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    Short lived but left their mark forever on the face of rock music. I'll never forget my sophomore year in HS my music teacher playing the Beatles and Cream in class. Unheard of of! June 11, 1966 marks the date of the group's formation.
    The English weekly music paper Melody Maker revealed the news of the band, known as the first supergroup. Amazing how young their guitarist was...
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    "The Cream" as they called it in the UK. Did you ever see that interview of Clapton, in full psych regalia, being interviewed by a guy with those heavy black eye glasses and skinny suit/tie, explaining how a 'wah-wah' pedal works? It's pretty hilarious, Clapton seemed stoned out of his gourd. I think he was really at his peak in the early years, up through, say, Layla. Ginger Baker-crazy man, jazz and afro-poly rhythms, probably a better drummer than he is given credit for. Jack Bruce- one of those hugely under-rated talents. There is a video of him playing a piano and singing Theme for an Imaginary Western at his home- what a stunning voice. They were really talented.

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    • MylesBAstor
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      Do you really think Baker and Bruce are underated Bill???

  • #3
    I remember Baker being awarded best drummer several times by Playboy magazine. I was sure they were right...until I heard Morello

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    • #4
      Cream shouldn't even be discussed in the same paragraph let alone the same sentence as the Beatles. Yes, Cream was good and they had a few hit songs, but still...
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      • rbbert
        rbbert commented
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        Fleetwood Mac, so to speak

      • RandyRobinson
        RandyRobinson commented
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        Peter Green succeeded Clapton. Mick Taylor replaced Green when he left, taking Fleetwood and McVie with him.

      • MylesBAstor
        MylesBAstor commented
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        Can't put anything past you guys! I am always amazed by the people who played with John Mayall. I/we played Turning Point to death in college.

    • #5
      Few bands have the clout that the Beatles did. Having said that there are many views to the debate. Is it sales , albums , longevity and so on.
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        Originally posted by mep View Post
        Cream shouldn't even be discussed in the same paragraph let alone the same sentence as the Beatles. Yes, Cream was good and they had a few hit songs, but still...
        Kinda different, though, don't you think? I mean, it's like comparing BBQ to french cuisine- you could say one is more refined, or whatever, but both still good. Unfortunately, I can't think of any recordings that sound great among Cream's repertoire. (Maybe there is one and I forget).

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        • #7
          I have a cream album on sacd. Whiteroom was a song I could play on the bass in a band. It was one of the bands to play and thinking back the music was simple. At 60
          it was my error too and still is today. Rock for me back then was about beat and content not quality.
          Black Sabbath as well. I think Sabbath is way above cream but I do get the future Suoer stars of cream. Also
          Eric Clapton is like a PAUL McCarthy morning many times
          a fav of Clapton is a double live album at ALBERT hall.
          It's a great set of old and newer.
          I hope I am making sense and not off topic
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          • #8
            The Beatles are in a class by themselves. Cream was great but a flash in the pan. I recall my first semester at college in Boulder, the fall of 1967 - "Sunshine of Your Love" seemed to play nonstop from the jukebox in the Sink bar where you could drink 3.2 beer at 18.

            A good friend of mine who grew up in the Bay Area here was about 16 at the time and was at Winterland when Cream recorded the live second LP from "Wheels of Fire".
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              • mkuller
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                Blind Faith!

            • #10
              Time and place. Clapton got that feedback driven sound out of a Les Paul (or SG, whatever) and they were in the thick of the hard psych scene. There's a lot to love about Cream, musically. I just think the comparisons are misplaced- they aren't The Beatles and didn't purport to be-- you know, to Clapton's credit, he paid Skip James 10 grand for the right to use "I'm So Glad"- James was in desperate straits -- he was in the hospital when re-discovered by the blues revivalists. Cream were also a jam band- the records apparently don't show what they were really capable of live. Unfortunately, they were gone before I was ever able to go hear them. (The tone Clapton got was like riding lightening but sweet). Bruce's voice was gorgeous. Baker- well, he was/is what he is (that documentary about him captures him in full flourish).

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              • MylesBAstor
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                "Clapton is God." 😇

            • #11
              I cherish both Cream and the Beatles but they are totally different animals......
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              • rbbert
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                And this is key IMHO. The Beatles were all about pushing pop music to its limits; Cream were about instrumental virtuosity and trying to show that improvised rock could be the musical equal of improvised jazz.

              • MylesBAstor
                MylesBAstor commented
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                Exactly!

              • JCOConnell
                JCOConnell commented
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                right, the Beatles were about concise songs, whereas Cream was about instrumental jams.

            • #12
              I was lucky enough to see both Cream and the JHE while in high school
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