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[Longhorn Review] The Very Best of Cream

Material Type: All, Books — Tags: falstaffpicks — Posted on July 18, 2011, 3:59 pm

By: Cream

A terrific sampling from the fireball that was Cream...and all the proof one
needs as to why Eric Clapton is one of the most influential guitarists in the
history of western music. In their brief three-year career the band released 4
studio LPs and a bevy of live recordings. While criticism of Cream's often overly
indulgent live jams (excepting the fiery live version of "Crossroads") is common
amongst music fans, their legacy truly lives in their remarkable studio work. Each
of their studio LPs sparkle with the inspired and elegant touch of one the the
finest groups to emerge from 1960's British blues boom. The production on the Cream
records is refreshingly raw ("Fresh Cream" is basically a live recording), giving
the music a consistently dangerous edge. Jack Bruce's slinky bass lines and Ginger
Baker's thunderous drumming are thrilling in their masterful urgency. Eric Clapton's
tone and phrasing are simply incomparable throughout Cream's recorded material. The
richness of the music emerges with repeated listens, but its power lies in the
feeling one gets that these tunes are being played for the very first time.

Reviewer: Mark

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