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Album Review

Cream's first album, 1967’s Fresh Cream, was still very much a blues-based affair filtered through rock’s emerging power trio format. When the group released Disraeli Gears later that same year, the psychedelic trappings of the new album’s lyrics disguised the fact that it was still very much blues-based, and this rarities collection (which consists of the mono mix edition of Disraeli Gears plus a handful of outtakes and demos) makes that point clear. The group took a couple of stabs at a version of “Lawdy Mama” during the Disraeli sessions, and the main riff in the song became the central riff of “Strange Brew,” which, lyrics aside, is “Lawdy Mama” dressed up in new clothes. Both versions of “Lawdy Mama” are included here, along with a couple of alternate versions of “Blue Condition.” The mono mix of the album brings out the vocals a little more but doesn’t differ markedly from the more familiar stereo mix. It’s fun to hear the outtakes and alternates, but this set is really for die-hard Cream fans only. Casual listeners should probably just stick with the stereo version of the original album.

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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