One of the most influential groups in modern musical history, it is nothing short of astonishing how much Cream achieved in their brief career between 1966 and 1968. Routinely described as the first 'supergroup' of the rock era, Cream brought together members of The Yardbirds, The Graham Bond Organisation and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. The trio of Clapton, Bruce and Baker produced a fearsomely loud sound that was to prove highly influential in the development of the heavy rock genre in the following decade. Like Jimi Hendrix, they based their sound on the blues and jazz traditions but updated for a modern electric rock group. The peerless rhythm section of Baker and Bruce provided the bedrock for Clapton's fluid guitar playing, while frequent collaborator Pete Brown invested their lyrics with a whimsical edge that fitted into the counter-culture of the late 60s. The trio also retained a pop element to their sound that helped several of their singles become major international hits. While all the members went on to successful solo careers, it was a source of great joy for many fans when they reunited in 2005 to play a series of sold-out concerts.
Followers: Mountain, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Thin Lizzy, Taste, Bakerloo
Influenced By: Muddy Waters, Graham Bond, Charles Mingus, Robert Johnson, Phil Seamen...