Crossroads (4:15)

Cover of The Cream of Clapton

From The Cream of Clapton and 43 other releases

Crossroads is a song based on “Cross Road Blues” by Robert Johnson released on Cream’s double album “Wheels Of Fire” in 1968.

During the spring of 1968, Cream came to America for their second US tour; after their first concert in Santa Monica on March 23, they played a string of dates at the Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco (Feb 29, and March 1, 2, 8, 9, 10 (all dates with two shows), with two dates at the Fillmore West on March 3 and 7 (both dates with two shows as well). It was during the first set of the March 10 show that Cream recorded “Crossroads”. Arranged by guitarist Eric Clapton, the Cream version had a faster tempo than the original, and included two lines borrowed from Johnson’s “Traveling Riverside Blues.”

Unlike Cream’s usual arrangement with bassist Jack Bruce singing, guitarist Eric Clapton took the vocals on this recording. Clapton’s explosive guitar solos cemented his reputation as a guitar legend; his work from the track was named by one critic the greatest live rock solo ever. Bruce’s fluid bass playing, blurring the line between rhythm and melody, has been similarly honored as the second-best live bass performance.

It was placed at #409 on the 2004 List of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and #3 on the 2008 RS Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time lists.

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I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees
Down to the crossroads, fell down on my knees
Asked the Lord above for mercy, "Save me if you please"

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