Cream, considered the prototype of the rock supergroup, are headed up the charts again. Cream performances originally produced for BBC Radio 1 have surfaced on Cream BBC Sessions. Fans are revisiting the hard rock band in its heyday on tracks dusted off for this collection.

     Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, and Eric Clapton, an unbelievable power trio formed in 1966, were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in 1993. 20 of the 22 tracks collected on this recording have never been officially issued until now.

     These BBC Radio 1 performances stretch from broadcasts in November 1966 through January 1968. These alternate takes provide another airing of Cream's classic catalogue. Eric Clapton is the only member of Cream featured in four snippets of interviews conducted by BBC program hosts.

     Outstanding BBC tracks include a crisp version of "Sweet Wine" co-written by Baker, a runaway cover of "Rollin' And Tumblin'", the first unissued instrumental version of "Stepping Out", Bruce's frantic "Traintime", "Strange Brew" featuring Clapton's strong vocals and fluid leads, an R&B drenched rendition of "Born Under A Bad Sign" sung by Bruce, and a stellar example of Cream's combustible style on "Swlabr".

RockonTour   Issue #20
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Rising to the Top of the Pops
Cream recordings for BBC Radio 1 released

by Timothy Tilghman