Thank You Cream For Introducing Me To The Blues

I found myself wondering where the blues took hold with me. I attribute my 47+ year fascination with the blues to the band Cream.

The year was 1968 a formative time in my life. I was listening intently to progressive rock format via WNEW-FM 102.7, New York City.

The radio personalities on that station were influencing my tastes and direction. They poured a healthy amount of Cream during their shifts.

The standout recording for me was “Sunshine of Your Love” from Disraeli Gears. I wore that vinyl LP down along with several stereo needles on the hi-fi system in my bedroom.

This song and album anchored my interest in Cream. I purchased their other two albums, Fresh Cream and Wheels of Fire in short order. Cream constituted my listening hours for months.

I discovered a great deal about the blues with “Spoonful” by Willie Dixon, “I’m So Glad” by Skip James and “Crossroads” by Robert Johnson.

Time to give Cream a deeper blues appreciation this weekend. 🙂

I can walk down the street, there’s no one there
Though the pavements are one huge crowd
I can drive down the road, my eyes don’t see
Though my mind wants to cry out loud

I Feel Free – Fresh Cream, Writer(s): Jack Bruce, Peter Constantine Brown, Pete Brown, Ben Langmaid, Copyright: Dratleaf Music Ltd., Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.

 

 

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