CREAM – FRESH CREAM
December 1966 UK / January 1967 US
Well, here we are Kiddies, dis dos bee duh wahn.
End of ’66 beginning of ’67 was pivotal for 00individual – wouldn’t be street legal at 16 until two months into ’67, was initiated into the world of Marijuana in the meantime, and was captured by the Super Blues of Cream’s debut album “Fresh Cream”.
The Tribe I ran with were all into the British Blues so we were hip to John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton: pre-Yardbirds, pre-Cream, pre-Blind Faith, pre-Derek, etc.
Fresh Cream had some baddass tracks goin’ on and Cream easily pulled way out ahead with the birth of the original Power Trio of Ginger Baker, able to drum solo for as long as it takes, and Jack Bruce, a double threat with bass licks drenched in performances with top jazz/blues groups and easily one of the Best Rock Blues Vocalists, ever.
This album became a “guilty by association” sensory trigger released at the time of 00individual’s Initial Marijuana Awareness.
Memories are clear of secret discreet meetings where we would smoke the exciting, highly anticipatory “weed”.
These covert meetings, wherever and whenever, began the Tribal tradition of passing the pipe/joint around the circle in the ubiquitous tee-pees symbolically-erected in houses, rooms, dorms, garages, cars, vans, yards, parks, alleys, and anywhere that kept everything cool while getting high.
There was always music in the foreground/background, and usually with Fresh Cream as a sonic partner in High Adventure!
And here’s the thing, albums, like Fresh Cream, took on a meaningful aura, for not only were they groundbreaking in their sound but also in their presence. The Fresh Cream album took on a mysterious vibe that traveled with us through our daily journeys to the Lands of Strange Fun and Awareness. Music never sounded like this before, stoned, or not.
I Feel Free” Bruce, Pete Brown 2:52
“N.S.U.” Bruce 2:44
“Sleepy Time Time” Bruce, Godfrey 4:20
“Dreaming” Bruce 2:00
“Sweet Wine” Baker, Godfrey 3:18
“Cat’s Squirrel” (instrumental) Traditional, arr. S. Splurge 3:03
“Four Until Late” (Lead vocals: Eric Clapton) Robert Johnson, arr. Eric Clapton 2:07
“Rollin’ and Tumblin'” McKinley Morganfield 4:42
“I’m So Glad” Skip James 3:57
“Toad” (Instrumental) Baker 5:11
Cream was unique, their sound fuller, their Rock harder – yet melodic, and the tracks; I Feel Free, N.S.U., Dreaming, Spoonful, Cat’s Squirrel, I’m So Glad were liberating monsters to us!
Anthems, Blues and Jams – doesn’t get any better. Especially, for us Hard Rockin’ Teens, because back then there was a feeling, a vibe and it said,
I FEEL FREE, I’M SO GLAD
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