Wrapping Paper

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"Wrapping Paper"
October, 1966, Polydor, NH 59726, Sweden 45 picture sleeve
Single by Cream
B-side "Cat's Squirrel"
Released October 1966[1]
Format 7" Single
Recorded August 1966 at Chalk Farm[2]
Genre Rhythm and blues, jazz
Length 2:25
Label Reaction Records 591 007[1]
Writer(s) Jack Bruce, Pete Brown
Producer(s) Robert Stigwood
Cream singles chronology
"Wrapping Paper"
(October 1966)
"I Feel Free"
(December 1966)

"Wrapping Paper" is a song with music composed by Jack Bruce and lyrics by Pete Brown,[3] performed by Cream and originally released as a single in 1966 with "Cat's Squirrel" as the B side. It is featured on The Very Best of Cream. In contrast with the hard blues of other early Cream songs such "N.S.U." and the pop-style of "I Feel Free," it has a distinctive slow-jazz style.

The 45 single released on Reaction Records reached #34 on the British pop singles chart in 1966, the first Top 40 hit for the band.

Drummer Ginger Baker was not fond of the song: "'Wrapping Paper' is the most appalling piece of shit I've ever heard in my life! I was totally against it, right from the start... Eric and I didn't like it."[4]

Lyrical meaning[edit]

The lyrics to "Wrapping Paper" talk about a man who lost his love and finds himself constantly looking at a picture of himself and his love and keeps wishing to go back "to the house on the shore." The song's lyrics share common similarities with the songs "Dreaming" and "The Coffee Song".

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Year Single Position
UK Top 40
October
1966
"Wrapping Paper"/
"Cat's Squirrel"
#34[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Strong, Martin Charles (2002). The great rock discography. The National Academies. p. 323. ISBN 978-1-84195-312-0. 
  2. ^ Clapton: the Autobiography by Eric Clapton
  3. ^ "Lyrics - Fresh Cream". Jack Bruce. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  4. ^ "Ginger Baker interview". 
  5. ^ "UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". everyHit.com. 2000-03-16. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 

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