50 years ago today (9th December 1966), Cream released their debut album Fresh Cream. It may not be their most accomplished album but in my eyes it’s still a landmark album that defined a new era of blues music. Unlike their later albums, Fresh Cream doesn’t include any songs that would define a generation but what we have is a superb blues record, blended with aspects of rock which equals one of the best albums form the mid-60’s.
As the tenth track on 1966’s Revolver, For No One is one of the highlights on the entire album due to the magnificence of McCartney’s songwriting. But the music itself is exquisite as well and what we have in this article are the isolated piano, clavichord and drum tracks from the song which sound fantastic.
Recorded between the 6th April and 21st June 1966 and released on the 5th August 1966, Revolver continues to be of the finest records ever made by any band. The wealth of music featured in it’s 34 minutes and 43 seconds running time is nothing short of magnificent, with Lennon and McCartney at their very best when it comes to songwriting. As it hits 50, I take a look back at this fantastic album for my CLASSIC ALBUM SERIES #5 instalment.
July 22nd 1966 saw the release of what has become the greatest British blues albums of them all, Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton. The album set the benchmark for all blues albums that followed, cemented by Clapton’s explosive guitar tone thanks to the majestic bonding between a Gibson guitar and a Marshall amplifier. Not only is it the greatest British blues album but it’s also one of the great albums of all time, period.
Recorded by Jefferson Airplane on the 3rd November 1966 and released on their album Surrealistic Pillow, White Rabbit is a song that was actually written by Grace Slick when she was in her previous band The Great Society. As far as songs go it’s one of the most recognisable ever recorded and will forever be associated with the drugs and hippie culture of the late 1960’s. What we have here is Slick’s isolated vocals from the song, and they are magnificent.
Recorded on the 13th & 14th April 1966 and released as a non-album single a few months later, Paperback Writer is a McCartney number and features an incredible bass sound. What we have below is the isolated bass along with isolated backing vocals. Take a listen!