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Disraeli Gears [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 602498193129
  • Catalog Number: 000333102
  • Sales rank: 39,813

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Strange Brew (2:49)
  2. 2 Sunshine Of Your Love (4:12)
  3. 3 World Of Pain (3:05)
  4. 4 Dance The Night Away (3:36)
  5. 5 Blue Condition (3:32)
  6. 6 Tales Of Brave Ulysses (2:49)
  7. 7 Swlabr (2:34)
  8. 8 We're Going Wrong (3:29)
  9. 9 Outside Woman Blues (2:27)
  10. 10 Take It Back (3:07)
  11. 11 Mother's Lament (1:49)
  12. 12 Lawdy Mama (2:49)
  13. 13 Blue Condition (3:11)
  14. 14 We're Going Wrong (3:49)
  15. 15 Hey Now Princess (3:33)
  16. 16 Swlabr (4:33)
  17. 17 Weird Of Hermiston (3:14)
  18. 18 The Clearout (3:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Strange Brew (2:51)
  2. 2 Sunshine Of Your Love (4:14)
  3. 3 World Of Pain (3:09)
  4. 4 Dance The Night Away (3:37)
  5. 5 Blue Condition (3:31)
  6. 6 Tales Of Brave Ulysses (2:53)
  7. 7 Swlabr (2:35)
  8. 8 We're Going Wrong (3:28)
  9. 9 Outside Woman Blues (2:27)
  10. 10 Take It Back (3:08)
  11. 11 Mother's Lament (1:50)
  12. 12 Lawdy Mama (2:04)
  13. 13 Blue Condition (3:12)
  14. 14 Strange Brew (3:00)
  15. 15 Tales Of Brave Ulysses (3:39)
  16. 16 We're Going Wrong (3:24)
  17. 17 Born Under A Bad Sign (3:41)
  18. 18 Outside Woman Blues (3:18)
  19. 19 Take It Back (2:17)
  20. 20 Politician (3:59)
  21. 21 SWLABR (2:32)
  22. 22 Steppin' Out (3:36)
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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
Suha Gur Mastering
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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