I Feel Free
|"I Feel Free"|
|Single by Cream|
|Recorded||September 1966 at Ryemuse Studios in London|
|Genre||Blues rock, psychedelic pop|
|Writer(s)||Jack Bruce and Pete Brown|
|Cream singles chronology|
"I Feel Free" is a song first recorded by the British rock band Cream. The song's lyrics were written by Pete Brown, its music by Jack Bruce. It was the first track on the US issue of their debut album, Fresh Cream (1966), and the band's second hit single (the first being "Wrapping Paper"). As with all tracks on Cream's US debut, producer's credit went to Robert Stigwood.
"I Feel Free" was recorded in September 1966 at Ryemuse Studios. The track was recorded on an Ampex Reel-to-reel audio tape recording by Robert Stigwood and John Timperley. Stigwood made the decision to omit the song on the British release of Fresh Cream, and instead released it as a single.
Single track listings
|Name||Location||Format||Record Label||Release Date|
|"I Feel Free" b/w "N.S.U."||UK||7" 45rpm||Reaction 591 011||December 1966|
|"I Feel Free" b/w "N.S.U."||US||7" 45rpm||Atco 6462||December 1966|
|"I Feel Free" b/w "N.S.U."||Europe||7" 45rpm||Polydor 59 058||1966–1967|
|"I Feel Free" b/w "White Room"||Germany||7" 45rpm||RSO 2090 535||1970|
|"I Feel Free" b/w "Badge"||UK||7" 45rpm||Polydor POSP 812||1986|
"I Feel Free" first entered the UK Singles Chart on 17 December 1966 at number 50, hit its highest position on 28 January 1967 at number 11, and was last seen on 4 March 1967 at number 49; the song spent a total of 12 weeks on the charts. In the US the single reached number 116 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart in December 1967.
Belinda Carlisle version
|"I Feel Free"|
|Single by Belinda Carlisle|
|from the album Heaven on Earth|
|Format||CD single, 7" single, 12" single|
|Writer(s)||Jack Bruce, Pete Brown|
|Belinda Carlisle singles chronology|
The song was covered by Belinda Carlisle in 1987 on her second solo album, Heaven on Earth, produced by Rick Nowels. It was the fourth single released from the album, only released in the United States in the formats of CD single, 7" single and 12" single. The 7" record has the song "Should I Let You In?" on the B-side, while the 12" record includes an extended mix and a dub version. It peaked at number 88 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The extended version of the song was used in the 1988 film License to Drive.
A music video using concert footage was produced to promote the single.
Jack Bruce version
Other cover versions
The Second Coming covered the song, which later appeared on The Allman Brothers Band's box set Dreams.
David Bowie performed this song during his Ziggy Stardust tour in 1972. Twenty-one years later, Bowie recorded the song for his Black Tie White Noise album. This featured guitarist Mick Ronson on a Bowie recording for the first time since 1973. Bowie's version was also included on a radio promo release of the single "Jump They Say". A live version, recorded 6 May 1972 , at Kingston Polytechnic, London, was released on the semi-legal album RarestOneBowie in 1994.
Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge covered the song for their 1972 album "THE BRIDGE IN BLUE".
Marcella Detroit, aka Marcy Levy, covered "I Feel Free". She co-wrote "Lay Down Sally" and worked with Eric Clapton during his solo career in the 70s and 80s. This was released on her and Elton John's duet single, "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", in 1994.
Foo Fighters included the song on their 2005 "DOA" single, and also on the Best Buy-exclusive EP, Five Songs and a Cover. Foo Fighters' version features drummer Taylor Hawkins on vocals, and the usual frontman Dave Grohl on drums.
- "I Feel Free" was the first song ever played on rock station WBCN in Boston, Massachusetts at approximately 10 p.m on 15 March 1968. It was also the second to last song played on the night of 11 August 2009, leading up to the station's format and callsign change.
- Cream's recording is featured in the 1983 period piece Purple Haze. It was also the opening song for the 2015 film "Joy" with Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro.
- Strong, Martin Charles (2002). The great rock discography. The National Academies. p. 323. ISBN 978-1-84195-312-0.
- Clapton, Eric (2007). Clapton: The autobiography. New York: Broadway Books. ISBN 978-0-385-51851-2.
- Unterberger, Richie. "Song Review: I Feel Free - Cream". AllMusic.
- "Lyrics: Fresh Cream". JackBruce.com. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
- "CREAM - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
- Whitburn, Joel (1998). Bubbling Under Singles & Albums. Menonomee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 55. ISBN 0-89820-128-4.
- "JACK BRUCE - full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 October 2016.