Supergroup Cream recorded their second album, Disraeli Gears at Atlantic Studios in New York during May 1967. Following a short but very successful U.S. tour during August, the band released the LP on November 2, 1967, and it immediately shot up to the Top 5 in both the U.S. and Britain. And for good reason. Disraeli Gears is a perfect blend of British psychedelic rock and American blues-rock, delivered by the leading power trio of the day, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. Cream brought in Felix Pappalardi to produce Disraeli Gears, which tightened up their sound following loose collection of mostly blues covers from their debut, Fresh Cream (1966). Pappalardi would eventually go on the form Cream-influenced, power rock Mountain with Leslie West in the 70s, but his work with Clapton, Bruce and Baker resulted in a terrific collection of sometimes spacey, but always dead-on interpretations of blues-rock from a Brit’s viewpoint. Included on Disraeli Gears are some of Cream’s best known and enduring songs, “Sunshine Of Your Love” (#5 in the U.S. in early 1968), “Strange Brew” and “Tales of Brave Ulysses,” as well as the wailing, psych-rocker “Swablr.”
Disraeli Gears ranks #9 on my list of the Top 25 albums for 1967 and #112 on the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It is available as download tracks from iTunes (click here) and as a CD from Amazon (click here).