The Land & Peace
— Cream’s Disraeli Gears from 1967 was ranked number 114
on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums ever
and here are some very special takes.
Disraeli Gears was listed as the No. 1 album of 1968
by Cash Box in the year-end album chart in
the United States. The album features the two singles
“Strange Brew” and “Sunshine of Your Love”.
“Tune in, turn on, and have a listen.”
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Cream – Disraeli Gears
Disraeli Gears is my own
and a few friends of my friends
very favorite album by Cream
MIR: The Land, Mother Earth & Peace, November 5, 2019, by Paul Evans, video courtesy of “The Last Tavern” and YouTube — 33.30. The late sixties were a time of great musical experimentation, a kind of unrest and promise, musically and generally in society, and nowhere was that more true than in pop-rock music. Featured photograph of the super-group Cream’s Disraeli Gears album cover is courtesy of Wikipedia, to whom The Daily Walk with Love owes an immense debt of gratitude for their kind help over the years. If you wish to say hi, please email me, Paul, at email@example.com, thanks.
Wikipedia has the following description about Cream:
Cream were a 1960s British rock supergroup power trio consisting of bassist/singer Jack Bruce, drummer Ginger Baker, and guitarist/singer Eric Clapton. The group’s third album, Wheels of Fire (1968) ((Amazon.com digital mp3 download purchase page, $7.99)), was the world’s first platinum-selling double album. The band is widely regarded as the world’s first successful supergroup. In their career, they sold more than 15 million copies of their albums worldwide. Their music included songs based on traditional blues such as “Crossroads” and “Spoonful”, and modern blues such as “Born Under a Bad Sign”, as well as more eccentric songs such as “Strange Brew”, “Tales of Brave Ulysses” and “Toad”.
The band’s biggest hits were “I Feel Free” (UK number 11), “Sunshine of Your Love” (US number 5), “White Room” (US number 6), “Crossroads” (US number 28), and “Badge” (UK number 18).
Disraeli Gears was Cream’s second album, released in 1967 and had it’s biggest impact in the United States in 1968, really, as Cream was having internal clashes between band members. Despite drummer Ginger Baker‘s steadying influence, (Wikipedia article on Ginger Baker), the band would not outlast 1968. Eric Clapton went off to pursue a solo career (after a few false starts) and Ginger Baker returned to his true roots in jazz. I have listened to solo jazz albums by Ginger Baker (born 19 August 1939), and feel they are top notch, but basically only for those who truly like jazz as a genre. See Ginger Baker CD’s for sale on Amazon and you will be surprised at his huge contribution to jazz through the years. Rolling Stone rated Disraeli Gears as No. 114 of the 500 greatest albums of all time. I feel there is just the barest suggestion of the roots of punk rock here, too, though I have never read that anywhere else. It certainly has some strong psychedelic elements to it.
November 26, 1968 marked the farewell concert of the super-group Cream, who played together for only two years. However, they made a tremendous impact on the world of pop-rock music, and many people felt betrayed when they broke up. You can buy Cream’s greatest hits album at Amazon.com (digital mp3 download) here ($9.49, other purchase options available there. I think Cream’s Greatest Hits album is a really fine selection of songs and quite well done). Check out Cream’s Facebook page.
Wikipedia also has a good summary of the 1967 album Disraeli Gears:
Disraeli Gears is the second studio album by the British rock band Cream. It was released in November 1967 and went on to reach No. 5 on the UK Albums Chart. It was also the group’s American breakthrough, becoming a massive seller in 1968, and reaching No. 4 on the American charts. The album was No. 1 for two weeks on the Australian album chart and was listed as the No. 1 album of 1968 by Cash Box in the year-end album chart in the United States. The album features the two singles “Strange Brew” and “Sunshine of Your Love”.
The original 11-track album was remastered in 1998, and then subsequently released as a two-disc Deluxe Edition in 2004.
Highly recommended are Cream – 1967 The Real One, Master Eddie and YouTube – 1:54:31; and Cream Complete Reunion Concert 2005 (Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce & Ginger Baker), Cal Vid & YouTube – 1:23:06.
See Mix: Dire Straits & Eric Clapton – Sultans Of Swing, The Daily Walk with Love, March 4, 2017.
See “Sunshine of Your Love” – Cream – 1968 Farewell Concert, The Daily Walk with Love, March 15, 2017: “The late sixties (this Cream concert was in 1968) were a time of great musical experimentation, a kind of unrest and promise, musically, and nowhere was that more true than in pop-rock music.’Tune in, turn on, and have a listen.'”
Also see my article on one of Eric Clapton’s first group as a solo musician, Blind Faith, ♫ ♪♫ Blind faith in Hyde Park 1969 ♫ ♪♫, recently published on The Daily Walk with Love, which is a documentary concert film about this short-lived group (Clapton’s first band, which only released this one, self-titled album), with a lot of great music on it, too. 100,000 people attended this concert.
Cream – Disraeli Gears (sessions)
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