00individual was blessed to be in attendance for a truly classic and historic concert:
CREAM with Spirit – March 18, 1968
Anaheim Convention Center Arena, Anaheim, CA (capacity: 9,100)
00individual and a few friends’ seats were mid-way back and mid-way up to the left of stage; back then the music, sound, and performances were great but the band members are these brightly-lit miniature Rock Stars on stage. There were no huge monitor/screens to bring the artists closer to their less-fortunately seated fans back in ’68.
This was 00individual’s first indoor arena concert and it seemed huge even though it was half the size of the Fabulous Forum, so relatively speaking these were good seats!
This concert has always left a definite “flavor” in his mind; it was/is one of those memories that brings him right back to that era of experience – virtually all music can have that effect for one reason or another, but this is sideways from that, more emblematic of a period-shift or state of mind shift.
In August 1968, 00individual was six months away from high school graduation – he was One of the Last of the Los Angeles City School District Mid-Termers and graduated high school in February 1969.
This is important because in 00individual’s world most all of the major bands like Cream were five to ten years older, (The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Rollng Stones, and Jimi Hendrix were all ten years older) so there was a nice feel that all of these guys were like older brothers that he grew up with that always pulled 00individual forward into their world of experience which made the real world an incredible adventure.
The “Wheels of Fire” album live cuts were featured, and the fans were treated to lengthy jams plus “Sunshine of Your Love”; Groovy!
00individual had listened to “Wheels”, “Gears”, and “Fresh” so many times that to hear the songs live was truly Far Out!
Cream Lineup: Eric Clapton (guitar), Jack Bruce (bass) and Ginger Baker (drums).
Set List: Spoonful, Sunshine of Your Love, Rollin’ & Tumblin’, Stepping Out, Traintime, Toad, I’m So Glad.
EXPERIENCE ROCK HISTORY!
CREAM – WHEELS OF FIRE – August 9, 1968
Here’s what made the ’60s and ’70s sooooo grrrreat; the music!
Those getting high from Marijuana, Uppers, Downers, and Hashish were all wonderful introductions into new worlds where the five senses became heightened, and a sixth became known. These ventures into mind-altering drugs and plants saw the emergence of a culture that was represented musically by bands that were experiencing the same things that they were. The revelations and experiences from LSD, Mescaline, Psilocybin, and Peyote were pressed into vinyl and heard by greatful thankful ears, minds, and bodies.
For an example of what Psychonauts, Rockers, and the Counter-Culture were into in ’68 just take a good look at the Cream Wheels of Fire album cover and the music inside – Psychedelic Hard Rock Blues!
Disc one: In the Studio
1. “White Room (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown) 4:58
2. “Sitting on Top of the World” (Walter Vinson, Lonnie Chatmon; arr. Chester Burnett) 4:58
3. “Passing the Time” (Ginger Baker, Mike Taylor) 4:37
4. “As You Said” (Bruce, Brown) 4:20
1. “Pressed Rat and Warthog” (Baker, Taylor) 3:13
2. “Politician” (Bruce, Brown) 4:12
3. “Those Were the Days” (Baker, Taylor) 2:53
4. “Born Under a Bad Sign” (Booker T. Jones, William Bell) 3:09
5. “Deserted Cities of the Heart” (Bruce, Brown) 3:38
Disc two: Live at the Fillmore
1. “Crossroads” (Robert Johnson, arr. Clapton) 10 March 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco, CA. (1st show) 4:13
2. “Spoonful” (Willie Dixon) 10 March 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco, CA. (1st show) 16:43
1. “Traintime” (Bruce) 8 March 1968 at Winterland, San Francisco, CA. (1st show) 7:01
2. “Toad” (Baker) 7 March 1968 at The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA. (2nd show) 16:15
“Wheels” was an end of Summer ’68 monster, and possibly the highpoint of the originators of the Super Group Power Trio; those were the days, yes they were, those were the days.
This double album cover was done in a monochromatic metallic gray and the images were a deliberate display of the psychedelic vibe that CREAM led with Disraeli Gears as part of the Top 13 Historic & Classic Psychedelic Albums of 1967.
Martin Sharp designed the Wheels of Fire gatefold sleeve for which he won the New York Art Directors Prize for Best Album Design in 1969.
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