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->''The Cream never really played that much blues. I think we aimed to start a revolution in musical thought. We set out to change the world, to upset people, and to shock them... Our aim was to get so far away from the original line that you're playing something that's never been heard before.''
--> Music/EricClapton

Cream was an extremely influential English band active from 1966 to 1969, reuniting a few times since. Cream was made up of Music/EricClapton (guitar & vocals), Ginger Baker (drums), and Jack Bruce (bass & vocals). All three musicians were already well known in the English rock scene at the time, thus making Cream one of the first {{supergroup}}s and the [[TropeNamer first to be referred as such]]. During their three years of existence, they released four albums, all of which reached the top 6 of the UK Albums Chart.

Cream basically [[strike:invented]] popularized and helped [[TropeCodifier codify]] PsychedelicRock and brought BluesRock into the mainstream with songs based on both traditional blues (such as "Crossroads" and "Spoonful") and modern blues. Cream also popularized the use of the wah-wah pedal.

The band was also known for its live performances. The members often incorporated jams into their songs, with some reaching to 16 minutes (such as "Spoonful" and "Toad"); this made them favorites around the world. They were at their time the number one biggest live act. Clapton's guitar solos were (and are) considered some of the best ever.

''Fresh Cream'', the band's first album, consisted of cover versions of blues standards ("Spoonful", "Rollin' and Tumblin'", "Four Until Late", "I'm So Glad"), original songs written by the band and collaborators ("I Feel Free", "N.S.U.", "Sleepy Time Time", "Dreaming", "Sweet Wine"), a rearrangement of the traditional song "Cat's Squirrel" and the drum solo showcase "Toad". Cream's sophomore effort ''Disraeli Gears'' is considered the album that defined the band's style of mixed rock and blues; some of Cream's biggest hits, such as "Sunshine of Your Love" and "Strange Brew," appeared on the album. ''Disraeli Gears'' is also noted for its psychedelic cover art.

''Wheels of Fire'' was Cream's third album and their first double album, the first disc with studio tracks and the second with live tracks performed in San Francisco. It topped the American charts and became the world's first platinum-selling double album. With this album, the band shifted from blues to ProgressiveRock, using classical instruments and [[UncommonTime rare time signatures]].

Shortly before ''Wheels of Fire'' was finished, the members of Cream wanted to go their separate ways. The already-present animosity between Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce reached a high point, and Clapton had to act as peacekeeper. Soon, all three members did not listen to each other much while performing, with Clapton frequently recalling a concert where he actually stopped playing at one point but neither Baker or Bruce noticed. Clapton was also influenced to break up the band after a scathing review of one of their concerts in ''Rolling Stone'', where Jon Landau dismissed him as a "master of the blues cliché", and after becoming captivated by Music/TheBand's debut ''Music from Big Pink''. Cream made an official announcement in July 1968 that they would break up soon after another tour and album. The band did a farewell tour in late 1968, and their final album, ''Goodbye'', was released in 1969.

Upon the demise of Cream, Eric Clapton had stints with other bands before embarking on an extremely successful solo career; the other two members have been successful, but less so.

Cream's influence has extended far, from progressive rock bands such as Rush to jam bands such as the Grateful Dead to heavy metal bands such as Black Sabbath. VH1 and Rolling Stone have both called Cream one of the best bands of all time. Most of all, one of their number one fans was of course JimiHendrix, who came to England in hope of meeting Music/EricClapton, his idol.

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!!Principal Members (Founding members in '''bold'''):

* '''Ginger Baker''' - drums, percussion, occasional lead vocals, bells, glockenspiel, timpani, cowbells (1966-1968, 1993, 2005)
* '''Jack Bruce''' - bass, lead vocals, harmonica, piano, cello, guitar, calliope, recorder, organ (1966-1968, 1993, 2005)
* '''[[Music/EricClapton Eric Clapton]]''' - guitar, lead vocals (1966-1968, 1993, 2005)

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!!Studio Discography:

* 1966 - ''Fresh Cream''
* 1966 - ''Fresh Cream'' [[note]]This edition of ''Fresh Cream'' was released only in Sweden. It changed the track-listing, and added ''Wrapping Paper'' and ''The Coffee Song''[[/note]]
* 1967 - ''Fresh Cream'' [[note]]This edition of ''Fresh Cream'' was released only in the US. It changed the track-listing, omitted ''Spoonful'', and added ''I Feel Free''[[/note]]
* 1967 - ''Disraeli Gears''
* 1968 - ''Wheels On Fire'' [[note]]The first half of the album was recorded in the studio[[/note]]
* 1969 - ''Goodbye'' [[note]]The last three songs on side 2 was recorded in the studio[[/note]]

