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Disraeli Gears

Cream

1967

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Disraeli Gears

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3.48

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I was relived that this didn't include racist or anti-vax conspiracy theory themes, despite Eric Clapton's involvement. I don't know if we should separate the art from the artist, but for the purpose of this exercise I will try. Bluesy and psychedelic garage rock. It seems the Beatles weren't the only band doing interesting things in 1967. However, the interesting bits are relatively sparse here and there are several weak tracks, some of which are really quite annoying. The performance and musicianship maybe also disguises fairly nothingy song writing. Overall, about half of the album was enjoyable and it is easy to hear how this would have been influential. Sunshine of your Love the stand out track. 2/5.

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THIS ALBUM FUCKS! I actually remember linking this to Giulietti like a year ago, when i was on a 60's kick. this album is so far out there, but in the best way, and just makes you feel like you are drugs on points, lol. there are some weird fucking songs like "Mother's Lament" was fucking morbid, but the rest of the album is fucking genius.

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5

Quintessential psychedelic rock. Clatpon, Bruce, and Baker are all insanely talented, and each track managed to impress me. Lots of blues influence from Clapton's previous work in the Yardbirds. I love how the album goes from full psychedelia to blues near the end. Not a single bad track (ok Mother's Lament is just them having fun), and it becomes an enjoyable listen from start to end you can't get tired of.

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5

Even in a release year crowded with banger albums (Jimi Hendrix, "Are You Experienced" and Beatles, "Magical Mystery Tour" among them), Cream's "Disraeli Gears" stands out among the very best of the year or even the decade. It's got everything you want form a 60s rock album (self-aware lyrics, social commentary, a bit of psychedelic juju, driving rhythms, the works) but with that extra dose of face-melting blues guitar from the the one and only Eric Clapton. The man's a guitar legend for a reason. Clapton's guitars, Baker's rhythms, and Jack Bruce's vocal performances combine to push out such a great vibe I can't help but love every minute of it.

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Tales of Brave Ulysses and SWLBR are underrated gems. Classic album. Mother's Lament is weirdddd. Slightly repetitive at some points but a great listen. 4.5.

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5

This album makes me want to drop acid. Best track: Sunshine Of Your Love.

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5

Big Cream fan right here. I had already heard a lot of the big tracks on here but never the full album. Had a lot of fun jamming to this one. I enjoy a little more heavy, bluesy psych rock as opposed to the more pop/folksy stylings of Love. Wouldn't say Cream is an underrated band because they are very well respected, but I feel like the heavy psych rock discussion of that era is pretty dominated by Led Zeppelin. It was just cool to hear another laudable take on the genre.

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Yes, it's possible to separate Clapton's current tendencies to be an A-hole from the genius of CREAM. This album is a good reason. Nevermind the genius of Clapton's playing but listening to one of the greatest drummers Ginger Baker and the masterful bass playing of Jack Bruce makes this album such a sonic explosion that they only needed three members to do it.

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5

Anybody who has read any of my previous reviews knows that I am not a lover of Psychedelia but beware because whilst this nods to then custom of filling yourself with mind-altering substances (and I am sure that at least two of this trio, Ginger & Eric, where stoned for the whole of the sessions) do not be fooled by the cover. this is a Jazz/Blues album of the highest quality. Classics like "Sunshine of Your Love" and "Strange Brew" and the Jack Bruce Composed "Take It Back" with some lovely R & B Mouth Organ from Jack are all classics. Love it as it is still Blues before they got "Heavy"... But probably one album that is the reason we had Led Zep Dominating the 70's. Love it and rightfully on the list. P.S. Mothers Lament is a music Hall classic too!

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Nice steady late 60s vibes. And shout out to guitar hero with Sunshine on Your Love, classiccc. Would listen to chill and hang out with some upbeatness. Good high too

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I enjoyed this. It was a different take on psych rock than the Love album. That one seemed very very 60s-70s to me. This one I think translates better today without seeming of an era (though it still is). I enjoyed Strange Brew immediately. Clapton was kind of a shitty dude.

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Cream is always at their best when they lean harder into their psychedelia than leaning into blues. Also, I am convinced Cream is good in spite of Clapton rather than because of him.

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Wow okay so I guess I know a lot more Cream than I thought. I get it now. The fuzz, chunky low sounds, the voice. It’s every movie soundtrack set in the late 60s/early 70s. A couple of weaker tunes, but just a solid rock album.

