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Cream — Crossroads
Album: Wheels Of Fire
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Released: 1968
Length: 4:09
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I went down to the crossroads
Fell down on my knees
Down to the crossroads
Fell down on my knees
Asked the Lord above for mercy
"Take me, if you please"

I went down to the crossroads
Tried to flag a ride
Down to the crossroads
Tried to flag a ride
Nobody seemed to know me
Everybody passed me by

Well, I'm going down to Rosedale
Take my rider by my side
Going down to Rosedale
Take my rider by my side
You can still barrelhouse, baby
On the riverside

Going down to Rosedale
Take my rider by my side
Going down to Rosedale
Take my rider by my side
You can still barrelhouse, baby
On the riverside

You can run, you can run
Tell my friend boy Willie Brown
Run, you can run
Tell my friend boy Willie Brown
And I'm standing at the crossroads
Believe I'm sinking down
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How lucky were we to grow up with Cream et al ?  LUCKY !!!
GREAT! ....ICONIC!
 kingart wrote:
https://variety.com/2019/music/news/ginger-baker-dead-dies-cream-drummer-1203360690/?fbclid=IwAR0eAU435VIdYJiY2Ocz0xLvzTD9n8k3sY-Evgy9u5s9qMnJENWFFM2enIM

October 6, 2019

Ginger Baker, Drummer for Cream, Dies at 80

He just passed the Crossroads. Goodbye, Ginger. Yes, you might well have been the cream of the crop. Totally, instantly identifiable, even after Cream. Crazy man, absolutely superb talent. Truly RIP.
 
Continued RIP for Ginger...and Kudos to BillG for allowing us HUGE fans (of this tune in particular) to hear this one on the RP Rock Mix.  Nice!  Long Live RP and songs that should rate a 10^10!!
https://variety.com/2019/music/news/ginger-baker-dead-dies-cream-drummer-1203360690/?fbclid=IwAR0eAU435VIdYJiY2Ocz0xLvzTD9n8k3sY-Evgy9u5s9qMnJENWFFM2enIM

October 6, 2019

Ginger Baker, Drummer for Cream, Dies at 80

He just passed the Crossroads. Goodbye, Ginger. Yes, you might well have been the cream of the crop. Totally, instantly identifiable, even after Cream. Crazy man, absolutely superb talent. Truly RIP.
Where's the 20 button? 
Right? Pretty good little tune  : )
Not played once since Nov' 2011.  Wha?
Totally agree!! 

Bass of The Gods! The break takes my breath away after all the years. Bruce is absolutely ON FIRE; he's all over the neck of that Thumb— totally in control, playing the lead, holding the bassline and perfectly on time with Baker, all at the same time. Amazing.


 


Bass of The Gods! The break takes my breath away after all the years. Bruce is absolutely ON FIRE; he's all over the neck of that Thumb— totally in control, playing the lead, holding the bassline and perfectly on time with Baker, all at the same time. Amazing.


 cohifi wrote:
My Mom wouldn't like this.  I can relate.  8
 
Maybe you should move out of her basement.  {#Smile}
My Mom wouldn't like this.  I can relate.  8
Not a Clapton fan, but Cream was a good band.
{#Drummer}
Ginger Baker!!!
 oldslabsides wrote:
eleven.  still.

RAWK
 
And I'll Raise you one!

Oh Yeah!!!! 

Released 1 July 1968
eleven.  still.

RAWK

Eric Clapton and BobDylan - Crossroads, Live (1999)

1999, live at Madison Square Garden, NewYork City

 Papernapkin wrote:

Yeah, you're stuck in the 60s.
 
Good music is good music, no matter when it was made or how long its been.

You don't throw out a Rembrandt because you don't want to be "stuck in the 1600's". 
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
Man, I'm just sorry my volume knob only goes to 10.

As many times as I've heard this, I will STILL turn it up when I hear that opening lick. 
 
In its day, this must have sounded incredible, cuz it still amazes me when I hear it.

 nagsheadlocal wrote:
After all these years and thousands of hearings, I still turn this up whenever it comes on.
 
