Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 1993

Inducted by: ZZ Top

Nominated in: 1992   1993

First Eligible: 1992 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1992 (ranked #78) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Fresh Cream (1966)
Disraeli Gears (1967)
Wheels Of Fire (1968)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
I Feel Free (1966)
Sunshine Of Your Love (1967)
Strange Brew (1967)
Tales of Brave Ulysses (1967)
White Room (1968)
Crossroads (1968)
Badge (1969)

Cream @ Wikipedia

Cream Videos


9 comments so far (post your own)

Possibly the most impressive band in rock history. Their style of playing and solos came almost out of nowhere in the mid-60s. A hugely talented band and definitely the forefathers of all hard rock.

Posted by Metalsmith on Wednesday, 03.5.08 @ 19:24pm

Truly a remarkable band

Posted by Keebord on Friday, 09.19.08 @ 18:51pm

Call me crazy but I always preferred the album "Wheels of Fire" over "Gears." Don't get me wrong, Gears was good but it didn't have "White Room" or "Strange Brew"

Posted by Keebord on Sunday, 10.12.08 @ 11:02am

Top 5 Songs:

1. White Room
2. Sunshine of Your Love
3. Strange Brew
4. Rollin' and Tumblin'
5. Crossroads

Posted by The One on Wednesday, 12.17.08 @ 14:01pm

What?! Cream didn't get in on first ballot! What kind of hall of fame is this??!!

Posted by Fresh Cream on Wednesday, 12.17.08 @ 14:05pm

Five favorites:

1. Sunshine of your Love

2. I Feel Free

3. Were Going Wrong

4. Deserted Cities of the Heart

5. Badge

Posted by Cheesecrop on Wednesday, 12.17.08 @ 17:28pm

RIP, Jack Bruce

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Saturday, 10.25.14 @ 12:39pm

Doesn't seem to be a Jack Bruce page here, so I'll post this here...

It should tell you something that although the rock power trio Cream featured Eric Clapton, he was not the most interesting (or arguably even the most overall talented) member of that trio. Jack Bruce-singer, bassist, composer-was. Although Cream was shortlived (1966-68) they had a huge impact. It was three virtuosos, all, sometimes with musical violence, fighting for attention. At times, especially in the live setting, that made for overindulgence and chaos. But when it clicked, it was incredibly exciting and visceral listening. Clapton is Clapton, and this was his guitar god period where he wasn't afraid to be a bad-ass. Ginger Baker on drums was a virtuoso as well, but listen closely to many of Cream's songs, and you will hear the bass guitar acting as a second lead instrument along with Clapton's more obvious guitar, flying with the same speed and creative fire. But on a bass, which is harder to do. (One of the best examples is on the live "Crossroads" from Wheels of Fire, which is one of Clapton's finest moments as a guitarist. Clapton also sings lead on that one. But listen closely, underneath Clapton's guitar fireworks, what Jack Bruce is doing is just incredible.) Bruce was one of the all time great rock bassists (up there with John Entwistle, Chris Squier or Sting), acknowledged by many of his peers as a four string deity. He had jazz chops, really, playing with a fluid style, often on a fretless bass. He was also behind many of Cream's hits as a songwriter, and sang most of their tunes as well.

For most casual classic rock listeners Jack Bruce's story ends with Cream. But he went on to release many challenging, daring solo records (and was working right up to Spring of this year). If you are at all curious, his Songs For a Tailor (1969) ***** and Harmony Row (1971) **** are superb and worth searching out, revelations to listeners only familiar with "Sunshine of Your Love" or "White Room." In my book, they are more adventurous than anything Clapton put out post-Cream.

RIP Jack Bruce

Posted by Dezmond on Sunday, 10.26.14 @ 23:50pm

RIP, Robert Stigwood

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Monday, 01.4.16 @ 21:01pm

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