Cream was the band Eric Clapton was in before he became to guitarist of choice for middle aged fans of boring rock and roll all over the world. Cream was the band notoriously cranky drummer Ginger Baker is famous for being in. To paraphrase Bubba from Forrest Gump, that’s about all I know about Cream. I’ve never given enough of a crap about the brand or Clapton to know which songs were made with the band and which from his solo years. But their legacy is undeniable, so I should listen to at least one Cream album in my lifetime. Which I am doing, with Wheels on Fire.
Opening with a song maybe even more famous than the band itself, White Room is an undisputable rock classic. The rocking melody, the unhinged guitar work, the epic and slightly pretentious lyrics. This is everything the late 60s and early 70s were about if your band wanted to rock out hard. (more…)