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4.0 out of 5 stars An influential 1967 classic
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...
Published on 11 Mar. 2010 by J. J. Butler

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3.0 out of 5 stars Know what to expect or you'll be disappointed
Looking at the reviews of this album, it's interesting to note that the vast majority of those who rave about this album got into it in the 60s, or roughly at the time it came out. There is always a danger in such a case of not rating something objectively, as the emotional connection often overrides the actual quality of the music. I too feel the same way about some of...
Published on 8 Feb. 2011 by Michael


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4.0 out of 5 stars An influential 1967 classic, 11 Mar. 2010
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J. J. Butler (Midlands, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Disraeli Gears (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. Bakers heavy use of the toms for example throughout the album are effective yet restrained. Although Clapton would arguably reach the nadir of his status as 'guitar hero' with the release of the extended live Crossroads solo on Wheels Of Fire, he manages to escape the limits of his reverential blues repetoir, and shines briefly as an artist with his own unique, vocal, lead guitar style. Bruce continues to defy blues-bass confines with subversive jazz voicings and an assertive, driving tone.

Many say that Creams musicians- and Clapton in particular- peaked their careers in this band. If this is so, then Disreali Gears qualifies as not just their greates collective achievement, but a remarkable highlight in the lives of 3 talented musicians.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the classic 60s albums, 12 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Disraeli Gears (Audio CD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent and revolutionary rock music., 12 Dec. 2000
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Mr. Colin Rankin "Colin Rankin" (Braintree, essex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 1960s Blues Rock, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one to get because of the mono mix (and more), 24 April 2008
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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. Even better is the original blues it is based on called 'Lawdy Mama', the out-take of which is also included here' If only this had been used for the album as released instead of the atrocious kitsch which is 'Strange Brew'. This crime against good taste should have offended far more people than it has, and unfortunately to this day in this country it is the first thing that comes to mind for the un-initiated when the name Cream is mentioned since it was their only chart success here - in the States, thank god, it was 'Sunshine Of Your Love'.
One of the most interesting things is an ur-version of 'Politician' showing it still in the process of creation with provisional lyrics, later rejected, and played much faster. they were obviously having fun on this one.
SWLABR has much more rhythmic vitality than the familiar version and most enjoyable. The same is true of 'Steppin Out' which is better and faster than the one on Live Cream Vol.2.
In addition, on the first disc, there are some demos of a few other numbers otherwise only available on the over expensive and badly conceived 'Those Were the Days' 3 CD set which doesn't have the mono mix.

But the live albums are more important. See my reviews.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The quintessential Cream., 16 Sept. 2001
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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Yes there are other albums and singles that may strike your fancy. But this one is the first to come to mind when mentioning Cream. It is too bad that the samples stop before "Tales Of Brave Ulysses" as each track is unique. Therefor you have to listen to them all to get a more complete picture of this group.
Warning this album is addictive I find my self singing, " Sunshine Of Your Love" a little too loud at work and then I hear others completing the words from other cubes
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disraeli Gears: Cream - A strange brew, but a classic blues rock record nonetheless, 20 Jan. 2012
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This review is from: Disraeli Gears [VINYL] (Vinyl)
1967s Disraeli gears was the second album from renowned British supergroup Cream. Following their explosive '66 debut `Fresh Cream', they continued in the same vein. Baker's powerful drumming, not afraid to change pace and rhythm, Bruce's inventive bass lines and Clapton's incendiary guitar work combine to produce another album of boundary pushing (for the time!) and classic blues rock with a heavy jazz infusion. Unafraid to show off their solo talents, almost in competition with each other to be the best, each pushed the other two to the greatest heights and another classic of the British blues scene results. 5 Stars.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Disraeli Gears: Cream - A strange brew, but a classic blues rock record nonetheless, 20 Jan. 2012
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1967s Disraeli gears was the second album from renowned British supergroup Cream. Following their explosive '66 debut `Fresh Cream', they continued in the same vein. Baker's powerful drumming, not afraid to change pace and rhythm, Bruce's inventive bass lines and Clapton's incendiary guitar work combine to produce another album of boundary pushing (for the time!) and classic blues rock with a heavy jazz infusion. Unafraid to show off their solo talents, almost in competition with each other to be the best, each pushed the other two to the greatest heights and another classic of the British blues scene results. 5 Stars.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Disraeli Gears: Cream - A strange brew, but a classic blues rock record nonetheless, 20 Jan. 2012
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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1967s Disraeli gears was the second album from renowned British supergroup Cream. Following their explosive '66 debut `Fresh Cream', they continued in the same vein. Baker's powerful drumming, not afraid to change pace and rhythm, Bruce's inventive bass lines and Clapton's incendiary guitar work combine to produce another album of boundary pushing (for the time!) and classic blues rock with a heavy jazz infusion. Unafraid to show off their solo talents, almost in competition with each other to be the best, each pushed the other two to the greatest heights and another classic of the British blues scene results. 5 Stars.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Disraeli Gears: Cream - A strange brew, but a classic blues rock record nonetheless, 20 Jan. 2012
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1967s Disraeli gears was the second album from renowned British supergroup Cream. Following their explosive '66 debut `Fresh Cream', they continued in the same vein. Baker's powerful drumming, not afraid to change pace and rhythm, Bruce's inventive bass lines and Clapton's incendiary guitar work combine to produce another album of boundary pushing (for the time!) and classic blues rock with a heavy jazz infusion. Unafraid to show off their solo talents, almost in competition with each other to be the best, each pushed the other two to the greatest heights and another classic of the British blues scene results. 5 Stars.

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