Carl Palmer: My six best albums – The Who, Cream, Steve Winwood and more | Music | Entertainment

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STEVE WINWOOD: Arc Of A Diver (Universal/Island)

We’re both from the Birmingham area and I played with him once when I was about 13.

He was in the Spencer Davis Group and I was in the King Bees.

When this came out, my admiration grew. The album is beautifully made up and he’s one of our great artists.

CREAM: Fresh Cream (Polydor)

I saw Cream about eight times, the first time when I was supporting them at a club in Birmingham, and became infatuated with them.

I was amazed by the amount of noise they could create with three people.

From that day, I thought I’d like to play in a trio, where there’s no hiding.

THE WHO: Live At Leeds (Polydor)

The Who were the first top 10 group I saw on stage, when I Can’t Explain was No 1. Live albums were frowned upon until this.

While it has rough edges, the excitement generated is so good.

THE DAVE BRUBE CK QUARTET: Time Out (Columbia/Legacy)

I come from a classical music background and this was my first jazz album, which my parents bought me.

It was a big eye-opener: tracks such as Blue Rondo À La Turk sounded superb.

It was the blueprint for jazz in the future. BUDDY RICH: Three Classic Albums Plus (Avid Jazz) I got to hear the album This One’s For Basie [on this set] via my American drum teacher when I was about 12.

I heard the track Jumpin’ At The Woodside and thought, “That’s the technique I want to learn” – different rhythmical patterns that could be stitched together in any order.

JOURNEY: Escape (Columbia/Legacy)

When I was in the band Asia, Journey had the same producer.

I toured with them this year and I was amazed at the amount of beautiful, melodic songs they’d got.

It brought it back: how great this album was. And they did sound like the record when they played live.