"I Feel Free" was an important song for the band. The song contained one of the more brief guitar solos by Eric Clapton, and became effectively the first song to showcase what the band had to offer. Though much of Cream's repertoire was blues-rock, this song presented straight rock and psychedelic aspects.
|Chart (1966)||Peak |
|UK Singles Chart||11|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||88|
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 , at Kingston Polytechnic, London, was released on the semi-legal album RarestOneBowie in 1994.
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 song 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 was not Carlisle's most successful single, peaking at number 88 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The extended version of the song was used in the 1988 film License to Drive.
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.
The Foo Fighters included the song on their 2005 DOA single, and also on Best Buy exclusive E.P., Five Songs and a Cover. Foo Fighters' version features drummer Taylor Hawkins on vocals, and the usual frontman Dave Grohl on drums.