White Room

White Room” is a song by British rock band Cream, composed by bassist Jack Bruce with lyrics by poet Pete Brown.[1] They recorded it for the studio half of the 1968 double album Wheels of Fire. In September, a shorter US single edit (without the third verse) was released for AM radio stations,[2] although album-oriented FM radio stations played the full album version. The subsequent UK single release in January 1969 used the full-length album version of the track.

Recording and composition

In 1967, at the initial session for Cream’s third album (then still unnamed), recording for “White Room” reportedly began in London. In December, work continued at Atlantic Studios in New York City and was completed during three sessions in February, April and June 1968, also at Atlantic.[3][4]

Jack Bruce sang and played bass on the song, Eric Clapton overdubbed guitar parts, Ginger Baker played drums and timpani, and Felix Pappalardi – the group’s producer – contributed violas.[5] Clapton played his guitar through a wah-wah pedal to achieve a “talking-effect”.[6] The song has an identical chord progression to Cream’s previous recording “Tales of Brave Ulysses“.[7] Both Bruce and Baker claimed to have added the distinctive 5
4 or quintuple metre opening to what had been a 4
4 or common time composition.[8]


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