Cream released their debut studio album “Fresh Cream” in the UK, on December 9, 1966. The album is currently ranked at No. 102 on “Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, right between Frank Sinatra & John Coltrane. The opening track “I Feel Free” was released in September of 66’, and is engraved in the D.N.A of rock ‘n roll. The LP was released in both stereo & mono pressings; in the UK (Reaction Records), and US (Atco Records). Apparently, after the albums original release the master mono versions were destroyed; making stereo the only option until 2013.
A wild ride from the albums opening “Bomp, bomp, bomp, bomp, bomp Bomp, bomp, bomp, bomp, bomp”, to Ginger Bakers game-changing drum solo to close up the album. And speaking of the Can-Man from Canterbury, the album introduces the world to arguably one the greatest drummers in history; Ginger Baker. Co-founder alongside Eric Clapton in two “Hall of Fame” bands; Cream & Blind Faith. Baker passed away earlier this month, at the age of 80. A remarkable individual, who tore through life & countless drum sticks
Moreover, Baker had calloused hands on nearly countless other music projects, including; Ginger Baker’s Air Force, Hawkwind, The Space Negros, The Yardbirds, Masters of Reality, Fudge Tunnel and a little band named The Who. Additionally, he has in the past collaborated with numerous notable musicians, like; Steve Via, Elvin Jones (jazz drummer), Fela Kuti (Africian artist), Graham Bon, John Mclaughlin, Johas Hellborg, and George Harrison to name a few. Anyways, for anyone who has already seen Gingers documentary” Beware of Mr. Baker”, it would seem safe to say he lived by his own rules. And those rules have made him one of the most, if not the most influential drummer to ever lay it down. His influence spans across numerous genres, and multiple decades. In fact, so much so that people who never even met the man; are morning his passing. So, here’s to the wild man who touched so many people’s hearts, all without ever having to say a word to them. Peter Edward "Ginger" Baker (19 August 1939 – 6 October 2019).