Review from Galactic Ramble
Though Eric Clapton’s goal may have been to create a high-quality blues band, it’s notable that on this, and subsequent Cream albums, the best songs are not the bluesiest ones by any stretch of the imagination. I’m sure it would gall Clapton to no end, but Cream were a great singles band. Their albums were spotty, off-hand, and / or indulgent. Fresh Cream is maybe their most consistently good record, mixing blues-rock and straight rock well, and full of solid, concise songs. Clapton is an important guitarist in many ways, and the fat sound he achieved on the Bluesbreakers album and again here is rightfully a huge part of his legend. Nonetheless, his greatest strength during this period was his ability to play just the right thing at the right time. The solo to ‘I Feel Free’ isn’t especially complex, but it completely hits the spot. The genius of it is evidenced when you compare it to the Amboy Dukes’ cover version, where a fine guitarist, Ted Nugent, can’t do anything anywhere near as good. As revered as Clapton was at the time, he was occasionally overshadowed by Ginger Baker. There’s no denying Baker’s talent or influence, but there will be many who find his incessant tom tom use annoying. This album’s ‘Toad’ is probably one of the best drum solos in the context of rock and roll, but it still would have been tedious at a third of the length. The song may well be responsible for the scores of drum solos that followed on hard rock, psychedelic and progressive albums, so Baker is to be blamed for the fact that so many otherwise excellent records had three-and-four-minute album-killers on them.
Review written by Aaron Milenski
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