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Disraeli Gears Import


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  • Audio CD (3 Nov. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B0042LP67K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Butler on 11 Mar. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Whilst debate continues to rage as to the identity of the 'first' heavy metal album- Truth: Remastered, Led Zeppelin I: Remastered, In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida and many others vie for the title- few could doubt the influence of Disreali Gears on the upcoming generation of Sabbaths and Priests.

The Hendrix-influenced Sunshine of Your Love still stands today as a template for monolithic acid-rock and it is hard to deny that the speed and drive of SWLABR must have atleast pricked the ears of Claptons contemporaries Beck and Page. However, although it is true that DG stands as a highly influential album, its pallette is not limited to the hard and heavy. Strange Brew melts Albert King guitar licks with Barrett era Floyd imagery (The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn was released earlier in the year) and the psychadelic influences of 1967 are felt throughout the album lyrically (not least in the cod-cockney Mothers Lament which references both the Kinks ans Small Faces in its obvious affection for the kitsch of English music-hall culture.)

Musically the album reflects a golden time in the development of the trios musical ability- more assertive than their offerings on Fresh Cream, yet without the musical excesses that would later dog the band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Buyer of CDs/DVDs & BluRays on 12 Nov. 2012
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Disraeli Gears is one of the first heavy albums ever recorded. Songs like Tales Of Brave Ulysses and Sunshine Of Your Love were so powerful they had a big impact on me when I was a teenager. At the time I played those 2 tracks over and over trying to copy the riffs and get the same feel as Clapton had back in 1967. The rawness of the sound and Ginger Bakers amazing drumming with Jack Bruce's great vocals and bass playing made Cream a formidable band over 40 years ago.
Songs such as SWABR and Strange Brew give this album some consistency. However there are a few tracks that I have never been fond of, they can be described as fillers. Cream probably thought they were humorous. Mothers Lament is awful and the track Blue Condition is also very weak.
Disraeli Gears could have been an even more amazing classic if they had more time than the week they allowed to record the album in New York back in 1967. It was actually a rushed affair because of the amount of time they had left on their work visa. There was also some resentment from the record company to the material Jack was recording incredibly.
Saying this the fact is history has given us this group of songs and they have formed a very successful album that was a big seller.
Disraeli Gears is a classic blues rock album that helped form a heavier form of music that by the end of the 1960s become hard rock and eventually heavy metal.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Colin Rankin VINE VOICE on 12 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album defined the incredible power trio that was Clapton ,Bruce and Baker.A seminal album in every respect.If youngsters would listen to this today they would profoundly realise some of the limitations put onto modern bands by the record companies.Cream lasted only 2 years and during those 2 years were the biggest rock band in the world.......this album shows you why.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Prog Rob on 26 July 2014
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1967's 'Disraeli Gears' finds the power rock trio of Eric Clapton (guitar/vocals), Jack Bruce (bass/vocals), and Ginger Baker (drums/vocals) at the peak of their powers, both creatively and musically. With 13 tracks lasting around 33 minutes in total, this album is certainly short and sweet, but, just look at the quality - 'Strange Brew', 'Sunshine Of Your Love', 'Dance The Night Away', 'Tales Of Brave Ulysses', 'SWALBR' and 'We're Going Wrong' - all classic blues/rock numbers which make this album a joy to listen to. Buy this and discover your 1960s groove, guys!
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Basilides on 24 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
If you're thinking of buying 'Disraeli Gears' this is the one to get. The stereo mix on the first disc is far from satisfactory on most stereo equipment because of the way the drums are presented - much too isolated on the extreme right and too lightweight, with the guitar too isolated on the extreme left; unless you have a system with particularly heavy and tight mid-bass clout, then it's probably the mono version on the second disc that works best for the 5 most important tracks on the album (Sunshine, Ulysses, We're Going Wrong, Outside Woman Blues and SWLABR) with the drums much heavier and better integrated into the texture. This Deluxe Edition is the only way of getting the mono mix on CD.

Also on the mono disc you get the live BBC studio versions of all the numbers associated with this album plus 'Politician' 'Sitting on Top of the World' and 'Stepping Out'. These tracks are also found on 'Cream:the BBC Sessions' but here the sound is much improved.
Unfortunately 'Sunshine' from the BBC sessions is not included and so one has to put up with the really bad sound of this track on the earlier album. Why?
But the BBC recordings of 'Tales of Brave Ulysses', 'We're Going Wrong' and SWLABR three of their best numbers, are good alternative versions to the ones on 'Gears' and will help to keep your responses fresh. They are very close to the album versions but they are different enough. 'Outside Woman Blues' has an interestingly different guitar solo.
For those like myself who can't stand 'Strange Brew' in the commercially released version there is the much more 'authentic' live version they did for the BBC with a single solo singing voice instead of the sickening double tracked one. In this form it sounds like what it is: a simple blues.
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