Yeah, you're stuck in the 60s.
 von_Hayek wrote:
EC at his best!{#Bananajam}
 
GODLIKE PERFECT 10! {#Dance}

Man, I'm just sorry my volume knob only goes to 10.

As many times as I've heard this, I will STILL turn it up when I hear that opening lick. 
GINGER BEAT MAN!
Another song I can't believe I never rated.

With all the different versions of this song around, with or without Clapton, none sounds better than when these 3 guys do it.  Clapton solo is just a tease and a cover version.
Little-known fact: Here are the original lyrics. They were considered "too upbeat" by Robert Johnson's publisher:

I went to the crossroads, stomach growling without cease
I went to the crossroads, stomach growling without cease
Asked the Lord above, have mercy now,
Save poor Bob if you please

Standin' at the crossroads, saw some hotcakes lying there
Standin' at the crossroads, saw some hotcakes lying there
Nobody seem to see me, so I scarfed 'em down without a care

Standin' at the crossroads, syrup drippin' from my chin
Standin' at the crossroads baby, syrup drippin' from my chin
I believe in the Good Lord now, tho' I be a man of sin

You can run, you can run, tell my friend Willie Brown
You can run, you can run, tell my friend Willie Brown
That I'm feeling kind of overstuffed
Lord, baby I'm sinkin' down.

Over the years when people compare rock guitar players it seams I always think of this cut.
   I believe it was recorded at the Albert hall ? anyone!
Great sets of music this morning, thanks Bill! {#Notworthy}
I'm not a big fan of the blues but this is one of the most articulate solos on guitar !!

 doc_dave wrote:
Apparently Tom Dowd edited this 4:14 version from a much longer tape. If so, he gave it wonderful shape.
 
Original was 14.35; recorded on an 12-track Ampex .. to hear the original "ur-tape" is to become one with the gods.

play it Slowhand!!!!!{#Bananajam}
 nagsheadlocal wrote:
After all these years and thousands of hearings, I still turn this up whenever it comes on.
 
{#High-five} Damn right!

After all these years and thousands of hearings, I still turn this up whenever it comes on.
EC at his best!{#Bananajam}
 Jakeethan wrote:
Ah what a classic..Ginger's drumming's stunning!
 
Man, there is a great interview with Ginger in the latest Rolling Stone. What an incredibly complex personality! {#Cool}
 stkman wrote:
classic song from the first "Supper Band" saw them when in HS and was blown away, great set after Alberts Born Under a Bad Sign

 

Did they also play the "Last Supper?"
Just when I thought to myself that Albert King may have influenced the Cream more than anyone other blues musician, Bill (or Becky?) follows "Born under a Bad Sign" with this piece. {#Cool}
 BillJ wrote:

Notice that when the song is finished Jack bruce announces over the applause, "Eric Clapton on vocals." Vocals? Well, yeah, but wasn't a little incidental compared to the guitar lead.? One of his best ever, IMHO.


 
Dang!  and all of these years I though he was saying "Eric Clapton - the Bobo!"

OK, Mondegreens forever, I know.
IMHO, well OK, not so H .. this is the Quintessential Crossroads other than the Canon by Robert Johnson, of course.

 doc_dave wrote:
Apparently Tom Dowd edited this 4:14 version from a much longer tape. If so, he gave it wonderful shape.
 



See this ==> https://www.thelanguageofmusic.com/

 stkman wrote:
classic song from the first "Supper Band" saw them when in HS and was blown away, great set after Alberts Born Under a Bad Sign

 

Dunno, I think this sort of music might be a bit over-the-top for a supper club.
classic song from the first "Supper Band" saw them when in HS and was blown away, great set after Alberts Born Under a Bad Sign

I have both versions, this and Robert Johnson's.  They are definitely different with this one being very much a rock/blues and RJ's very acoustic blues.  Just him and his guitar and voice.

 

rock'in out!

