Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce. If you were into classic rock in the late 60s, you knew them collectively as Cream. Now, January 27 will bring us the deluxe edition release of Fresh Cream, the debut album by British power trio.
Cream’s 1966 debut album celebrates its 50th anniversary with a four-disc deluxe edition that includes mono and stereo mixes of the original LP, among other goodies like assorted singles and BBC sessions recorded around the time of the album’s original release.
Originally released at the height of the UK blues bloom, Fresh Cream showcased the talents of three of the then music scene’s brightest lights: Clapton, fresh from John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers; drummer Baker, straight from the Graham Bond Organisation and bassist musician Bruce who, at the time, had just left Manfred Mann.
Highlights include a spine-tingling vocal on the Willie Dixon classic, “Spoonful;” the self-penned “Sleepy Time Time,” which gave Clapton a free hand to wake up all and sundry, and a rousing treatment of the traditional standard, “Cat’s Squirrel,” which alerted listeners to just how well the trio musically complemented each other. Make note: A special 6LP vinyl edition of Fresh Cream will also be released in April 2017.