Exposé Online banner

Cream — Disraeli Gears - Deluxe Edition
(Polydor B0003331, 1967/2004, 2CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2006-05-01

Disraeli Gears - Deluxe Edition Cover art

What comes to mind when you think of psychedelic blues rock? For me, it’s Cream. They were the most important UK rock band out of the 60s besides the Beatles and the Stones. Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker became household names during the summer of love with their international hit “Sunshine of Your Love.” Psychedelic tracks such as “Swlabr” and “Tales of Brave Ulysses” are less well known from the era with Clapton’s sinister wah wah guitar prominently out front that completely supersedes their nostalgic appeal. Odd pieces such as “Blue Condition” display an old-timey traditional feel while “Mother’s Lament” captures a drunken bar room mood. Both stereo and mono mixes of the complete track list are included for completists but it’s the bonus tracks that expand on the trio’s distinct prowess and telepathic interaction. “Lawdy Mama” versions one and two are included for the first time. The first take is at the request of Atlantic records head honcho Ahmet Ertegun and the performance spills over with raw passion. Three rejected Jack Bruce pieces are also presented that really work for the band, especially “Hey Now Princess” that shows the band had an abundance of good material to choose from. Engineer Tom Dowd (whom would later engineer most of Clapton’s 70s rock classics) was behind the boards and he considered these sessions among the best he engineered in the 60s. The BBC Tracks from '67 and '68 (“Strange Brew,” “Born under a Bad Sign,” and “Politician”) cement the live persona of the hard working edgy act. “Outside Woman Blues” also is pretty blistering in this form as well. Now with the band back in the reunion headlines this past year it seems appropriate to revisit this nugget from a bygone era.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 33, 2004 releases, 1967 recordings

Related artist(s): Cream, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker

Latest news

2019-01-31
Keyboardist Ingo Bischof R.I.P. – Keyboard player Ingo Bischof, best known as the longtime keyboard player of German band Kraan, passed away on January 29th, 2019. Bischof was born January 2, 1951 in Berlin-Kreuzberg and joined Kraan in 1975. » Read more

2019-01-11
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more

2019-01-02
Chicago-Based Surabhi Ensemble Tours the World in January – Surabhi Ensemble was formed more than a decade ago in Chicago with the aim of bringing together musicians from varying traditions to make music. Saraswathi Ranganathan, who plays veena, assembled a cast that includes Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and percussion from Africa and India. This month, the group will be sharing their sounds with concert-goers in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. » Read more

2018-12-23
Seaprog Festival Seeks Donations – Seaprog is a small festival in Seattle that highlights creative music from many genres with artists from around the world. It's also a US non-profit organization. They're seeking donations to help keep the ball rolling. Starting in 2013, the organization has been growing, and has featured such artists as Free Salamander Exhibit, Jack o' the Clock, Nik Turner, Cabezas de Cera, Miriodor, Thinking Plague, and many more. » Read more

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Starcastle - Song of Times – The late bassist Gary Strater’s dream to create one more Starcastle record was realized in 2006 with help from his long time engineer friend Mark Rubel, along with old band members and friends. Many...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues