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‘Nobody can replace Cream’ — Ginger Baker

Interview by Steve Turner, Beat Instrumental, April 1972

It seems that it’s not only the record-buying public that consider Ginger Baker to be the world’s top drummer. "I haven’t ever heard anybody who’d ...

Ginger Baker

Retrospective by Chris Welch, History of Rock, The, 1982

PETER 'GINGER' BAKER had an enormous and profound effect on the course of rock drumming when his playing and personality first began to make an ...

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Cream's Jack Bruce (1999)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages Audio, September 2001

From Manchester's Twisted Wheel to the Royal Albert Hall: Jack Bruce talks to Johnny Black about the beginning and ending of the first supergroup, Cream

File format: mp3 File size: 23.9mb Interview length: 26 minutes 8 seconds Sound quality: ****

Pete Brown on Cream (and more) (2001)

Interview by Steve Roeser, Rock's Backpages Audio, Spring 2001

The redoubtable Battered Ornament talks about his long writing partnership with Cream's Jack Bruce, getting into blues and poetry, and the Brit Blues boom.

File format: mp3; file size: 27mb, interview length: 29' 28" sound quality: * (phoner)

ARTICLES IN LIBRARY

Cream: Sweet 'N Sour Rock 'N Roll

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1966

A THUNDER of blues in a church hall complete with Brownies and caretakers was the bizarre setting for the first tentative creations of the Cream ...

Cream Are The Very End!

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, NME, October 1966

"THE First is last and the last is first but the first, the second and the last are the Cream," so reads the perplexing handout ...

Cream: Fresh Cream

Profile and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1967

CHRIS WELCH ANALYSES THE WORK OF BAKER, BRUCE AND CLAPTON ...

Cream: Pop Think-In with Ginger Baker

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, January 1967

MODERN ART: I still paint occasionally, and I've got a big sculpture I've been working on for 18 months. It's got a steel frame with ...

Cream Cut Loose

Interview by Keith Altham, NME, February 1967

THIS IS THE Cream interview which got loose in London – ran wild over their publicists' office – finally plunging from the depths of Mao ...

Cream, Edwin Starr: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1967

GINGER BAKER played one of the finest solos in his career at London's Saville Theatre on Sunday night. ...

Cream/Donovan: The Cream Set Records in Detroit

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, October 1967

LAST WEEKEND about 4,500 kids proved that Detroit knows good contemporary music. ...

Taking the Saville By Storm: Cream

Review by Nick Logan, NME, November 1967

THE soaring, singing guitar, the elegant artistry of Eric Clapton... a tortured Jack Bruce jerking out the blues like a puppet stitched by machine ...

Cream: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Ann Moses, NME, March 1968

THE CREAM met great success here. when they played before 300 people a night at the Whisky-a-Go-Go last year. This trip they got equal acclaim ...

Cream, The Electric Prunes, Steppenwolf: Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Tony Leigh, KRLA Beat, March 1968

SANTA MONICA — The audience was a show in themselves. Long satin dresses, ringlet curls, rahja jackets and brightly colored blouses dominated the scene. For ...

Eric Clapton: Back To The Blues

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, May 1968

CHRIS WELCH picks his way through the chicken feathers in darkest Chelsea to chat up the guitar star of the Cream ...

Cream: Background to a Break-Up

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1968

CREAM ARE breaking up. The world-famous trio that features Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce are to go separate ways in the autumn. Said ...

Cream: Wheels Of Fire

Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1968

'White Room', 'Sitting on Top of the World', 'Passing the Time', 'As You Said', 'Pressed Rat and Warthog', 'Politician', 'Those Were The Days', 'Born Under ...

Ginger Baker: The Ginger Man

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, August 1968

PETER "GINGER" BAKER will be 29 soon, and after 13 years of beating drum kits into submission, he is at last able to relax and ...

Jack & Ginger Make The Cream Work

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, October 1968

Ginger: I was born August 19, 1939. I was schooled in Southeast London. I got involved with music as soon as I left school. I've been ...

Making The Cream Work, part 2

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, November 1968

IN A BRITISH interview recently, Clapton denied the Cream breakup but added that the group can't last forever and each member had personal ambitions. Eric ...

Cream: Farewell To The Cream

Report and Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, December 1968

A FANTASTIC and highly emotional send-off for the Cream almost gave the group second thoughts about breaking up after their brilliant final performance at London's ...

Goodbye To The Cream

Live Review by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, December 1968

THE CREAM delivered all that was expected of them, and a little more, at their final, farewell-type Albert Hall concert last week. Of course, the ...

Cream: Goodbye... (Polydor)

Review by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, March 1969

'I'm So Glad'; 'Politician'; 'Sitting On Top Of The World'; 'Badge'; 'Doing That Scrapyard Thing'; 'What A Bringdown' – Polydor Stereo 583 053. ...

Hey, Mr. Bassman

Overview by Lenny Kaye, Fusion, September 1969

THE ELECTRIC revolution that helped to spawn rock and roll also helped to popularize a whole new set of instruments to take along on its ...

Union Jack Blues

Comment by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, October 1969

MEETING JANIS Joplin a few months ago, before her Albert Hall concert, I was staggered to feel how nervous she was. Then she explained. She ...

Jack Bruce: I Want To Be A Musician, Not A Pop Star

Interview by Tony Norman, Top Pops, October 1969

JACK BRUCE has had a fascinating career. I first saw him in the days when he played with Graham Bond. What a band the Organisation ...

Cream: Live Cream Volume II

Review by Metal Mike Saunders, Rolling Stone, April 1972

IN THEIR GLORY DAYS of 1967-8, Cream singlehandedly spawned the whole genre of aloof heavy rock egomania, not to mention a whole school of insufferably ...

Jack Bruce

Profile by Ian MacDonald, NME, May 1973

CREATOR OF one of rock's two most distinctive bass styles (the other being Paul McCartney's), Jack Bruce has, during the course of a long and ...

Ginger Baker: New Skins For The Old Ceremony

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, June 1976

PHIL SUTCLIFFE takes a walk down memory lane with GINGER BAKER, drummer, sportsman and fellow piles sufferer. ...

Jimi Hendrix And Cream

Report and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, October 1996

Eric Clapton, arms hanging limp at his side, stared in disbelief at the outlandishly garbed guitarslinger who had just joined the Cream for an impromptu ...

Rock 100: Cream

Book Excerpt by Lenny Kaye, David Dalton, Cooper Square Books (reissue), 1999

CREAM WAS THE FIRST OF A NEW SPECIES – the high-voltage superblues group. By channeling their "amplified heat" through traditional blues, they created a clean, ...

Cream: Royal Albert Hall, London, 5 May 2005

Live Review by Richard English, Rock's Backpages, May 2005

THIRTY SEVEN YEARS ago my Mum wouldn't let me go to the Cream Farewell Concert. She didn't want me to mix with all those ...

Cream: Sunshine Supermen

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, MOJO, Summer 2007

IT'S PROBABLY heresy to say it aloud and there's several hundred Best Psychedelic Album In The World... Ever type compilations that can shoot the thought ...

see also Ginger Baker

see also Jack Bruce

see also Eric Clapton

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