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Sitting on Top of the World: An Appreciation of Cream's Ginger Baker

For an artist whose discography spans continents both literally and stylistically, there was one reliable thing: Ginger Baker knew what was needed, and if he had to invent new ways of forcing rhythm to the forefront, that was his job. It will remain his legacy.

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Never Mind the Barking Dog, Best 'Beware of Mr Baker'

Jay Bulger's excellent documentary confirms two things about Ginger Baker, Cream's legendary drummer: he is both talented and formidably difficult.

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Ten Songs From 1967 That Shaped Prog Rock

If 1967 characterizes a high point in rock music, it also initiated an explicit realignment of what was possible in the genre -- for better or worse.

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Doug Jerebine: Is Jesse Harper

Lost rock 'n' soul classic from spiritual seeker.

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'Cream: Royal Albert Hall': It's as Close to the Actual Concert as You Can Get

Cream reunited for a series of shows at the Royal Albert Hall in May of 2005. The stunning performances are now available in high definition on Blu-ray.

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Rory Gallagher: Rory Gallagher / Deuce / Live! in Europe / Blueprint

A consummate performer live or in the studio, these re-releases serve as a bold reminder of the weight of the Rory Gallagher legacy.

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Rory Gallagher: Notes From San Francisco

Gallagher fans would do well to come for the esoterica of the unreleased studio sessions, but stay for the raging live set that brings the songs truly alive.

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Rocking Chair Blues: Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Spoonful’

“Spoonful” is one of the best-known and most recorded songs in the history of the blues, and there's something mysterious about it. What exactly is in that spoonful?

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Santana and Various Artists: Guitar Heaven

Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time comes off as a celebrity version of American Idol.

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All My Loving

Tony Palmer's 1968 made-for-BBC "masterpiece" looks decidedly more suspect today.

Stuart Henderson
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Cream: Cream: Classic Artists [DVD]

Dreary and unedifying career overview of '60s blues trio marred by its lack of live footage.

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Cream: Royal Albert Hall, London, May 2-3-5-6, 2005 [DVD]

After a long absence, God... err, Eric Clapton has returned, and along with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce, has resurrected the deity known as Cream.

Lou Friedman
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Cream

I've previously written that Brian Wilson's SMiLE stop was undoubtedly the BEST concert of 2005. Oops...

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Cream

Which of the greatest bands from the '60s recently took the stage for a long-anticipated, live performance with all of its original members?

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Cream: The World's First Supergroup by Dave Thompson

Think of you and about 15 or 20 of your friends from high school... now imagine the lot of you irrevocably and inarguably change the course of music history. That's what happened in the era covered in this book.

Thomas Scott McKenzie
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Cream: BBC Sessions

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