Disraeli Gears

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/1998
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 731453181120
  • Catalog Number: 531811
  • Sales rank: 3,001

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cream Primary Artist
Ginger Baker Drums, Vocals
Jack Bruce Bass, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals
Eric Clapton Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Jack Bruce Composer
Pete Brown Composer
Eric Clapton Composer
Tom Dowd Engineer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Remastering
Felix Pappalardi Composer, Producer
Robert Stigwood Arranger
Gail Collins Composer
Martin Sharp Illustrations
Arthur Reynolds Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    Cream of Cream

    One of those albums that must be owned before one can claim to have a decent collection of Rock N Roll music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great visionary album

    It`s the guitar. Just great riffs and awesome distortion. It´s also the compositions by Bruce,Brown and Clapton that are I think awesome also. My favorite songs are Strange Brew and the other one that Eric Clapton composed . I don`t remember the title but it had the famous ''woman tone'' that made him famous. Ginger Bakers drumming is also awesome, with Keith Moon influence but powerful.

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