** 9 **


 techer2 wrote:
I would love and appreciate hearing the original work for many of these songs. Not only are they great to listen to, but a little music history lesson is never a bad thing. LOVE that picture! Just makes me want to hear him play that guitar even more.

 
Robert Johnson's 29 known recordings are available on several compilations available at amazon.com. Take your pick.

jhorton wrote:
Puleez, am I the only one that has heard enough blues tonight?
"who."

the only one "who" has heard enough blues tonight.

people are "who." things are "that."

and yeah, you probably are.


Apparently Tom Dowd edited this 4:14 version from a much longer tape. If so, he gave it wonderful shape.

 Thanks for straightening out the bend in the road this AM ... Now I think I be-  
Goin' down to Rosedale . .. . . .  .. .
Loving this...it's probably what sparked my interest in the blues in the first place. An elderly neighbor heard me listening to it on the radio (back when it was released), thought it sounded familiar, and played a scratchy ol' 78 for me. Changed my life.

Bill, if you're lurking....

https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Recordings-Robert-Johnson/dp/B000002757

I'll buy it for ya if you'll play it....{#Yes}

Notice that when the song is finished Jack bruce announces over the applause, "Eric Clapton on vocals." Vocals? Well, yeah, but wasn't a little incidental compared to the guitar lead.? One of his best ever, IMHO.


 rickhoran wrote:


I agree with all here about Robert Johnson. Lets show this man some respect. who knows what the "great r-n-r" bands we know would have done without him.

Play the man's music done by him on RP!



 

as of today still no Robert Johnson on RP. yet we hear this again. it would be nice to hear the man that influenced these great bands on this radio station, like Led Zep, Cream, and of course Eric Clapton.


