Cream was formed in 1966 by musicians who had already paid their dues in the emerging British blues-rock-pop scene. Eric Clapton was in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, while Jack Bruce played with the Graham Bond Organisation where he met drummer Ginger Baker. Bruce joined Mayall for a stint, thus connecting with Clapton. Cream are regarded as the first ‘supergroup’, and with good reason; Clapton is one of the most revered blues players in the world, Bruce was a fabulous bass player and talented songwriter, and Baker was a powerhouse drummer. Beginning with the psychedelic music of the times (Disraeli Gears is five star), Cream moved more towards the potent blues-rock style heard on the live cuts of Wheels Of Fire, a double album which also contains studio recordings. The vegetable adorned ‘Best of’ is a great introduction.