Cream — Live Cream

$21.95

180g Vinyl + Digital Download

Cream’s 1970 live compilation album features tracks from three May 1968 shows, including a high-energy rendition of Muddy Waters’ Rollin’ and Tumblin’.

There’s only five songs on this LP, but this is power trio jamming at its best — an amazing fusion of jazz, blues and rock, played live and loud!

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Caution: May set turntable on fire

Eric Clapton is on fire on this live classic as he teams up with Jack Bruce on vocals, bass and harmonica, and mad man Ginger Baker on drums. Bruce and Baker were highly regarded jazz musicians on the London scene in the mid-sixties, and it shows in the back-and-forth that elevates the album’s basic blues material to the sophistication of a great jazz trio.

All the live songs (Lawdy Mama is the only studio cut) are from the first Cream album, Fresh Cream. But the songs are really just the launching point for the extended jams that make Cream, well … Cream.

Side 1:

  1. N.S.U. (10:13)
  2. Sleepy Time Time (6:50)
  3. Lawdy Mama (2:47)

Side 2:

  1. Sweet Wine (15:08)
  2. Rollin’ And Tumblin’ (6:36)

Considered to be the first rock “super group,” the band was reportedly crowned “Cream” in recognition of Clapton, Bruce and Baker as the “cream of the crop” in the exploding mid-sixties British music scene (thankfully, an earlier choice of band name — Sweet ‘n’ Sour Rock 'n' Roll — didn’t make the cut!). You can see how well the lads have aged with this video of Rollin’ and Tumblin’ from their 2005 reunion at Royal Albert Hall.

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