Disraeli Gears

Label
Universal Music AB
Release date
4 Oct 2004
Running length
40 tracks
Running time
124:11

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Strange Brew 2:47 318,392
2 Sunshine of Your Love 4:12 706,478
3 World of Pain 3:02 143,785
4 Dance the Night Away 3:34 115,705
5 Blue Condition 3:30 102,802
6 Tales of Brave Ulysses 2:46 242,071
7 SWLABR 2:32 222,962
8 We're Going Wrong 3:27 175,402
9 Outside Woman Blues 2:25 136,724
10 Take It Back 3:04 113,127
11 Mother's Lament 1:46 77,833
12 Lawdy Mama (Version 2) 2:47 2,619
13 Blue Condition (previously unreleased alternate version w/ Eric Clapton lead vocal… 3:09 240
14 We're Going Wrong (Demo Version) 3:49 615
15 Hey Now Princess (Demo Version) 3:31 523
16 Swlabr (Demo Version) 4:31 487
17 Weird Of Hermiston (Demo Version) 3:12 522
18 The Clearout (Demo Version) 3:56 540
1 Strange Brew (Mono version) 2:48 487
2 Sunshine Of Your Love (Mono version) 4:12 441
3 World Of Pain (Mono version) 3:06 406
4 Dance The Night Away (Mono version) 3:34 364
5 Blue Condition (Mono version) 3:28 331
6 Tales Of Brave Ulysses (Mono version) 2:50 388
7 Swlabr (Mono version) 2:32 424
8 We're Going Wrong (Mono version) 3:25 387
9 Outside Woman Blues (Mono version) 2:25 359
10 Take It Back (Mono version) 3:07 354
11 Mother's Lament (Mono version) 1:47 319
12 Lawdy Mama (Album out-take) 2:01 301
13 Blue Condition (previously unreleased alternate version w/ Eric Clapton lead vocal… 3:10 255
14 Strange Brew (BBC Sessions) 3:01 569
15 Tales Of Brave Ulysses (BBC Sessions) 3:40 427
16 We're Going Wrong (BBC Sessions) 3:25 852
17 Born Under A Bad Sign (BBC Sessions) 3:42 559
18 Outside Woman Blues (BBC Sessions) 3:19 543
19 Take It Back (BBC Sessions) 2:18 442
20 Politician (BBC Sessions) 3:59 405
21 SWLABR (BBC Session) 2:32 525
22 Steppin' Out (BBC Sessions) 1:50 678

About this album

Disraeli Gears is 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 the 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 was taken from an inside joke. Eric Clapton had been thinking of buying a racing bicycle and was discussing it with Ginger Baker, when a roadie named Mick Turner commented, “it’s got them Disraeli Gears”, meaning to say “derailleur gears,” but instead alluding to 19th Century British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli. The band thought this was hilarious, and decided that it should be the title of their next album. Had it not been for Mick’s turn of phrase, the album would simply have been entitled “Cream.”

Clapton, Baker, and Jack Bruce all contributed songs with the help of lyricist Pete Brown and producer Felix Pappalardi. The track “Blue Condition” was unusual in that Baker, although not well known for his singing, took the lead vocal. The album was recorded at Atlantic Studios in New York during May 1967, following the band’s nine shows as part of Murray the K’s “Music in the 5th Dimension” concert series. Cream’s American label, ATCO, was a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlantic Records.
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