Time to wake up the folks on Alpha Centauri



lordy lordy....January and it took me all this time to get to this point ....SpamNRice mighty str8 forward point you made too...whip it good!!!!also a web site(right!!!) How to change the channel on your radio and live to talk about it!!! lmao!!! :wall:
lemmoth wrote:
I agree - but of course Born Under a Bad Sign is a William Bell/Booker T. Jones song penned for the great Albert King in the late 1960's.
Wooo someones been studying their music history again...or were you there when it was penned?...hey maybe it was written about you! :roflol:
I think Clapton was respectful of the early bluesmen. His solo on Strange Brew was a direct lift from Albert King. He studied and learned from them all. He just did his interpretation of the tunes. But yes, it would be nice to hear some original RJ tunes.
Along with the studio version of Spoonful, Cream's high water mark.
I agree with all here about Robert Johnson. Lets show this man some respect. who knows what the "great r-n-r" bands we know would have done without him. Play the man's music done by him on RP!
lemmoth wrote:
I agree - but of course Born Under a Bad Sign is a William Bell/Booker T. Jones song penned for the great Albert King in the late 1960's.
Puleez, am I the only one that has heard enough blues tonight? All five notes have been used to freaking death, can we please move on??
dionysius wrote:
Funny. There's no Robert Johnson on the playlist (and I've tried uploading some), but Bill just played "Crossroads" as acid-washed by Cream, right after "Born Under A Bad Sign." They have Zeppelin's nicely-picked but otherwise boring version of "Travelling Riverside Blues" but not the original. My point being: Let's show some respect, people!
I agree - but of course Born Under a Bad Sign is a William Bell/Booker T. Jones song penned for the great Albert King in the late 1960's.
Ah what a classic..Ginger's drumming's stunning!
denbear wrote:
Still have a vinyl copy of this album with the psychedelic art on the inside cover. Think I'll put it in a frame and hang it on the wall.
You can buy nice frames for record albums. I just put several on the wall in our music/theater room. They look very nice. Can't remember the place - a Google search would probably turn it up.
One of the greatest pieces of rock ever!
Well, for those of us who don't have that option -- I rely on RP. Now, about that condition of yours that prevents you from switching stations... :whipit: GET IT FIXED! b17m4p wrote:
If I wanted to hear this song I could go to any station that plays the same 30 classic songs over and over again. Not saying that this on its own makes the song bad (although in my opinion there are other factors that do) , but I would just rather not hear songs like that on RP.
If I wanted to hear this song I could go to any station that plays the same 30 classic songs over and over again. Not saying that this on its own makes the song bad (although in my opinion there are other factors that do) , but I would just rather not hear songs like that on RP.
dionysius wrote:
Funny. There's no Robert Johnson on the playlist (and I've tried uploading some), but Bill just played "Crossroads" as acid-washed by Cream, right after "Born Under A Bad Sign." They have Zeppelin's nicely-picked but otherwise boring version of "Travelling Riverside Blues" but not the original. My point being: Let's show some respect, people!
ditto.
hippiechick wrote:
Why are Eric Clapton and coffee alike? Both better with Cream!
PUN! WARNING!
Still have a vinyl copy of this album with the psychedelic art on the inside cover. Think I'll put it in a frame and hang it on the wall.
Why are Eric Clapton and coffee alike? Both better with Cream!
After all these years -- that guitar WAILS! :bananajam:
ScottN wrote:
What a classic! The energy is fantastic and the playing superb. I wonder if Ginger can still drum like this in their reunions? The bass/kick drum during the guitar soloes is outrageous!
Having seen the RAH re-union, the answer to your question is YES YES YES! For mine, Ginger stole the show, utterly spellbinding!
cc_rider wrote:
I like Cream. They did some really nice interpretations of the blues. But it's still 'White Boy Blues'. It's not bad, in fact it's really good, but after hearing Albert King, you can tell Cream is just not THE BLUES. It's not even the virtuostic(?) guitar licks, there's something else about the feel of it. Like they haven't earned it or something, I don't know. When you hear Albert, B.B, Muddy, Lightin', Bessie, et al. you can feel the pain that permeates the blues. It's not about skin color; Robert Cray also lacks that certain something. Stevie Ray showed glimpses of it, especially at his depths. Townes Van Zandt had it. Hank Williams had it. Something about tortured souls, I don't know. There's some essence of the blues that comes through the actual sound. I have no idea what it actually is though. It's easy to hear it, but impossible to explain! Dancing about architecture, I guess. c.
It's interesting that I know EXACTLY what you mean, and yet I hear "it" in Cream (and the rest of your positive examples) where as I know that Cray lacks "it" and I can't hear a Stevie Ray song that doesn't have "it". Our ears are slightly out of phase perhaps.
Inamorato wrote:
A great song that I've heard about a thousand times too many.
Can't get enough!!! :guitarist: I've been listening since the 60's
This was such a good era for EC & always really liked Cream.
Excellent. :guitarist:
Gimme "Traintime."
I always like Clapton better when he was on the juice. Give that man a spoon and a light.
Great God in Heaven this great!
A great song that I've heard about a thousand times too many.
