Oh I'm so excited to present this week's edition of My favorite albums. "Why?" You may ask.
Simple, three words: Cream, and Disraeli Gears.
Aww yes, Cream's Disraeli Gears:)
This is definitely the type of classic album that I've been meaning to write about here for awhile, but then another classic album by David Bowie, or Alice Cooper, or Led Zeppelin would pop into my head, and this one would be pushed to the back-burner.
Well no more.
So let's just jump into this thing alright?
Cream was a power trio, consisting of Eric Clapton on vocals and lead guitar, Jack Bruce on vocals and bass, and Ginger Baker on drums. And oh what power rock trio they were.
Disraeli Gears was Cream's 2nd album, right after their 1st, Fresh Cream(love that title:)
Fresh Cream was good in that it helped got the band's name out there, but it wasn't exactly lighting up the charts, stalling at number 39 on the US charts, despite having such hits as "I feel free", and a Willie Dixon cover, "Spoonful".(I love, love that last one)
But it wasn't until Cream hooked up with legendary producer Felix Pappalardi, that Cream really hit it big with this album.
Much like that time period, all the band's image and albums needed was color. Lots of it. And much like the rebellious kids of that generation rebelled with color and drugs, and wild imagery, so too did those elements become infused into what would become Disraeli Gears.
1). "Strange Brew"
Who doesn't already know this classic song right?
I did find out though that the producer(who later go on to form another short-lived classic rock band Mountain) and his wife wrote the lyrics to this song. Huh. This song was based off of the other classic Cream tune "Lawdy Mama", but really "Outside woman blues" is the song that's the most identical to it.
I love how Clapton's got that white man/Jew 'fro going on:)
2). "Sunshine of your love"
Another great Cream classic, and thanks to Martin Scorsese's masterpiece(and my favorite movie of all time)Goodfellas, became forever immortalized in one scene. Here it is:
Goddamn that's fucking awesome!
Hell, there's even a poster on that very scene out. Nice:)
3). "World of pain"
Basically the song's about all of the political and social upheaval going on at that time in the 60's and in 1967, when the album came out.
It's not a bad tune, and it seems to kind of put that decade in the proper perspective.
Nope this isn't like Van Halen's version, since that's a totally different song altogether. No this one, is about the writer of the song tripping on acid, trying to dance away his pain and frustrations.
Love the lyrics that go to this song:
"Gonna build myself a castle