Cream:Rock from United Kingdom.
Cream were a British rock band formed in London in 1966. The group consisted of bassist Jack Bruce, guitarist Eric Clapton, and drummer Ginger Baker. Bruce was the primary songwriter and vocalist, although Clapton and Baker also sang and contributed songs. Formed from members of previously successful bands, they are widely regarded as the world’s first supergroup. Cream were highly regarded for the instrumental proficiency of each of their members.
Tensions between Bruce and Baker led to their decision in May 1968 to break up, though the band were persuaded to make a final album, Goodbye, and to tour, culminating in two final farewell concerts at the Royal Albert Hall on 25 and 26 November 1968 which were filmed and shown in theatres, then in 1977 released as a home video, Farewell Concert.
Cream’s music spanned many genres of rock music, including blues rock (“Crossroads“, “Born Under a Bad Sign“), psychedelic rock (“Tales of Brave Ulysses“, “White Room“), and hard rock (“Sunshine of Your Love“, “SWLABR“). In their career, they sold more than 15 million records worldwide. The group’s third album, Wheels of Fire (1968), is the world’s first platinum-selling double album.
In 1993, Cream were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They were included in both Rolling Stone and VH1‘s lists of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”, at number 67 and 61 respectively. They were also ranked number 16 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock”.
- Ginger Baker† – drums, percussion, backing and lead vocals
- Jack Bruce† – lead and backing vocals, bass guitar, keyboards, piano, harmonica, cello, acoustic guitar
- Eric Clapton – lead and rhythm guitars, backing and lead vocals
Wheels of Fire is the third album by the British rock band Cream. It was released in the US in June 1968 as a two-disc vinyl LP, with one disc recorded in the studio and the other recorded live. It was released in the UK on August 9. It reached number three in the United Kingdom and number one in the United States, Canada and Australia, becoming the world’s first platinum-selling double album.[user-generated source?] In May 2012, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it at number 205 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It was voted number 757 in the third edition of Colin Larkin‘s All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000).
It was also released as two single LPs, Wheels of Fire (In the Studio) and Wheels of Fire (Live at the Fillmore), released together with similar cover art. In the UK the studio album art was black print on aluminium foil, while the live album art was a negative image of the studio cover. In Japan, the studio album art was black on gold foil, while the live album art was black on aluminium foil. In Australia, both covers were laminated copies of the Japanese releases.
|1.||“White Room” (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown 3)||5:03|
|2.||“Sitting on Top of the World” (Walter Vinson, Lonnie Chatmon; arr. Chester Burnett)||5:01|
|3.||“Passing the Time” (Ginger Baker, Mike Taylor 1 3)||4:37|
|4.||“As You Said” (Bruce, Brown)||4:22|