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.
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