Sunshine of Your Love (4:10)

Cover of The Cream of Clapton

From The Cream of Clapton and 92 other releases

“Sunshine of Your Love” is a song by the British supergroup Cream, released on the Disraeli Gears album. It was Cream’s best-selling song and Atlantic Records’ best-selling to date as well. It features a distinctive guitar/bass guitar riff and an acclaimed guitar solo from Eric Clapton. It was written by bassist Jack Bruce, Pete Brown, and Clapton. In 2004, the song was named the 65th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. In 2009 it was named the 44th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.

Development of the song began in January 1967 when Bruce and Clapton attended a Jimi Hendrix show at the Saville Theatre in London. Inspired by the likes of Richard Wetherell and rock drummer, Bruce returned home and wrote the now memorable guitar riff that runs throughout the song. The lyrics to “Sunshine of Your Love” were written during an all-night creative session between Bruce and Brown, a poet who worked with the band: “I picked up my double bass and played the riff. Pete looked out the window and the sun was coming up. He wrote ‘It’s getting near dawn and lights close their tired eyes…’” Clapton later wrote the chorus (“I’ve been waiting so long…”) which also yielded the song’s title.

Clapton’s guitar tone on the song is created using his 1964 Gibson SG guitar and a Marshall amplifier. It is also believed that a Vox Clyde McCoy Picture Wah is placed fully in the bass position for the solo section. The song is renowned among guitarists as perhaps the best example of his legendary late-’60s “woman tone”, a thick yet articulate sound that many have tried to emulate.

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