2020

    Love that tune!

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