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Album Review

Cream teamed up with producer Felix Pappalardi for their second album, Disraeli Gears, a move that helped push the power trio toward psychedelia and also helped give the album a thematic coherence missing from the debut. This, of course, means that Cream get further away from the pure blues improvisatory troupe they were intended to be, but it does get them to be who they truly are: a massive, innovative power trio. The blues still courses throughout Disraeli Gears — the swirling kaleidoscopic "Strange Brew" is built upon a riff lifted from Albert King — but it's filtered into saturated colors, as it is on "Sunshine of Your Love," or it's slowed down and blurred out, as it is on the ominous murk of "Tales of Brave Ulysses." It's a pure psychedelic move that's spurred along by Jack Bruce's flourishing collaboration with Pete Brown. Together, this pair steers the album away from recycled blues-rock and toward its eccentric British core, for with the fuzzy freakout "Swlabr," the music hall flourishes of "Dance the Night Away," the swinging "Take It Back," and of course, the old music hall song "Mother's Lament," this is a very British record. Even so, this crossed the ocean and also became a major hit in America, because regardless of how whimsical certain segments are, Cream are still a heavy rock trio and Disraeli Gears is a quintessential heavy rock album of the '60s. Yes, its psychedelic trappings tie it forever to 1967, but the imagination of the arrangements, the strength of the compositions, and especially the force of the musicianship make this album transcend its time as well.

Customer Reviews

"Weird Of Heaviness!"

.."Strange Brew; Girl; What's Inside Of You?"..Oh; Yeah!-{Afternoons Downstairs In D.J.'s "Pink Room"; Digging On The New 45 Of "Sunshine Of Your Love!"}-Thank you; Felix Pappalardi & Pete Brown for allowing us (once again!) to feel the Power & the Majesty of the Words & the Music of "Cream!"-Jack; Eric & Ginger were & are the "Quintessential Power Trio" from which all other Blues/Jazz/Prog/Rock "Power Trios" should now all bow down & say "We Are Not Worthy!' To!-On "Disraeli Gears"-(Rarities Edition); You get: Mono Versions; Alternates & Demos of Cream's by-now-classic 2nd LP!-There are no "Sour Notes" in the bunch; Just the "Cream Of The Crop!"-"Dance The Night Away!" Grimmbo.

Mono heaven

I think the mono version sounds so much better than the stereo which hard pans some of the instruments/vocals and is annoying in headphones. Mono fixes that.

Sweet !!

Sounds so much better the n the Stereo version . I dig some of the imaging on the stereo but would gladly trade it in to for this . The band sounds so tough and sharp .
and the outtakes are great Clapton’s guitar solos on many of the tracks a just killer this way !!!


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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