|Produced by Felix Papallardi|
|Released on November 1967|
UK CHART POSITION #5 . . . US CHART POSITION #4 . . .|
GOLD RECORD (5/22/68), PLATINUM (11/10/93)
|Find it at GEMM|
|422-823 636-1 Y-1 cover|
O ne of the great artifacts from the ‘60s, an Aladdin’s lamp with a genie as accommodating as any to issue from the work of Jimi Hendrix or The Doors. As the cover suggests, this was transportative stuff at the time (and still is): Cream serving as the stylish sportscar alongside Hendrix’ hog or The Doors’ diesel truck in the highways of the mind. Part of the album’s appeal (to me anyway) is its inscrutable nature: “SWLABR” has always defied comprehension, “Sunshine of Your Love” and “Tales of Brave Ulysses” likewise are monuments to lost heroes. Cream steps back from the canvas when Jack Bruce steps back from the microphone; “Outside Woman Blues” (featuring Eric Clapton on vocals) and “Blue Condition” (Ginger Baker this time) aren’t artistic expression so much as plain musical expression (ok, so is “Take It Back”). Unfortunately, I don’t own Fresh Cream (yet), so a breakdown of leaps and bounds will have to wait for another day. The songs I have heard from their first album (“Spoonful,” “I’m So Glad,” “Sleepy Time Time”) seem light years removed from the masterful music of “Strange Brew” and “Sunshine of Your Love.” Even the closing “Mother’s Lament,” a playful bit of silliness if ever there was, underscores just how confident Cream was in the studio this time. They are clearly at the top of their game on Disraeli Gears, combining stellar musicianship with high-minded aspirations that literally sought to take popular music to a new level. If you wanted to make the case for Cream as a progressive rock outfit, I’d start with Disraeli Gears. Its influence pervades prog’s formative years and traces of it can be found in the work of King Crimson, Van Der Graaf Generator, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and even The Beatles.
|422-823 636-1 Y-1 back cover|
GINGER BAKER --
JACK BRUCE --
ERIC CLAPTON --
Tom Dowd -- engineer
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|UK||November 1967||Reaction||LPM/S||593/594 003||mono & stereo versions|
|US||November 1967||Atco||LP||SD 33-232||yellow label|
|US||Atco||LP||SD 33-232||purple/brown label|
|US||November 1977||Polygram/RSO||LP/CS||823 636||silver label reissue|
|US||1992||Mobile Fidelity||CD||UDCD-562||original master recording|
|WW||1998||Polydor||CD||531 811||digital remaster|
|JPN||Polydor||CD||UICY-9151||ltd. ed. digital remaster|
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