October, 1966, Polydor, NH 59726, Sweden 45 picture sleeve
|Single by Cream|
|Recorded||August 1966 at Chalk Farm|
|Genre||Rhythm and blues, jazz|
|Label||Reaction Records 591 007|
|Songwriter(s)||Jack Bruce, Pete Brown|
|Cream singles chronology|
In contrast with the hard blues of other early Cream songs such as "N.S.U." and the psychedelic pop-style of "I Feel Free," it has a distinctive slow-jazz style. The song reflects the band's iconoclastic persona and refusal to fit into accepted and orthodox musical styles and categories.
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."
The recording is featured on The Very Best of Cream.
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".
- Jack Bruce - Lead vocals, bass guitar, piano, cello
- Eric Clapton - Backing vocals, guitar
- Ginger Baker - Drums, Percussion
|UK Top 40|
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