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.Cream was an extremely influential English band active from 1966 to 1969, reuniting a few times since. Cream was made up of Eric Clapton (guitar & vocals), Ginger Baker (drums), and Jack Bruce (lead vocals & bass). All three musicians were already well known in the English rock scene at the time, thus making Cream one of the first supergroups and the 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
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, died 2014)
- Eric Clapton - guitar, lead vocals (1966-1968, 1993, 2005)
- 1966 - Fresh Cream
- 1966 - Fresh Cream note
- 1967 - Fresh Cream note
- 1967 - Disraeli Gears
- 1968 - Wheels Of Fire note
- 1969 - Goodbye note
- 1968 - Wheels Of Fire note
- 1969 - Goodbye note
- 1970 - Live Cream
- 1972 - Live Cream Volume II
- 2003 - BBC Sessions
- 2006 - Royal Albert Hall London May 2-3-5-6, 2005
- 1966 - "Wrapping Paper" note / "Cat's Squirrel"
- 1966 - "I Feel Free" note / "N.S.U." note
- 1968 - "Anyone For Tennis" / "Pressed Rat And Warthog"
This band provides examples of:
- Blues Rock: If not the Trope Codifier, then certainly the most important Genre Popularizer.
- Creative Differences: Averted, as Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker's fights were well known and the main reason they quit.
- Cool Old Guy: Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker.
- Cover Version: 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 rearrange them.
- Distinct Double Album: Wheels Of Fire.
- Dream Team: The first super-group.
- When Clapton recruited Bruce and Baker, he was unaware that the two had in fact had a feud running between them. This stemmed from the time they had played together in another band, where Baker had fired Bruce and threatened him with a knife. Surprisingly (and luckily), they put aside their differences in order to work with Clapton.
- Epic Rocking: These were the guys who started it! To Ending Fatigue levels, in fact. Which was due to a severe Gone Horribly Right: 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. Eddie Van Halen once referred to their style by saying "they had this quality of falling down the stairs and landing on their feet."
- Gratuitous Panning: 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.
- Import Filter: Both ways. Cream had many American influences like Robert Johnson and Howlin' Wolf (in fact, they were much more into these people than Americans). And Cream were VERY popular in America.
- Lead Bassist: Jack Bruce was 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.
- Loudness War: Baker and Bruce actually engaged in a live version, loading the stage with newer and increasingly advanced amplifiers, attempting to drown one another out. Clapton eventually realised he could stop playing completely unnoticed.
- Non-Appearing Title: "Badge."
- Progressive Rock: Arguably one of the Trope Codifiers or Ur Examples, depending on your interpretation.
- Psychedelic Rock: Again, one of the Trope Codifiers.
- Rearrange the Song: "Crossroads", from Robert Johnson's "Cross Road Blues". Those awesome guitar solos? Clapton's additions.
- Rock Trio
- Short-Lived Big Impact
- Step Up to the Microphone: 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 Spoken Word in Music on "Pressed Rat and Warthog", and sings additional vocals on "Mother's Lament" and "Those Were the Days"
- Uncommon Time: On Wheels Of Fire.
- Word Salad Lyrics: "Doing That Scrapyard Thing".