Cream and The Firm Among Top Supergroups

11/23/2011
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(Gibson) The notion of the "supergroup" has always held a special fascination for rock fans, who relish the prospect of hearing what top tier artists can achieve when they join forces. True, superstar egos often clash, but when talent and chemistry come together in the right way, the results can be pure magic. Recently, the supergroup concept has taken on a new life witness the latest entry, SuperHeavy but through the years many major artists have attempted such projects. Gibson has picked 10 supergroups who have done proper justice to the concept. Here are a couple:

Cream: In contrast to their relatively brief period together the group disbanded after a little more than two years Cream's influence and enduring legacy have been monumental. Formed in 1966, the power trio of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker journeyed through incendiary blues, searing hard rock and melody-driven (though still hard-hitting) psychedelia. Tracks such as "Sunshine of Your Love" and "White Room" helped pave the way for Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and similarly heavy bands that emerged at the dawn of the '70s.

The Firm: Founded in 1984, The Firm centered on Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and ex-Free singer Paul Rodgers, with bassist Tony Franklin and drummer Chris Slade (formerly of Uriah Heep) rounding out the lineup. Released in 1985, the band's self-titled debut album failed to light up the charts, but The Firm's music has aged well and fits comfortably alongside the varied accomplishments of both Page and Rodgers. A second album, Mean Business, was released in 1986, before The Firm closed its doors. Subsequently, Page said the group was never meant to last for more than two albums. See who else made the list here

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