Cream was one of rock's first supergroups, pulling together guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. Baker and Bruce had played together in Alexis Korner's Blues Inc. and the Graham Bond Organization; Clapton and Bruce were in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, after the former left the Yardbirds. The group released only a handful of albums before they split up due to tension between Bruce and Baker. But their thunderous trio approach to electric blues influenced everyone from the Jimi Hendrix Experience to Led Zeppelin. After they broke up, Clapton and Baker formed Blind Faith.
How Cream Merged Superstar Talent for the Bold 'Fresh Cream'
Tension subtly fueled the band's four albums, starting with this one.
Cream's Debut Album to Be Reissued in Four-Disc Deluxe Edition
Cream's 1966 debut album will celebrate its 50th anniversary a month late with a four-disc deluxe edition set for release in 2017.
Robert Stigwood, Former Manager of Cream and the Bee Gees, Dies
Robert Stigwood also briefly lured the Who away from Brunswick Records long enough to record the hit "Substitute."
How Going Psychedelic Led to Cream's Masterpiece 'Disraeli Gears'
All these years later, this still shines as their crowning achievement.