This a favorite song by one of my favorite bands, Cream. It also has one of my all time favorite guitar solos. Eric Clapton lays down a short solo that absolutely got me and has never let go. Like all good solos that I like, I anticipate it every time. The song is only just over 2 and a half minutes long. Proof that short and sweet works. A perfectly placed solo.
Eric does his thing about 3/4 of the way through. The song is so cooly crafted and Clapton puts the cap on it with his sound. What a great piece of rock guitar. I never tire of it. This was one good band and Eric shows us why he is one of the best. Pretty close to a perfect piece for me.
One of those songs if I heard on the radio, I stopped what I was doing and waited for EC to do his thing. One of the reasons I like this kind of music. It moves me. My ears love it. (and so does my cat). Any song that uses the name “Mable” has it going on for me.
There are a number of Cream songs that are worthy of being selected- this certainly is one of them.
‘Sunshine Of Your Love’ just popped on the music box the other day. Like you say any number of songs.
Great pick CB! Tasty guitar solo from Clapton. I also liked Jack Bruce’s baseline.
Obviously the first thing we hear is Jack’s unmistakable bass. Sets the tone Paul. The three of them crammed in a lot of musicianship in just over 2 and a half minutes.
One I can get behind easily ! A great , snappy tune . Never have understood why it was called ‘Badge’ though. Anyway, that, “Layla” and “Bell Bottom Blues” are my top 3 Clapton songs not precisely called ‘Eric Clapton’, and they would rank up there easily with my top 3 Clapton songs billed as Eric Clapton.
The title had something to do with George Harrison’s involvement from what I gather. Like Han’s was saying, I could have went in a few other directions with Cream (and Eric) songs.
Just what my coffee needed this morning, some sweet, sweet Cream. Thanks.
Well I did some good today. Yes, Ive been putting Cream into my beverages for years. Thanks for commenting.
Oh! I haven’t heard this in a while. I didn’t recognize the disjointed title. I heard this at my paternal uncle’s house quite a bit as a teen. My dad & his little brother were eight years apart and couldn’t have been more dissimilar in music tastes. My uncle was a Clapton & Chicago fan with some Beatles thrown in. Good stuff. When I clicked to play it, confused over the title, I immediately remembered “Mabel.” After it played, YT went to White Room, with one of the greatest openings. Thanks for the revisit!
‘White Room’ is another. We got a bunch of Cream fans in this group. They live. Good comment Vic.
This is great – I don’t really know it as I’ve spent most of my Cream time with Disraeli Gears. YouTube comment say Harrison and Felix Pappalardi (sorry about spelling) play on it too. I enjoy most of Clapton’s stuff through until 1971 then dislike most of the mellow solo stuff.
Obviously Cream had a high standard with me. EC later solo is a mixed bag. I do like a few of them quite a bit. I think he was finding his vocals hear.
CB…you beat me to this one…I have it in my drafts…I like the middle right before the solo kicks in…they set it up great. George later put something like that walk down in Here Comes the Sun. Awesome pick man!
That “middle” sets it up. Our buddy Jack also sets it up with his bass work. Love how they put this together. Eric cooks and Ginger just keeps it moving. Thanks Max.
Cream is way WAY up there on my list, as you probably know, CB. To me their music is hypnotically good. The combo of these 3 guys enchants me every time, no matter which song they are performing. Excellent choice and yes that guitar solo is unmistakable. I love guitarists that have a light touch that feels the music not someone who is a technical hot dog and Eric Clapton fits that bill. I consider Robbie Robertson in that group also. Have you ever listened to Doyle Bramhall II?
Great comment Lisa. Yes Ive heard Doyle. But not enough. Robertson is a real good parallel foe what you’re talking about..
Great pick! And you didn’t pick one of the most commonly played Cream songs, but yet a super likable one.
Thanks. Ive always liked this song. I killed two birds because I put it on my site for a “Favorite Solo” thing I do.
Didn’t I just comment on that tune on your channel, CB? 🙂 In any case, fantastic pick for the draft. Cream are definitely my favorite ’60s bands. N.S.U., Strange Brew, Sunshine of Your Love, Politician, White Room – so many great tunes! Given the explosive relationship between Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, it’s a miracle they lasted as long as they did and not kill each other!
Yes I doubled up on the take. The band was unique in so many ways. No one else sounded like them. All those songs you mentioned could have easily been chosen. Lots of Cream fans out there still.