White Room (1968)


Wheels Of Fire
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Haunted station, impressionistic word bursts, sadness, dark veils of a world in psychedelic gloom.

Ginger Baker tattoos the drums like a mad tribesman. Jack Bruce, who co-wrote the song with regular collaborator and wordsmith Pete Brown, works his bass sparely but effectively and delivers broken-down palace ghostly vocals.

You said no strings could secure you at the station
Platform ticket, restless diesels, goodbye windows
I walked into such a sad time at the station
As I walked out, felt my own need just beginning

I’ll wait in the queue when the trains come back
Lie with you where the shadows run from themselves

And then there is Clapton who is restrained, his ax talking back and forth with Jack Bruce’s vocals until he has a chance to solo, and then he delivers a powerful, compact tour de force, wah-wah-ing like a demon in the shadow world Cream created.