Disraeli Gears

Disraeli Gears

by CreamCream


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Disraeli Gears, Cream's second recording, contains the riff that started a thousand rock 'n' roll bands. "Sunshine of Your Love," featuring Jack Bruce's pounding foundation figure (co-writer Eric Clapton cooked up the chorus) came to define late '60s hard rock, and, much to the band's chagrin, pointed the way to heavy metal in the next decade. In Cream's hands, however, even the bluntest of hard-rock devices were delivered with grace and precision, thanks to Bruce's inventive bass work, Ginger Baker's sophisticated drumming, and Clapton's gorgeous guitar playing. As perfectly meshed as this trio was, it is Clapton's thick-toned, supremely melodic picking that can't help but draw the most attention. To hear his cutting solos on "Outside Woman Blues," "Sunshine of Your Love" (with its "Blue Moon" quote), "Tales of Brave Ulysses" (featuring a startlingly effective use of the wah-wah pedal), and "Strange Brew" (where Clapton reinterprets an Albert King solo note-for-note) is to understand why he caused a sensation in the rock world, establishing a guitar-god reputation that has yet to fade.

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Release Date: 04/07/1998
Label: Polydor / Umgd
UPC: 0731453181120
catalogNumber: 531811
Rank: 2069

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