Strange Brew: The Very Best of Cream
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The groundbreaking work of this British psychedelic-blues supergroup deserves more thorough study but this 20-song compilation provides a useful overview for newcomers. Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker--virtuosos all--expanded the parameters of rock by incorporating a jazz sensibility into their distorted blues jams. This compilation mixes their odd original hits with a number of souped-up blues covers. The live version of Robert Johnson's "Crossroads" remains one of the greatest blues workouts a rock band has ever produced. Since Cream released only four albums, this set includes most of the highlights,and it illustrates how Cream cast the seeds of heavy metal. -- Marc Greilsamer
Cream's blues-rooted rock was free, loud, and excessive, notably in concert during the trio's 196~8 lifetime. In the tracks on this compilation grandiloquence takes a backseat to serious, centralized musicmaking, from the straight blues of Robert Johnson's "Crossroads" (recorded live, with guitarist Eric Clapton intelligently taking flight) and Willie Dixon's "Spoonful" (Jack Bruce is a better bassist than harp blower) to splendid chart-denting pop tunes. -- © Frank John Hadley 1993 -- From Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD
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cream of them all (well, perhaps the Beatles were).
Any rate: great selection of songs, from the power
trio band with one great gjitar player, one great
singer/bass player, and one rock solid drummer.
They do not make groups like this any more.