Thank You Cream For Introducing Me To The Blues

I found myself wondering where the blues took hold with me. I attribute my 47+ year fascination with the blues to the band Cream.

The year was 1968 a formative time in my life. I was listening intently to progressive rock format via WNEW-FM 102.7, New York City.

The radio personalities on that station were influencing my tastes and direction. They poured a healthy amount of Cream during their shifts.

The standout recording for me was “Sunshine of Your Love” from Disraeli Gears. I wore that vinyl LP down along with several stereo needles on the hi-fi system in my bedroom.

This song and album anchored my interest in Cream. I purchased their other two albums, Fresh Cream and Wheels of Fire in short order. Cream constituted my listening hours for months.

I discovered a great deal about the blues with “Spoonful” by Willie Dixon, “I’m So Glad” by Skip James and “Crossroads” by Robert Johnson.

Time to give Cream a deeper blues appreciation this weekend. 🙂

I can walk down the street, there’s no one there
Though the pavements are one huge crowd
I can drive down the road, my eyes don’t see
Though my mind wants to cry out loud

I Feel Free – Fresh Cream, Writer(s): Jack Bruce, Peter Constantine Brown, Pete Brown, Ben Langmaid, Copyright: Dratleaf Music Ltd., Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.



The Velvet Underground & Nico

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The Velvet Underground & Nico – Often Voted As The Most Influential Record of the Late 20th Century

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Recorded in 1966 during Andy Warhol‘s Exploding Plastic Inevitable multimedia event tour, The Velvet Underground & Nico vinyl LP was released in March, 1967. It received very little attention in the year of the Summer of Love when albums such as  The Beatles, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced, Cream’s Disraeli Gears, and Love’s Forever Changes drove album play.

It was not until decades later that the album received almost unanimous praise by many rock critics, many of whom made particular note of its influence in modern rock music. In April 2003, Spin put the album at the number one spot of their “Top Fifteen Most Influential Albums of All Time” list.[17] On November 12, 2000, NPR included it in their “NPR 100” series of “the most important American musical works of the 20th century”.[18] Rolling Stone placed it at number 13 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” in November 2003, calling it “the most prophetic rock album ever made.”[1][19]

All songs written by Lou Reed unless otherwise noted.

Side one
  1. Sunday Morning” (Reed, Cale) – 2:54
  2. I’m Waiting for the Man” – 4:39
  3. Femme Fatale” – 2:38
  4. Venus in Furs” – 5:12
  5. Run Run Run” – 4:22
  6. All Tomorrow’s Parties” – 6:00
Side two
  1. Heroin” – 7:12
  2. There She Goes Again” – 2:41
  3. I’ll Be Your Mirror” – 2:14
  4. The Black Angel’s Death Song” (Reed, Cale) – 3:11
  5. European Son” (Reed, Cale, MorrisonTucker) – 7:46

Sunshine of Your Love – Daily Post 2011 #5

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This post is about the song Sunshine of Your Love performed by three legendary guitarists.

Cream in 1968 had their first hit with the song “Sunshine of Your Love”. It was Cream’s only gold-selling single in the United States. It was written by Jack Bruce, lyricist Pete Brown, and Eric Clapton. What I find interesting is how the song relates to Jimi Hendrix. Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton attended a Jimi Hendrix concert at the Saville Theatre in London prior to the invention of the main riff of “Sunshine of Your Love”, which Jack Bruce created after the concert. The riff can be directly attributed to Hendrix’s style of playing, echoing in Jack Bruce’s head.

Pete Brown wrote the lyrics in that same all night session with Bruce. Clapton later added the bridge and Ginger Baker, the syncopation of African drums.

altJimi Hendrix recorded “Sunshine of Your Love” on February 16, 1969 at Olympic Studios in London. It appears on the 2010 Valleys of Neptune as a previously unreleased studio recording. The Hendrix track is an instrumental featuring The Jimi Hendrix Experience nucleus (Jimi Hendrix, Guitar, Noel Redding, Bass and Mitch Mitchell, Drums) plus Rocki Dzidzornu on percussion.

Valleys of Neptune

Carlos Santana recorded “Sunshine of Your Love” with Rob Thomas on vocal and Santana band backing them up on his CD Guitar Heaven. I have seen Santana perform “Sunshine of Your Love” twice live with Andy Vargas very ably handling lead vocal.