(function(h,o,t,j,a,r){ h.hj=h.hj||function(){(h.hj.q=h.hj.q||[]).push(arguments)}; h._hjSettings={hjid:104204,hjsv:5}; a=o.getElementsByTagName('head')[0]; r=o.createElement('script');r.async=1; r.src=t+h._hjSettings.hjid+j+h._hjSettings.hjsv; a.appendChild(r); })(window,document,'//static.hotjar.com/c/hotjar-','.js?sv=');


Cream In Chinatown?

Published on

uDiscover Music image background

In their review of Cream’s first album, Fresh Cream, Britain’s New Musical Express was none too sure. “The Cream….really startle the ears with their changes of volume and tempo as they play.”

They also appeared just a tad confused. “In Willie Dixon’s Spoonful you can almost visualize Chinatown at times.”

Ringo Starr - Zoom In
Ringo Starr - Zoom In
Ringo Starr - Zoom In
Format: UK English


  1. Douglas Isaacs

    June 29, 2015 at 5:09 am

    The Cream were great right from the beginning!

  2. Nick

    September 8, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    I think they were assuming the song to be a reference to a spoonful of “Chinese” heroin. Seen heroin described as “Chinese” in a few old newspapers about Brit musicians getting busted.

  3. Roger

    January 1, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Nick – I am not only a huge Cream fan who travelled 24,000 miles over 5 days to attend their London reunion in 2005 – I also have great admiration for the ability to recall or research little-known facts about anything. And that, my friend, is impressive! Thank you for sharing it. (And I would be every bit as impressed if you just made it up!)

  4. Grateful Greg

    January 2, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Good comments. The volume and tempo changes were exactly part of what grabbed us, it was fresh, pardon the pun. That first album actually made me think and feel differently about things. The Electric Blues, Aquarian style.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Don't Miss