Uploaded on Jan 10, 2008
Randall "The Rooster" Franklin Smith puts in a nice performance with a little help from Mike Klova(drums),Anthony Marsh(bass),Ernie Monster(keys) and the young Ansel Barnum sitting in on Harp. The 1969 song "B", by Cream, was penned by Eric Clapton and George Harrison during a collaborative effort between Clapton, Harrison and Ringo Starr. Although it was paired with one of Cream's less notable songs, "What a Bringdown", B was nonetheless a major hit when it was released as a single in April of 1969, following release of the album Goodbye in January.
It was originally an untitled track. During the production transfer for the album Goodbye, the original music sheet was used to produce the liner notes and track listing. The only discernible word on the page was "Bridge" — a notation intended to identify the transitional moment in the song. Clapton's handwriting, however, was so bad, that Ringo Starr looked at it and thought it said "B" — so the band named it B.
Harrison told the story differently, however: "I helped Eric write 'Badge' you know. Each of them had to come up with a song for that Goodbye Cream album and Eric didn't have his written. We were working across from each other and I was writing the lyrics down and we came to the middle part so I wrote 'Bridge.' Eric read it upside down and cracked up laughing-- 'What's BADGE?' he said. After that Ringo walked in drunk and gave us that line about the swans living in the park."
A common legend or misconception is that the name came about because its chord progression is B-A-D-G-E (it is not), or simply because an anagram of a guitar's string tuning (E-A-D-G-B-E) can spell "Badge".
It was this musical bridge, a series of arpeggios played through a Leslie speaker, that provided the inspiration for Harrison's later Beatles song "Here Comes the Sun" for the album Abbey Road, and would inspire a similar arpeggio at the end of two other Abbey Road tracks, "You Never Give Me Your Money" and "Carry That Weight".
Cream were a 1960s British rock band comprising guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. Celebrated as the first great power trio and supergroup of rock, their sound was characterised by a hybrid of blues, pop and psychedelic rock. Cream combined Clapton's blues guitar playing with the powerful voice and intense basslines of Jack Bruce and the jazz-influenced drumming of Ginger Baker. They have sold over 35 million albums worldwide and Wheels of Fire was the world's first platinum-selling album.
Cream's music included songs based on traditional blues such as "Crossroads" and "Spoonful", and modern blues such as "Born Under a Bad Sign", as well as more eccentric songs such as "Strange Brew", "Tales of Brave Ulysses" and "Toad". Cream's biggest hits were "I Feel Free", "Sunshine of Your Love", "White Room", "Crossroads", and "Badge".
Cream, together with The Jimi Hendrix Experience, made a significant impact upon the popular music of the time providing a heavy yet technically proficient musical theme that foreshadowed the emergence of bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and The Jeff Beck Group in the late 1960s. The band's live performances influenced progressive rock acts, jam bands such as The Allman Brothers Band, Rush, Grateful Dead and Phish; and even heavy metal bands such as Black Sabbath. Although Cream's studio work has stood the test of time, their true influence lies in their live sets. Cream took the idea of jamming to a whole new level, incorporating their individual virtuosity into long 20-minute jams.
Cream were ranked #16 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.