Disraeli Gears [Deluxe Edition]

Disraeli Gears [Deluxe Edition]

by Cream
     
 

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Intense Cream fans and collectors might be disappointed in the two-CD deluxe edition of Disraeli Gears for offering little in the way of previously unreleased material. There is a lot of extra stuff here, mind you, which makes it a nice expansion of the group's best and most focused album. There's the original album in both stereo and

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Intense Cream fans and collectors might be disappointed in the two-CD deluxe edition of Disraeli Gears for offering little in the way of previously unreleased material. There is a lot of extra stuff here, mind you, which makes it a nice expansion of the group's best and most focused album. There's the original album in both stereo and mono; two outtakes of "Lawdy Mama" and five additional demos (all seven of which previously appeared on the Those Were the Days box set); and nine 1967-1968 BBC recordings from the Disraeli Gears era (all of which appear on the BBC Sessions compilation). The only wholly previously unavailable item is an alternate version of "Blue Condition" with Eric Clapton on lead vocal, in both stereo and mono, which actually qualifies as about the least interesting track on the set. And why, pray tell, is the BBC version of "Sunshine of Your Love" -- far and away the album's most popular song -- present on BBC Sessions, but not included here? That minor complaint aside, this is a fine listen, the main album enduring as the peak of Cream's artistry, as the group blended its original blues-rock with psychedelic pop on well-written songs with a mystical tinge. Almost every song is excellent, and "Sunshine of Your Love," "Dance the Night Away," "Swalbr," "Strange Brew," and "We're Going Wrong" are all among the very best tracks the band laid down. While the extras can't match the album itself, they're all worth hearing for both historical appreciation and actual listening pleasure. The five demos are considerably rougher than the much more polished final record, but offer three songs ("Hey Now Princess," "Weird of Hermiston," and "The Clearout") that didn't make the ultimate cut. None of them really deserved to, but the vituperative "Hey Now Princess" and more whimsical "Weird of Hermiston" are interesting relics of the Jack Bruce-Pete Brown songwriting partnership, while "The Clearout" is a pretty hot instrumental that sounds like a backing track only in need of some good lyrics to make for a worthwhile album cut. Six of the nine BBC recordings are versions of songs from Disraeli Gears itself, while two ("Politician" and "Born Under a Bad Sign") would appear on their subsequent LP, Wheels of Fire, and one (the instrumental "Steppin' Out") had been previously cut by Eric Clapton in his Bluesbreakers days. In the usual BBC tradition, these nine tracks aren't up to the level of their studio counterparts, but make for worthy contrast to the better-known versions, with a certain live edge.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2004
Label:
Polydor / Umgd
UPC:
0602498193129
catalogNumber:
000333102
Rank:
33287

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Strange Brew
  2. Sunshine Of Your Love
  3. World Of Pain
  4. Dance The Night Away
  5. Blue Condition
  6. Tales Of Brave Ulysses
  7. Swlabr
  8. We're Going Wrong
  9. Outside Woman Blues
  10. Take It Back
  11. Mother's Lament
  12. Lawdy Mama
  13. Blue Condition
  14. We're Going Wrong
  15. Hey Now Princess
  16. Swlabr
  17. Weird Of Hermiston
  18. The Clearout

Disc 2

  1. Strange Brew
  2. Sunshine Of Your Love
  3. World Of Pain
  4. Dance The Night Away
  5. Blue Condition
  6. Tales Of Brave Ulysses
  7. Swlabr
  8. We're Going Wrong
  9. Outside Woman Blues
  10. Take It Back
  11. Mother's Lament
  12. Lawdy Mama
  13. Blue Condition
  14. Strange Brew
  15. Tales Of Brave Ulysses
  16. We're Going Wrong
  17. Born Under A Bad Sign
  18. Outside Woman Blues
  19. Take It Back
  20. Politician
  21. SWLABR
  22. Steppin' Out

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cream   Primary Artist
Ginger Baker   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Jack Bruce   Harmonica,Piano,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Ginger Baker   Arranger,Composer
William Bell   Composer
Jack Bruce   Arranger,Composer
Cream   Producer
Pete Brown   Composer
Eric Clapton   Arranger,Composer
Tom Dowd   Engineer
Ahmet Ertegun   Producer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Felix Pappalardi   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Robert Stigwood   Arranger,Producer
Bernie Andrews   Producer
Gail Collins   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Martin Sharp   Composer,Cover Art
Robert Whitaker   Cover Photo
James C. Bracken   Composer
Bill Bebb   Producer
Blind Joe Reynolds   Composer
Ben Phillips   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Scott Schinder   Liner Notes

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