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Editors’ Notes

In their all-too-brief career in the mid to late ‘60s, Cream defined the “power trio.” By combining old-school blues with then current psychedelia and embracing the advancements in sound technology, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker forged a bludgeoning sound that drove audiences to hysteria and inspired future generations to solo beyond the pain threshold. While their musical virtuosity was indisputable, it was the band’s songs that gave them lasting power. Their second album, Disraeli Gears, features several classic rock radio staples that have become standard operation for emerging guitar players worldwide: “Strange Brew,” “Sunshine of Your Love,” “SWLABR” and “Tales of Brave Ulysses.” Those alone would be reason to take note, however, Gears also includes other overlooked pleasures. “World of Pain” and “Blue Condition” exhibit the band’s softer side, while “Dance the Night Away,” though hardly the dancefloor concoction its title implies, evokes a night of lava lamp gazing. The “Deluxe” edition includes both stereo and mono versions of the album, outtakes, alternate takes and live BBC recordings from 1967-68.

Customer Reviews

fantastico psychedellica! hippy like skippy, but still rockin' like dokken!

okay, it is a twenty dollar album, but if you are a fan of CREAM,which you should be if you have half an ounce of love for rock n' roll at all,this is a great album. Like all BBC recordings, the production is uber-proffesional, even by 1970s standards. or is this sixties. Regardless, cream stands the test of time, and they're like a less hessian version of The Who. But who am I to judge music? I'm an ugly old man with a skateboard and a shameful tattoo collection. But since you read this far of my diatribe, I might as well tell you which 5 songs you chould get enstead of spending 20 buchs for songs you don't like like bad spelling. I'll spell well. 1. Sunshine of your love 2. Strange Brew 3. Born under a bad sign 4. Swlbar (bbc duh) 5. Steppin Out I guess Eric Clapton is the white Jimmie Hendrix! Hardy har har! Can't you picture Eric Clapton in a convertible miata with red tinted sunglasses doing a hundred down 101 with a backpack of peruvian baking powder and 2 shaved poodles?

A correction about the description of the demos

The description of the demos as "unworthy" and relics of the Bruce/Brown collaborationis inaccurate. The fact is that Weird of Herminston, and The Clearout both show up on Bruce's first solo album, Songs for a Tailor, in beautifully realized versions - with instrumentation that is, frankly, beyond what Cream would have been able to produce. Hey Now Princess shows up a couple of decades later on Bruce's A Question of Time album with Ginger Baker on the drums and very capable guitarwork from, I believe, Vernon Reid. That version is at least on par, if not superior to anything Cream produced in the studio. People unaware of Jack Bruce's brilliance (which shone more after Cream) would benefit by picking up those albums or his absolute best, "Harmony Row".

my favorite songs hee hee hee

nice one cream.album is great.

Biography

Formed: 1966 in England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '90s, '00s

Although Cream were only together for a little more than two years, their influence was immense, both during their late-'60s peak and in the years following their breakup. Cream were the first top group to truly exploit the power trio format, in the process laying the foundation for much blues-rock and hard rock of the 1960s and 1970s. It was with Cream, too, that guitarist Eric Clapton truly became an international superstar. Critical revisionists have tagged the band as overrated, citing the musicians'...
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