Thursday, December 06, 2012

Record #0198: Badge / What a Bringdown – CREAM

Atco 6668 (original) USA, Mar. 17, 1969
Words & Music by:  Side A – Eric Clapton, George Harrison; Side B – Ginger Baker
Musicians:  Eric Clapton (lead guitar and vocals), Jack Bruce (bass and b-vocals), Ginger Baker (drums), George Harrison (rhythm guitar), Felix Pappalardi (piano and mellotron)
Recording sessions:  Produced by Felix Pappalardi at IBC Studios, London, UK, Oct. 1968
Highest chart positions: US #60, UK #18

This was recorded the month before the group’s (planned) breakup. Both tracks were first released on Cream’s final album “Goodbye” (Feb. 5, 1969).

Ringo Starr also contributed to the lyrics of “Badge”, but wasn’t credited for it. As Clapton and Harrison were writing the song, Ringo walked in drunk and gave them the line about the swans that live in the park.

List price:  Very Good+ $4, Near Mint $8

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