Cream – Badge (Song Review)

“Before they bring the curtain down”

I’ve listened to Badge a gazillion times now and it’s never lost an ounce of its power. It’s the track that got me into Cream, or to be more precise, its the bridge that got me into Cream. The main song is wonderfully summery but when it reaches the bridge and Eric Clapton’s Leslie-speaker guitar arpeggios chime in, it’s one of the most emotionally moreish sounds in rock history. It was co-written by Clapton and his Beatle pal George Harrison for Cream’s farewell album Goodbye and although the relationships in Cream had turned sour by that point, the band put in a great performance. Especially Jack Bruce, who excels with his bouncy, melodic bass line. Shame they couldn’t have held the band together as this is brilliant stuff and I find their catalogue, short though it is, increasingly revealing and rewarding over the years. But Badge still ranks as the cream of the crop.

21 thoughts on “Cream – Badge (Song Review)”

  1. Agree with this totally. My very favorite Cream song, meaningless lyrics and all. The version they played during the 2005 reunion at the Royal Albert Hall is smokin’ too, sometimes I even like it best; you lose the piano but I like Clapton’s singing without the double tracking and background vocals.

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