CREAM – DISRAELI GEARS – November 1967
This album qualifies as historic and classic for many reasons; most notably for “Sunshine of Your Love” which introduced one of the heaviest riffs of all time and became the de-facto anthem for the entire Psychedelic Rock Era.
Cream: Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, one of the first Supergroups, if not thee first, had their own “supergroup” with Felix Pappalardi writing and producing and Tom Dowd engineering; another reason that greatly added to this historic and classic album. Plus, this was a definite break from their blues roots with a timely excursion into original Psychedelic Rock which served them and us, extremely well.
Disraeli Gears was an immediate hit with all of us Hippies as it was powerful, mind-bending Rock that conjured up a “Strange Brew” of “Tales of Brave Ulysses” on a journey of acid-laced “Swalbr”, all bathed in the “Sunshine of Your Love” – that’s right, Cream were Far Out, Way Far Out – and we loved it!
I distinctly remember Christmas-time December 1967; my girlfriend and I went to the drive-in to see Disney’s “Jungle Book” and once there she gave me two Christmas presents; one was a sealed stereo copy of the Disraeli Gears album and the other was a wild night in the “Passion Pit” (the back seat of my ’51 Buick was literally like a small bedroom – (check this Buick Dynaflow link for proof) – we missed most all of “The Jungle Book “.
Man, did it! Note the “spaciousness and comfort” benefits stated toward the end of this clever advertisement for the 1951 Buick – it really was spacious and comfortable!
So while Disraeli Gears has earned the historic and classic image of its psychedelic album cover art and the sounds of its epic ground-breaking songs of those psychedelic Hippie-days; it also triggers crystal-clear personal memories of days and nights of the pure pleasure of sex, drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll!
DISRAELI GEARS: Strange Brew – Sunshine Of Your Love – World Of Pain – Dance The Night Away – Blue Condition – Tales Of Brave Ulysses – Swlabr – We’re Going Wrong – Outside Woman Blues – Take It Back – Mother’s Lament