Cream was one of those cornerstone bands that influenced a great deal of musicians and continue to influence musicians today. This album (their debut, might I add) proves just that. Clapton, who was already gaining popularity as the next great blues guitarist, performs marvelously... Ginger Baker has to be one of the most skillful drummers of all time, and as Alex Van Halen once said about him, "he taught me that the drums are a musical instrument." Ginger produces a noisy yet colorful soundscape with his kit on this album, especially on "Toad" (where his drum solo could go up to 15 minutes live, as heard on the album Wheels of Fire).
Meanwhile, this album has a good balance of the feel-good upbeat songs (NSU, I Feel Free, Dreaming) and the incredible blues covers of Robert Johnson's Four Until Late, Muddy Waters' Rollin' and Tumblin', Skip James' I'm So Glad (thats more feel-good than bluesy), and of course the classic Willie Dixon tune Spoonful. Also included are some wild cards, like Sweet Wine, which I can't really classify, but I like it nonetheless.
Lastly, there is my favorite song of the lot, Cat's Squirrel, which is a rearrangement of another song (I don't remember what). It's a really swinging blues song with Jack Bruce on simple but effective harmonica. This song, I believe, demonstrates the band just having a good time.
All in all, this is a great album and if you like a balance of Blues and good ol' classic rock, you must start here.