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Disraeli Gears (180 gram pressing)
Polydor "Back To Black" series reissue; barcode 00753-54843:
"...the second album by British blues-rock group Cream. It was released in November 1967 and went on to reach #5 on the UK album chart. It was also their American breakthrough, becoming a massive seller there in 1968, reaching #4 on American charts. The album features the two singles "Strange Brew" and "Sunshine of Your Love". By this time, the group was veering quite heavily away from their blues roots to indulge in more psychedelic sounds.
The title of the album, Disraeli Gears, was actually a bit of an inside joke. Eric Clapton had been thinking of buying a racing bicycle, and was discussing it with Ginger Baker, when Mick Turner, one of the roadies, commented on the performance of "its got them Disraeli Gears" meaning to say "derailleur gears". The band thought this was hilarious, and decided that it should be the title of their next album. Had it not been for Mick, the album would simply have been entitled Cream.
Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker all contributed songs with the help of lyricist Pete Brown and producer Felix Pappalardi. The track "Blue Condition" was unusual in that Baker, although by any account not a singer, took the lead vocal. The album was recorded in New York by their American label, the Atco division of Atlantic Records during the band's stay in the United States.
The psychedelic cover art was created by Australian artist Martin Sharp, who lived in the same building as Clapton at the time of the Chelsea artists colony The Pheasantry. At their first meeting in a London club, Clapton mentioned that he had some music that needed lyrics, so Sharp wrote out a poem he had composed on a napkin and gave it to Clapton, who recorded it as "Tales of Brave Ulysses". In 2003 the album was ranked number 112 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
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A1. "Strange Brew" (Eric Clapton, Felix Pappalardi, Gail Collins Pappalardi) --- 2:46
A2. "Sunshine of Your Love" (Clapton, Jack Bruce, Pete Brown) --- 4:10
A3. "World of Pain" (Pappalardi, Collins) --- 3:03
A4. "Dance the Night Away" (Bruce, Brown) --- 3:34
A5. "Blue Condition" (Ginger Baker) --- 3:29
B1. "Tales of Brave Ulysses" (Clapton, Martin Sharp) --- 2:46
B2. "SWLABR" (Bruce, Brown) --- 2:32
B3. "We're Going Wrong" (Bruce) --- 3:26
B4. "Outside Woman Blues" (Blind Joe Reynolds, arr. Clapton) --- 2:24
B5. "Take It Back" (Bruce, Brown) --- 3:05
B6. "Mother's Lament" (Traditional, arr. Clapton, Bruce, Baker) --- 1:47
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