Forget the 11 rating....where's the 15? I got to see EC play in Seattle this March, did this as an encore, and good ole Robert Cray came out and played a solo for this. GREAT stuff!
All props to Robert Johnson as the author, but Cream took this and turned into a classic. The interplay of lead guitar, bass and drums are fantastic on this piece, pure rock/blues energy as never heard before (at that time).
I like Cream. They did some really nice interpretations of the blues. But it's still 'White Boy Blues'. It's not bad, in fact it's really good, but after hearing Albert King, you can tell Cream is just not THE BLUES. It's not even the virtuostic(?) guitar licks, there's something else about the feel of it. Like they haven't earned it or something, I don't know. When you hear Albert, B.B, Muddy, Lightin', Bessie, et al. you can feel the pain that permeates the blues. It's not about skin color; Robert Cray also lacks that certain something. Stevie Ray showed glimpses of it, especially at his depths. Townes Van Zandt had it. Hank Williams had it. Something about tortured souls, I don't know. There's some essence of the blues that comes through the actual sound. I have no idea what it actually is though. It's easy to hear it, but impossible to explain! Dancing about architecture, I guess. c.
I would love and appreciate hearing the original work for many of these songs. Not only are they great to listen to, but a little music history lesson is never a bad thing. LOVE that picture! Just makes me want to hear him play that guitar even more. dionysius wrote:
Funny. There's no Robert Johnson on the playlist (and I've tried uploading some), but Bill just played "Crossroads" as acid-washed by Cream, right after "Born Under A Bad Sign." They have Zeppelin's nicely-picked but otherwise boring version of "Travelling Riverside Blues" but not the original. My point being: Let's show some respect, people!
zaknafein wrote:
Anyone else, when hearing this song, immediately think of Freaks and Geeks?
Sorry, all I can think of is the stellar lead guitar playing, and the thunderous support of Messrs. Bruce and Baker.
dionysius wrote:
Funny. There's no Robert Johnson on the playlist (and I've tried uploading some), but Bill just played "Crossroads" as acid-washed by Cream, right after "Born Under A Bad Sign." They have Zeppelin's nicely-picked but otherwise boring version of "Travelling Riverside Blues" but not the original. My point being: Let's show some respect, people!
I agree. I love RJ's originals. Let's hear them! I like the remakes also. Remember that some of us white folks never had the opportunity to hear real blues as we were growing up in the 60's and 70's. Especially if you lived in a small town or rural area. We bought most of our music at Shopko. We were introduced to the blues by Clapton, Zep, etc. so I will always love them.
My favorite Cream song
Clapton's finest solo from his Cream days, IMHO.
dionysius wrote:
Funny. There's no Robert Johnson on the playlist (and I've tried uploading some), but Bill just played "Crossroads" as acid-washed by Cream, right after "Born Under A Bad Sign." They have Zeppelin's nicely-picked but otherwise boring version of "Travelling Riverside Blues" but not the original. My point being: Let's show some respect, people!
:clap: I concur.......btw, same segue today, check the date.......
effen awesome.
Funny. There's no Robert Johnson on the playlist (and I've tried uploading some), but Bill just played "Crossroads" as acid-washed by Cream, right after "Born Under A Bad Sign." They have Zeppelin's nicely-picked but otherwise boring version of "Travelling Riverside Blues" but not the original. My point being: Let's show some respect, people!
kcar wrote:
Some critics commented that Baker wasn't quite up to the playing of Bruce and Clapton in the May 2005 Royal Albert Hall concerts. I'm no drummer but looking at the DVD, I get the feeling that he held on his own. He may not be as fast as he was in the late 60s, but his drumming worked for me.
I agree. Speaking as a drummer who has seen Buddy Rich and Louis Bellson play in their sixties, and from what I saw of Baker on the DVD of the reunion, I can say that - once a drummer, always a drummer, and he brings it not matter the age.
Love these guys.
Those were the days.
ScottN wrote:
What a classic! The energy is fantastic and the playing superb. I wonder if Ginger can still drum like this in their reunions? The bass/kick drum during the guitar soloes is outrageous!
Some critics commented that Baker wasn't quite up to the playing of Bruce and Clapton in the May 2005 Royal Albert Hall concerts. I'm no drummer but looking at the DVD, I get the feeling that he held on his own. He may not be as fast as he was in the late 60s, but his drumming worked for me. He easily has most the physical job of the three, so I'm inclined to cut him some slack.
ronforchette wrote:
A ripper!
For years, all I could hear was the guitar. What draws my attention now, 30 years and hundreds of listens later, is that amazing bass.
:drummer:
:music: :cheers:
:crown: :bananapiano:
A ripper!
Man! What a blast to hear this tune. I agree - an all time favorite.
zaknafein wrote:
Anyone else, when hearing this song, immediately think of Freaks and Geeks?
What a great show. And a classic episode... check out the DVD set. If you like F&G, its a must-have!
zaknafein wrote:
Anyone else, when hearing this song, immediately think of Freaks and Geeks?
Uh.....no. I think about Clapton in the glory days of rock music.
Anyone else, when hearing this song, immediately think of Freaks and Geeks?
lovely!
Well, now, I don't know about you, but this is an all time favorite! yes!