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!!Live Discography:

* 1968 - ''Wheels On Fire'' [[note]]The second half of the album was recorded live[[/note]]
* 1969 - ''Goodbye'' [[note]]Side one of the album and the first song of side two were recorded live[[/note]]
* 1970 - ''Live Cream''
* 1972 - ''Live Cream Volume II''
* 2003 - ''BBC Sessions''
* 2006 - ''Royal Albert Hall London May 2-3-5-6, 2005''

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!!Non-album singles:

* 1966 - ''Wrapping Paper'' [[note]]Otherwise available on the Swedish version of their 1966 album ''Fresh Cream'', but not on a UK album[[/note]]
** ''Cat's Squirrel'' as the B-side
* 1966 - ''I Feel Free'' [[note]]Otherwise available on the US version of their 1966 album ''Fresh Cream'', but not on a UK album[[/note]]
** ''N.S.U.'' as the B-side [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1966 album ''Fresh Cream''[[/note]]
* 1968 - ''Anyone For Tennis''
** ''Pressed Rat And Warthog'' as the B-side

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!!This band provides examples of:

* BluesRock: If not the TropeCodifier, then certainly the most important GenrePopularizer.
* CreativeDifferences: Averted, as Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker's fights were well known and the main reason they quit.
* CoolOldGuy: All the members (now).
* CoverVersion: Side two of ''Fresh Cream'', almost the entire live discs of ''Wheels of Fire'' and ''Goodbye'', and parts of ''Disraeli Gears''. Worth noting is they would often [[RearrangeTheSong rearrange them.]]
* DistinctDoubleAlbum: ''Wheels of Fire''.
* DreamTeam: The [[TropeNamer first super-group.]]
* EpicRocking: These were the guys who started it! To EndingFatigue levels, in fact. Which was due to a severe GoneHorriblyRight: at their first concerts, they didn't have a big repertoire so they'd stretch out by jamming. Pretty soon the only reason people came to their shows was to hear their jamming. [[Music/VanHalen Eddie Van Halen]] once referred to their style by saying "they had this quality of falling down the stairs and landing on their feet."
* GratuitousPanning: In most songs on ''Fresh Cream'' and ''Disraeli Gears'', all the drums were on the right channel. In "I Feel Free," all the main instruments were on the right channel, the tambourine was on the left, and the vocals were in the middle. In "Mother's Lament," the reverb on the vocals was only on the right channel.
* GreekMythology: They recorded a song called "Tales of Brave Ulysses" based on ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.
* ImportFilter: Both ways. Cream had many American influences like RobertJohnson and Howlin' Wolf (in fact, they were much more into these people than Americans). [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff And Cream were VERY popular in America]].
* LeadBassist: Jack Bruce is a Type A and a Type B. When Cream were recording most of their material he was by far the best-known member of the band, and he was also their lead vocalist as well as by far the largest contributor in terms of original songs. Also somewhat averted, though, as Clapton's fame has obviously overshadowed his these days, and Ginger Baker has gotten quite a lot of exposure since the band's break-up as well. Then again, in a power trio as influential as Cream and consisting of three virtuosos, they're all going to attract quite a lot of attention.
* NonAppearingTitle: "Badge."
* ProgressiveRock: Arguably one of the {{Trope Codifier}}s or {{Ur Example}}s, depending on your interpretation.
* PsychedelicRock: Again, one of the {{Trope Codifier}}s.
* RearrangeTheSong: "Crossroads", from RobertJohnson's "Cross Road Blues". Those awesome guitar solos? Clapton's additions.
* RockTrio
* ShortLivedBigImpact
* StepUpToTheMicrophone: Clapton takes the lead on "Strange Brew" and "Outside Woman Blues", and additionally sings the chorus of "Sunshine of Your Love" and the bridge of "White Room". Baker provides SpokenWordInMusic on "Pressed Rat and Warthog", and sings additional vocals on "Mother's Lament" and "Those Were the Days"
* UncommonTime: On ''Wheels of Fire''.
* WordSaladLyrics: "Doing That Scrapyard Thing".
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