Cream (British 1960s rock band)

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Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton. Their sound was characterised by a hybrid of blues rock, hard rock and psychedelic rock, combining psychedelia-themed lyrics, Clapton's blues guitar playing, Bruce's powerful, lashing voice and prominent bass playing and Baker's jazz-influenced drumming. The group's third album, Wheels of Fire, was the world's first platinum-selling double album. The band is widely regarded as being the world's first successful supergroup. In their career, they sold over 15 million albums worldwide. Their music included songs based on traditional blues such as "Crossroads" and "Spoonful", and modern blues such as "Born Under a Bad Sign", as well as more eccentric songs such as "Strange Brew", "Tales of Brave Ulysses" and "Toad".

The band's biggest hits are "I Feel Free" (UK, number 11), "Sunshine of Your Love" (US, number 5), "White Room" (US, number 6), "Crossroads" (US, number 28), and "Badge" (UK, number 18). The band made a significant impact on the popular music of the time, and, along with Jimi Hendrix, and Terry Kath of Chicago, popularised the use of the wah-wah pedal. They provided a heavy yet technically proficient musical theme that foreshadowed and influenced the emergence of British bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Jeff Beck Group and Black Sabbath in the late 1960s and the early 1970s. The band's live performances influenced progressive rock acts such as Rush. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. They were included in both Rolling Stone and VH1's lists of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time," at number 67 and 61 respectively. They were also ranked number 16 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock".

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Discography

Album

Year Title RatingReleases
1966 Fresh Cream 4.4 13
1967 Disraeli Gears 5 16
1968 Wheels of Fire 4.6 16
1968 Wheels of Fire - In the Studio 1
1969 Goodbye 5 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1969 Best of Cream 1
1972 Heavy Cream 1
1972 I Feel Free 1
1983 Strange Brew: The Very Best of Cream 5 6
1984 Cream 1
1992 White Room - Best 1
1995 The Very Best of Cream 4
1997 Those Were the Days 2
2000 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Cream 1
2005 I Feel Free: Ultimate Cream 2
2005 Cream Gold 4
2011 Icon 1
2011 Icon 2 1
Best Of 1
Cream 1
Creme de la Cream 1
Fresh Outtakes 1
The Best of Cream 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1995 Live Cream & Live Cream, Volume II 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1970 Live Cream 6
1972 Live Cream, Volume 2 4
1995 Tales of Brave 1
2003 BBC Sessions 1
2005 Royal Albert Hall: London May 2-3-5-6 2005 3.5 2
2006 Their Fully Authorised Story in a 2 Disc Deluxe Set 1
The First Farewell 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
1966 Wrapping Paper / Cat's Squirrel 1
1966 I Feel Free 1
1968 Anyone for Tennis (The Savage Seven Theme) 1
1969 Badge 2
Sunshine of Your Love 1
White Room 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
Acid - The Lost Cream Tapes 1
Macrocosm 1
The Cream Remasters 8 - Back Bay Theatre/Winterland Outtakes 1

Live

Year Title RatingReleases
Cream Remasters - East Coast 1

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