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Album: Fresh CreamReleased: 1966Charted:
This was the second single from Cream, who despite the rather modest reception to their first single, "Wrapping Paper," were almost guaranteed success in England based on what their members had done with other groups. Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce had been in The Graham Bond Organization, and Eric Clapton was in The Yardbirds.
This was one of the first times Eric Clapton used what he called the "Woman Tone." He turned the amp all the way up, boosted the treble, cut the bass, and played a sustained guitar note.
Eric Clapton played a borrowed Les Paul guitar on this track, as his Beano one had been stolen during album rehearsals. It was plugged into a new, 100-watt Marshall amp.
Al Kooper's Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards
says right there on page 82 that Cream's American debut was a ten day stage show starting March 25, 1967, called "Murray the K's Easter Rock Extravaganza." He recounts an exchange between himself and Cream member Ginger Baker, asking "What do you think of America so far?" Baker replied, "How the f--k should I know? I've only been 'ere thirty-five f--king minutes, 'aven't I?" Kooper reports that their relationship went uphill from there: "By the last night of the show, we were throwing eggs and whipped cream at each other, that old American rock 'n' roll ritual that denotes mutual respect."