It seems like it was only a little more than a week ago when we shared across our socials that drumming legend Ginger Baker had been admitted to hospital in what sounded like life-threatening circumstances. Sadly, I am here to share the news that the musician has passed away. The statement from his family on his Official Facebook was a simple one.
“We are very sad to say that Ginger has passed away peacefully this morning. Thank you to everyone for your kind words to us all over the past weeks.”
Born Peter Edward Baker, “Ginger” was without peer on the drums. Though I never ever managed to catch Ginger performing outside of video clips and hearing countless tunes on the radio across my life, I always enjoyed the level of creativity that he put forward. Growing up in music at the time that I did, we were fortunate enough to have numerous Classic Rock radio stations (and it was just called Rock at the time by the way). On these stations the music of Cream was a mainstay. Baker was 80 years old and had been in ill-health for a number of years and was no longer performing as result. He was one of the founders of Cream and more about his life is worthwhile reading on his Official Wiki which is linked below. Someone recently said to me that all of our youthful legends seem to be leaving and yeah, he was correct about this for sure. On behalf of the PiercingMetal Media Command HQ we wish his family, friends and worldwide fans the most sincere of condolences during this time. Thank you for your achievements in music Mr. Baker and for being one of drummings most memorable figures. May you Rest In Peace.
Artist: Cream Title: “Classic Artists” Label: VH1 Classics Release Date: 11/21/2006 Genre: Blues Rock Rating: 3.5/5
It is almost hard to believe that one of the most iconic bands in modern music history only did their thing for two years but such was the case when it came to The Cream. Formed in 1966 and disbanded in 1968, this legendary Blues Rock band featured the talents of Eric Clapton (guitar), Jack Bruce (bass, vocals) and Ginger Baker (drums). Together they defined the way that generations would appreciate and deliver Rock music and would be hailed as one of the first-ever Rock Super Groups as each of the members were well respected in a number of musical circles of the time. Eric Clapton, formerly of The Yardbirds, was the most known of the three and the idea of such players joining forces together was simply unheard of. Today the term is used far too often and the musical output less than memorable on most counts. This DVD is loaded with some great facts about the bands formation and what led to it with the details coming to life via numerous reflective interviews with the band members themselves as well as respected journalists David Fricke (Rolling Stone) and Chris Welch (Melody Maker). Welch’s contributions are most notable for he is also the author of the bands biography “Strange Brew”. The viewer hears from Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, Jim Marshall (yes from the amps) and many, many more and this all makes it a thoroughly interesting documentary to sit through. Most of the band interview footage is recent and that is fun to observe as they recollect their unique history some forty years later about their beginnings, their breakup and the pending 2005 reunion tour that was set to occur when the DVD was being filmed. It was great to see how candid they spoke of the times in the past and how they felt of things that happened later in life. Each member is interviewed separately so you tend to get a fresh perspective on each inquiry that way. Continue reading “Classic Artists” by Cream→
Artist: Cream Title: “Gold” Label: Universal Music Release Date: 4/26/2005 Genre: Rock Rating: 5/5
There have been a number of Cream “Best of” collections over the years and this is arguably the best Cream compilation available. Gold is a combination of studio and live tracks that show why Cream’s music has endured for so long. Even though Cream’s active years were only1966 through 1968, their influence is still felt today with their combination of Blues, Jazz, freeform jamming and Psychedelia.
If you have never really checked out Cream this disk is a great place to start. Gold is an excellent collection that is a testament to why Cream is one of the greatest bands in Rock. Continue reading “Gold” by Cream→