What are your favorite albums and tracks by Cream?
On July,16,1966, ex Yardbirds guitarist Eric Clapton forms Cream, the original "power trio" with bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker of the Graham Bond Organization.
- David VLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
Fresh Cream, I remember when it came out in 1966 of December of that yea. Fresh Cream represents so many different firsts, it's difficult to keep count. Cream, of course, was the first supergroup, but their first album not only gave birth to the power trio, it also, was instrumental in the birth of heavy metal and the birth of jam rock. That's a lot of weight for one record and, like a lot of pioneering records, Fresh Cream doesn't seem quite as mighty as what would come later, both from the group and its acolytes.
Fresh Cream was a remarkable shift forward in rock upon its 1966 release and it remains quite potent. Certainly at this early stage the trio was will grouded heavily in blues, only fitting given Eric Clapton's stint in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, which is were he first played with bassist, Jack Bruce, but Cream never had the purist bent of Mayall, and not just because they dabbled heavily in psychedelia. The rhythm section of Bruce and Ginger Baker had a distance jazzy bent to thier beat, ths isn't hard and pure, it's spongy and lastic, giving the musicians plenty of room to roam.
Disraeli Gears: Cream teamed up with producer Felix Papplardi for their second album, Disraeli Gears, a move that helped push the power trio toward psychedelia and also helped give he album a thematic coherence missing from the debut. This of course, means that Disraeli Gears gets further away from the pure blues improvisatory troupe they were intended to be, but it does get them to who they truly are, a massive, innovative power trio.
Yes, its psychedelic trappings tie it forever to 1967, but the imagination of the arrangements, the strength of the compositions, and especially the force of the musicianship make this album transcend its time as well.
Wheels Of Fire: If Disraeli Gears was the album were Cream came into their own, its successor Wheels Of Fire, finds, the trio in full flight, capturing every side of their personality, even hinting at the internal pressures that soon would tear the band asunder.
I love all of their music.
- Anonymous9 years ago
Disraeli Gears - Best Album
Wheels of Fire
Sunshine of Your Love
I Feel Free
Born Under a Bad Sign
Tales of Brave Ulysses
I'm So Glad
- 9 years ago
Fav album: Disraeli Gears
Fav songs: Tales of Brave Ulysses, I Feel Free, White Room, Badge, Sunshine of your love, Crossroads, Swablr, Wrapping Paper, Strange Brew
Amazing trio ...
- RedLv 79 years ago
Album: Disraeli Gears
Song: Tales Of Brave Ulysses
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- PeepawLv 79 years ago
1966 – Fresh Cream
1967 – Disraeli Gears
1968 – Wheels of Fire
1969 – Goodbye
I like Them all.
"I Feel Free"
"I'm So Glad"
"Sunshine of Your Love"
"Born Under A Bad Sign"
- 9 years ago
- Lone WoofLv 79 years ago
I own all four original albums.
Actually, Strange Brew the hits collection is one of my favorites. I was learning guitar at that time. Favorite tracks: I Feel Free, Badge, Sunshine..., etc. I have used their tunes in teaching music students the past two decades. Much like the Beatles music, it is eternal.
- Live ForeverLv 49 years ago
Album: Disraeli Gears
Song: World of Pain. Or...White Room.
Ugh, so hard to pick!
- IzzyLv 59 years ago
Too bad you weren't around to answer my last quiz question--you may have been able to guess who's in my icon :)
My favorite song is definitely Sweet Wine, but I also like Politician, White Room, and Anyone for Tennis.
- FishLv 59 years ago
Every album and every song, that was easy.
I will narrow one thing down though, Jack Bruce is my favorite bass player of all time.