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Cream - Sunshine Of Your Love CLEAN tone on TV! :o Super interesting

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by marc2211, Dec 2, 2020.

  1. marc2211

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    While researching Firebirds earlier today I came across a video that referenced a live performance by Cream on the Glen Campbell TV show in the 60's, where he invited Cream to play 'Sunshine of your Love'. I found it on YouTube, so thought I'd share.

    Apparently Clapton wasn't able to turn up his Marshall for fear of killing the audience... so he played it with a totally clean tone on his Firebird! I am a huge Cream and Clapton fan, but I'm still amazed to hear this.

    He plays doubled up notes in the intro, lots of double stops and a pretty Chuck Berry like solo. Pretty awesome to hear.

    (Ginger and Jack Bruce rock too!)

     
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    yes I to am a fan of Cream. Mr Clapton at time quotes his inspiration directly when playing live. B.B. King, He Does Bubby Guy very well, Otis Rush, some times he plays parts that are really fast but don't the don't feel fast or rushed , they lines just flow out so smooth and easy.
    I was a young man when Cream first came round, and Wheels of Fire blistered my paint.

     
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    Hi.

    Thanks. I’ve seen this before, somewhere. But not for ages. I rather like it.

    Pax/
    Dean
     
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    Still sounds great!
    And can we take a moment to discuss Eric's hirsute-ness?
     
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    It took a while before all TV studio engineers could handle the volume of hard rock. My bandmaster in junior high once said it takes a better musician to play soft than one to play loud.
     
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    Great stuff!
     
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    Reminds one of the Royal Albert reunion gigs.
     
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    I've seen this before
    Clapton looks like Tony Rice! ( bluegrass wizard)

    BTW, I'd love a Firebird I, but I think it would have to be my 2nd Firebird.
    The 2 pickup Firebird V ( right?) is just too cool! ( plus I just gotta have 2 pickups!)

    But the FB I really is beautiful and sounds great!
     
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    Very Good! Thanks!
     
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    This is great!

    A little bit of JJ Cale meets early Ozzie in this version. Good stuff. Nice post.

    - Bob
     
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    Hadn't heard this version before.
    Overall playing is fantastic, and vocals ('specially Jack's) really makes it.
    Thanks for the viewing!
     
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    Classic done in an interesting way.

    I like it, but for some reason, this time, I found the drum's kind of annoying.

    Perhaps the low volume playing made them stand out more in the mix?
     
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    I guess you gotta double up on the notes when you can't get any sustain. Groundbreaking in its time and still remarkable today. And Ginger Baker on those double kicks......

    Just adds to the musical cool of Glen Campbell too.
     
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    "The" Cream? :lol:

    Sounds awful to me. Needs some dirt.

    Full disclosure, always hated this song. One of the worst classic rock songs ever, and there are many baaaaad ones.
     
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    I vaguely remember seeing this when first broadcast. I didn't understand why the guitar was so clean and plinky......never realized it was because Clapton couldn't turn up on TV.....but it was still "live music". I know I sound like an old codger when I say that back then, with only three TV networks and NO shows dedicated to rock music (to speak of) we sat through hours of Andy Williams and Ed Sullivan for any five minute nugget of OUR music. Nowadays, every commercial blasts out classic rock and hip hop to attract viewers, but back then?......NOPE!
     
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    Great song. Great performance. I like how Clapton plays in more of a country vein. I assume he was playing to his perception of the target audience. Just goes to show the breadth of his talent. (He did something similar when he guested on Johnny Cash.)

    Makes me wish that he had played with the Allmans in 1970. (Well, he got to play with one of them at least.) Hair and moustache-wise he would've fit right in.
     
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    wouldnt a fuzz pedal helped if he really wanted to have a sound like the record
     
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    Was he talkin bout Brian Blade?

     
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    And THAT answers the question, "why did all the bands on TV lip-sync back then?

     
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    How did these sound engineers handle a big band with a horn section and yet, they couldn't figure out a loud guitar amp?

    A big band brass section is one of the loudest musical things I've heard.
     
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