Friday, June 27, 2008


Friday June 27, 2008

Today's Friday Flashback is brought to you by strawberries, peaches, and apricots. You know, the fruits of summer, because they go so well with CREAM!

Cream is Eric Clapton (guitars), Jack Bruce (vocals, bass guitar) and Ginger Baker (drums). Before the creation of Cream in 1966, Eric Clapton spent some time as the blues guitarist for a band called the Yardbirds and John Mayal's Bluesbreakers. Baker and Bruce were performing with a band called the Graham Bond Organisation.

Baker had become tired of the excessive drug use and lack of creativity in his band. Clapton felt the Yardbirds too confining. Baker gave Clapton a ride home one night and asked Clapton to start a new band with him. Clapton agreed, they grabbed Jack Bruce and began the milkings of the premier psychedelic rock band of all time. One might call it the Cream of the Crop. Not half and half... not 2%... and certainly not Skim Delight (even though it's my favorite).

From 1967 to 1968, Cream released two albums: Fresh Cream and Disraeli Gears. Songs recorded were polished versions of the 20 minute live jam sessions that became Cream's trademark. Each album had a mix of original material and dashing traditional blues covers with a spritz of psychedelia.

In 1969, the volatile relationship between Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker took it's toll on Clapton. He was tired of the quarreling and tired of the psychedelia. Time for the that smarty-pants guitar whiz kid to show the world what he's made of.

But not before Cream completed an album called Goodbye and a Farewell Tour.

Sunshine of Your Love - White Room - I Feel Free - Strange Brew - Badge


Nigel said...

They re-grouped and toured in 2005. Have you seen the reunion concert DVD? Sometimes they show it on PBS during fundraisers. It is not not not your typical reunion of aging has-beens. It is truly amazing. In my opinion, it's better than the old days...

The McMillans said...

You really should just quit the shanty basement job. Sorry, I had to add shanty, it's actually a pretty honest living, being that you work for the IRS.

I look forward to your flashbacks every week, I also think your review of Knofler was the best review I have ever read. Like I have always said, is there anything she can't do?

Lois said...

I have a love-hate relationship with Cream. I love the music, but I hate that my older brother would smack me hard if I couldn't answer his trivia questions about the band. I guess he didn't realize that I wasn't even born then!!!