Saw it on VH1 a while ago and loved it. Made me realize how awesome those times were for art and music, and how far culturally we've moved away from the free spirit of the '60s and '70s, but for much worse.
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donjr, thanks for the reference. as you said, it was cool to see clapton et. al. break down the songs and to learn, among other things, that "tales of brave ulysses" was lifted from "summer in the city" by the lovin spoonful. my take on cream, however, is that the parts were greater than the sum of the whole, which is to say that while baker/bruce/clapton were inarguably among the best ever a their instruments, and bruce was a very good songwriter and singer, their recorded stuff always sounded a bit leaden/hyperserious to me and didn't have the swing of peers like the who or zeppellin. still "we're going wrong" and "swlabr" are great songs.
Cream! There has never been a greater threesome. I think Zeppellin (IMO) is one of the most overated groups. Catchy tunes, but I would love to hear Clapton do Jimmy's solos. Cream was the cream of the crop. Monsters. BTW, just to digress a bit (the fun of a thread like this) Clapton in John Mayall and the Blues Breakers is a piece of work. If you have not heard this album? One of the greatest albums (IMO) ever. If you're over 55 you know I be talk'n about. Too bad the songs on the album are so short.
I must say that VH1 has done an excellent job with the Classic Albums series, assuming VH1 is responsible for them. The story behind the making of "Wish You Were Here" was also incredibly well made and fascinating to watch.
Btw, you can also watch the Cream documentary on youtube in five parts. Here's a link to Part 1: