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5.0 out of 5 stars Cream's best record?, 17 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Fresh Cream (Audio CD)
'Fresh Cream' was Cream's first release, recorded within a few months of them getting together. It was probably one of the first 'progressive blues' records and as such sounded different to anything else around in 1966, apart from perhaps Jimi Hendrix. Looking back now it seems to contain a slightly odd mix of melodic pop - "I Feel Free", "NSU" "Sweet Wine", updated country blues - "Four Until Late", "I'm So Glad" and harder-edged blues workouts - "Spoonful", "Cat's Squirrel" and "Rollin' And Tumblin'". As time went on it was these workouts that would come to dominate their set as extended jams but here they are relatively concise and in my opinion all the better for that.

Although Clapton's guitar is very much to the fore, the exceptional rhythm section of Bruce and Baker is very much an equal part of the overall sound, perhaps the first time in rock that the bass had been used in such an upfront way. Bruce's powerful and emotional baritone vocals were also a major and very distinctive element in their sound. I was never very keen on the drum solo "Toad" - not one for repeated plays.

For me this was Cream's best record, combining melody and emotion, with muscular playing that was relatively free but still disciplined and succinct. I think that later on they probably managed to combine the pop and blues elements better into songs like "Sunshine of your love" and "Strange Brew" but the later live extended versions of many of these songs added little to these original versions. Here they sound fresh and agile, and far from the lumbering dinosaur they would later turn into.
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Initial post: 18 Aug 2015 17:38:46 BDT
there is a lot more to this review than I thought -first I went and bought the vinyl then really listened to how everyone plays. A great insight was gained and much enjoyment had from really listening to what each musician is playing. Whether you agree that this is Cream's best doesn't matter - the music and musicianship is there for you to savour. Thanks for your insight

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2015 20:13:43 BDT
Thank you - glad you enjoyed the record.
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