Clips & Pix: Cream/White Room

Posting the above clip was inspired by a documentary I watched on Showtime last night, Eric Clapton: A Life In 12 Bars, thanks to Music Enthusiast, who had flagged it in an earlier post yesterday. While overall the film primarily focused on Eric Clapton, the person and his quest for love and brutal struggle with heroin and alcohol addiction, and less on Clapton, the musician, at least the first half featured some great footage about his early musical journey with the Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Blind Faith, Derek and the Dominos and, of course, Cream.

The above killer performance of White Room is from Cream’s 1968 farewell performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Composed by the band’s amazing bassist and lead vocalist Jack Bruce, with lyrics by poet Pete Brown, White Room has always been one of my favorite blues rock tunes. It appeared on Cream’s third studio album Wheels Of Fire from July 1968.

I don’t particularly care whether or not the rock power trio, which in addition to Bruce and Clapton also included drummer Ginger Baker, is “the world’s first successful supergroup.” They simply were a kick ass blues rock band, and that’s good enough for me!

Sources: Wikipedia, YouTube

21 thoughts on “Clips & Pix: Cream/White Room”

  1. Boy, I loved Cream as did we all back in the day. I know that Bruce and Baker pretty much hated each other even before Cream and that was really too bad. They really painted a bad picture in that doc. Regardless, they made beautiful music together. Although I’m not sure I would have made it through a 40-minute jam!

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      1. Thanks, Jim. I just watched the trailers for both documentaries, and they look awesome!

        While undoubtedly he’s a brilliant drummer, Ginger Baker really seems to be a big-time SOB as a person – frankly, he also looks a bit like a madman to me!

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      2. I found a free version of the Tom Dowd documentary and just finished watching it – man, what a great film and what an amazing guy this man apparently was.

        I mean, you look at the artists he worked with and what they all had to say about him. Just amazing! Obviously, I’m not telling you anything new here. 🙂

        I could totally get lost with this kind of stuff. Something tells me I’m going to watch this film again soon at least one more time.

        Really fantastic tip! On to Ginger, though not tonight. Thanks again!

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      3. Very cool. I initially saw that in a theater where they had a small screening room for documentaries. It was just me and some other guy there. What I recall of the film was him playing the isolated Layla tracks. Dowd was definitely a key figure in music for quite some time.

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      4. It’s just cool. In addition to the isolated Layla tracks, Dodd’s dialogues with Ray Charles and the commentary from Gregg Allman and some of the other Brothers – you can really see how highly all these guys thought of him.

        And despite all of that Dodd looked like a genuinely nice down to earth person, who didn’t seem to be full of himself.

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  2. These guys are one of CB’s favorite bands. I’m on a bit of a Baker binge right now. Why did Ginger like Jack? “Because he can keep time” Just watched a PBS show American Epic Sessions” Check it out. Taj Mahal is one of the artists. Man does that clip you posted sound great!

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      1. I’ve seen Music Enthusiasts and your back and forth on the Clapton doc. I will get to it one day. It always comes back to the music for me. Out of the three Cream members I listen to Bruce and Baker’s music more (maybe because of their jazz leanings). The 3 together were something really special. I remember Baker a few years ago ripping Clapton for playing with inferior musicians. I still laugh when I think of that.

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      2. By ‘inferior musicians,’ as often as not the Brits mean American musicians which pisses me off. They worship Jimi Hendrix. Guess what? American. Allmans? American. Miles Davis and just about any great jazzer you can think of? American. The Brits have great musicians but they do not have a lock on musicianship.

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      3. On that day Baker was giving it to Eric,, Jack could do no wrong. Who knows who Clapton was playing with when Ginger mouthed off. In his next breath he’d be giving it to someone else. I would think GB would have nothing but respect for those musicians you mentioned. I know he played with many American jazz guys and others. CB is certainly not putting out GB’s fires. Full time job.

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      4. Yeah. I think you’re right he’d respect those guys and vice-versa. But I recall reading that Jimmy Page chastised Clapton for playing with American musicians right around the Layla period. Heh, then later he wound up jamming on Layla with Clapton. So I love ya Pagey but fuck you.

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      5. The funny thing is when they’re not trashing Americans they’re trashing each other. “Oh, that stupid git. He’s a wanker from Shropshire-on-Trent (or some such) what does he know?” 😂

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      6. So that’s where that comes from. We both know that’s bullshit. I could listen to those guys from that record all day and I do. See Doc, when I hear stuff like Page supposedly said it’s hard for CB to believe. I watched that “Loud” doc he did with White and Edge and he was in heaven listening to a Link Wray record. Maybe he was just an asshole that day.

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