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Cream: As You Said

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Really this should be credited to Jack Bruce, as he does everything here except for Ginger Baker's high-hat cymbal. And the lyrics are by Pete Brown. I liked Cream's music well enough but was never a zealous fan, which is evident from the fact that this was by far my favorite track on the Wheels of Fire album, and sounds utterly unlike everything else on it. (Later on I came to like the live "Crossroads" on the same album as much as this, although they're so different that they can't really be compared musically.)


Jack Bruce went on to record several solo albums with mostly surrealistic lyrics by Pete Brown and a strange off-kilter musical sensibility having little in common with the blues-rock of Cream. They weren't very popular, but those of us who like them really like them. The first, Songs For A Tailor, is my favorite, and in fact one of my very favorite albums of the late '60s/early '70s. This song would have been much more home there than on a Cream album. I've sometimes wondered what Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker thought of it.



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