Live Cream (Volume I)

I’m going to declare May “Live Cream Month.” My next three blogs will fea­ture most of their live record­ings. This week and next are their two live albums record­ed in 1968 when they vis­it­ed the west coast of the USA. They were in fine form, the defin­i­tive “Super Group.” The third blog will be from their May 2005 Royal Albert Hall performances.

I first heard of Cream because of their first two live albums and didn’t hear any of their stu­dio work until much lat­er. As I have said before, Clapton is great live. The trio is fan­tas­tic and there will nev­er be anoth­er group like it.

Album Information

“N.S.U.“ (Bruce)                                       10:12
“Sleepy Time Time” (Bruce, Godfrey)       6:50
“Sweet Wine” (Baker, Godfrey)               15:15
“Rollin’ and Tumblin’“ (Newbern)               6:42
“Lawdy Mama” (Traditional)                      2:46

Jack Bruce – bass, har­mon­i­ca, vocals
Eric Clapton – gui­tar, vocals
Ginger Baker – drums, vocals
Felix Pappalardi – pro­duc­er, except on “Lawdy Mama“
Ahmet Ertegun – pro­duc­er on “Lawdy Mama“
Robert Stigwood – pro­duc­er on “Lawdy Mama“
Adrian Barber – record­ing engi­neer, re-mix engi­neer
Tom Dowd – record­ing engi­neer
Bill Halverson – record­ing engi­neer
Stephen Paley – photography

Released    April 1970
Recorded   May 1967  March 7, 9, 10, 1968
Venue         Atlantic Studios, NYC Fillmore West, SFCA  Winterland, SFCA
Length        41:51
Label          Atco
Producer    Felix Pappalardi, Ahmet Ertegun, Robert Stigwood

  • Jeff Brandt

    Jeff has been a music fan since the age of 7 when the album Meet the Beatles hit the streets. He grew up in Hoptown and went to col­lege at UK a cou­ple of times. He retired in 2016 and is cur­rent­ly amass­ing his music col­lec­tion. Jeff says he loves being retired but is tired of quarantining.