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From the Vinyl Vault: Cream's Disraeli Gears


Disraeli Gears by Cream

Cream, one of the first power trios, released this psychedelic album in late 1967 when many rock albums (and bands) had seemingly non-sensical names.

Legend has it that the title of the album came from a roadie's verbal gaffe: 

“The title of the album is based on a malapropism. Eric Clapton had been thinking of buying a racing bicycle and was discussing it with Ginger Baker, when a roadie named Mick Turner commented, "it's got them Disraeli gears", meaning to say "derailleur gears", but instead alluding to 19th-century British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli.”

 It helps to read Mick Turner’s comment in a heavy Cockney accent.

Tracks on the album: 

Strange brew--Sunshine of your love--World of pain--Dance the night away--Blue condition--Tales of brave Ulysses--Swlabr--We're going wrong--Outsidewoman blues--Take it back--Mother's lament.

Find out more: 

NPR's All Songs Considered, "You've Never Heard Cream's Disraeli Gears?"

BBC Music's Review of Cream's Disraeli Gears

Check out Cream's Disraeli Gears from the University Library. You can listen on one of our turntables here or take it home to listen if you have your own. 

Rolling Stone's Review of Cream's Disraeli Gears