"I Feel Free" is a song first recorded by the British rock band Cream. The lyrics were written by Pete Brown, with the music by Jack Bruce. The song showcases the band's musical diversity, effectively combining blues rock with psychedelic pop.[3]

"I Feel Free"
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Single by Cream
B-side"N.S.U."
ReleasedDecember 1966 (1966-12)[1]
Format7-inch single
RecordedSeptember 1966
StudioRyemuse, London[2]
GenreBlues rock, psychedelic pop[3]
Length2:48
Label
Composer(s)Jack Bruce
Lyricist(s)Pete Brown
Producer(s)Robert Stigwood
Cream UK singles chronology
"Wrapping Paper"
(1966)
"I Feel Free"
(1966)
"Strange Brew"
(1967)
Cream US singles chronology
"I Feel Free"
(1967)
"Spoonful"
(1967)
Audio sample

"I Feel Free" was released in the UK by Reaction Records as the group's second single and reached number 11 on the singles chart. In the US, Atco Records issued it as their debut single as well as the opening track on the group's first album, Fresh Cream (1967).

BackgroundEdit

"I Feel Free" was recorded in September 1966 at Ryemuse Studios. The song was recorded on an Ampex reel-to-reel audio tape recorder 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.[2]

ChartsEdit

"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.[4] In the US the single reached number 116 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart in December 1967.[5]

PersonnelEdit

Cover versionsEdit

Belinda Carlisle versionEdit

"I Feel Free"
 
Single by Belinda Carlisle
from the album Heaven on Earth
Released1988
Format
Recorded1987
StudioOcean Way, Los Angeles
GenreRock
Length4:50
LabelMCA
Composer(s)Jack Bruce
Lyricist(s)Pete Brown
Producer(s)Rick Nowels
Belinda Carlisle singles chronology
"Circle in the Sand"
(1988)
"I Feel Free"
(1988)
"World Without You"
(1988)

"I Feel Free" was recorded by American singer Belinda Carlisle in 1987 for her second studio album, Heaven on Earth (1987). The recording was produced by Rick Nowels. It was the fourth single released from the album, only released in the US.

The 7-inch single has the song "Should I Let You In?" on the B-side, while the 12-inch single 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. An accompanying music video using concert footage was produced to promote the single.

Jack Bruce versionEdit

In 1986, a solo version by Jack Bruce was featured on a Renault 21 commercial and became his only solo UK hit, appearing for only one week at 95.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Strong, Martin Charles (2002). The Great Rock Discography. The National Academies. p. 323. ISBN 978-1-84195-312-0.
  2. ^ a b Clapton, Eric (2007). Clapton: The Autobiography. New York City: Broadway Books. p. 79. ISBN 978-0-7679-2536-5.
  3. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. "Song Review: I Feel Free – Cream". AllMusic.
  4. ^ "Cream – Singles". Official Charts. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1998). Bubbling Under Singles & Albums. Menonomee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 55. ISBN 0-89820-128-4.
  6. ^ "JACK BRUCE – full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 16 October 2016.

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