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Cream (band)

British supergroup: Eric Clapton (guitar), Ginger Baker (drums) and Jack Bruce (bass) formed in 1967. Group only stayed together for two years. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

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  • Nov 9, 2010
A superb rock group that is virtually responsible for all of the major bands of the late '60s and '70s use of blues riffs and driving hard rock melodies. Before Led Zeppelin, these were the kings of rock and roll!
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November 10, 2010

A fabulous band.  It's a real shame they did not lay down more tracks during their all too brief run in the late 1960's.

November 10, 2010
True, however they made good use of their time and every single track is spectacular. "Tales of Brave Ulysses", "Sunshine of Your Love" and "White Room" are three of my favorite classic rock songs.
November 11, 2010
I love Sunshine of Your Love- the first song I learned to play on bass ;p
November 11, 2010
It is a great bass line. I didn't realized you played, Sam. Any chance you'll form a band of Lunchers?
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Although Cream was only together for a little more than two years, their influence was immense, both during their late-'60s peak and in the years following their breakup. Cream was the first top group to truly exploit the power-trio format, in the process laying the foundation for much blues-rock and hard rock of the 1960s and 1970s. It was with Cream, too, that guitarist Eric Clapton truly became an international superstar. Critical revisionists have tagged the band as overrated, citing the musicians' emphasis upon flash, virtuosity, and showmanship at the expense of taste and focus. This was sometimes true of their live shows in particular, but in reality the best of their studio recordings were excellent fusions of blues, pop, and psychedelia, with concise original material outnumbering the bloated blues jams and overlong solos.

Cream could be viewed as the first rock supergroup to become superstars, although none of the three members were that well-known when the band formed in mid-1966. Eric Clapton had the biggest reputation, having established himself as a guitar hero first with the Yardbirds, and then in a more blues-intensive environment with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. (In the States, however, he was all but unknown, having left the Yardbirds before "For Your Love" made the American Top Ten.) Bassist/singer Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker had both been in the Graham Bond Organisation, an underrated British R&B combo that drew ...
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