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I can't believe I hadn't heard this album before. Sunshine of Your Love didn't even sound all that familiar to me. Anyway, this was bluesy and psychedelic in perfect amounts. It worked well. I hate Eric Clapton.

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What a trip! A grooveless blues rock pissabout with mildly funny jokes. At least the half-arsed Dylan impression was funny, regardless of whether it was intended to be.

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Sorry Eric Clapton, really not doing anything for me. I can understand the significance of this record, but it was 30 mins long and felt like an hour. Not a winner chicken dinner.

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5

5/5 classic

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5

Fun British rock

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5

Another classic, not much more I need to say

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5

Una obra cumbre de la Blues Rock/Psicodelia

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Temons als que poso nom

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5

A power trio if there ever was one. Clapton has the coolest guitar tone of all time here, and he shows it off on just about every track. The bass makes some wild moves all throughout the record. And Ginger Baker’s drums thunder on every track.

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5

Such a good album. Cream at their best.

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5

Really psychedelic of course, I loved it alot! Probably won’t be in my rotation save for a few songs in the back on my mind since It’s not necessarily my genre, but it’a amazing nontheless!

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5

Deliciously creamy jams

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Great album start to finish

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5

Strange brew Killing what’s inside of you She’s a witch of trouble in Elle tric blue She walks like a bearded rainbow

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5

Some lovely, lovely psychedelic rock. This is the album I think of when I think of Cream. It's just a joy to listen to. Calming at some points, rocking at others, Eric Clapton's guitar work is superb. I don't think there's a bad song on this album. The last song, 'Mother's Lament' is a bit weird and dark, but its an... interesting way to end the album? Nevertheless, a fantastic album that I will be listening to again soon.

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5

Inject this straight into my veins

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5

YA BABY YA!! Great guitar riffs

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"Oh, your baby has gone down the plug hole Oh, your baby has gone down the plug The poor little thing was so skinny and thin He should have been washed in a jug... ............. in a jug"

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4.7 - So far this is the only Eric Clapton project I've heard that I wouldn't consider completely overrated. In fact, the intersection of blues, psychedelic and early heavy metal is truly special. "Strange Brew" starts us off with a perfect sample of all the colors within this record's palette - there's fuzzy squealing guitar, evocative lyrics and 12-bar blues. "Sunshine of Your Love" a rock mainstay invokes early elements of heavy metal. "Tales of Brave Ulysses", arguably the record's psychedelic apex, starts side B bringing together all of these elements. "We're Going Wrong" reminds us that in addition to being a world class guitarist, Clapton also has some impressive vocal chops. I also love the drumming on that song. "Mother's Lament" closes out the record with a dark little nursery melody.

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5

Big Kinks energy all over this but especially Blue Condition.

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5

fuck Clapton. this album is great but I hope its the last Clapton album I have to listen to.

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vsf eric clapton

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amazing perfect legendary....

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I really enjoyed listening to this album. Including the strange brew, sunshine of your love, tales of brave ulysses. No overall theme, but contains good lyrics and great guitar playing.

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4

Where's the opium den? Good jams, mellow mood.

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Great riffage and poppier overall than I expected. Will revisit with more time.

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Clapton

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Mother's Lament might be the best song ever.

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4

Good album. A few standouts and a bunch of kind of “generic” psych-rock songs (that were probably no generic at all at the time).

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Sunshine of your love is just iconic

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Pretty decent Beatles-esque psychedelic rock.

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They 're good moments are very good, but feel there's too much filler in their work.

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Brilliant guitar. Blues is lit.

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Best Cream album.

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Iconic 60s psychodelic rock.. Several very recognizable tracks like Sunshine Of Your Love.

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Love me some cream.

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Sue says her baby-sitter used to play this record for her. It's hard to just listen to it, without factoring in who the band members were, what they went on to become, and the influence this music had on the stuff that followed. It's at the crossroads of blues rock, psychedelic rock and hard rock. Letting Ginger Baker sing wasn't the greatest idea the ever had.

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Great album! Wish there was a .5 option, because I would rate it 4.5, but I'm rounding down here. Also -i rated Springsteens "Born to Run" album a three before I figured out "comments first, stars second". That album probably a 3.5+, but my college roomate played it about 2042 times, so...

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4

I thought this was an incredibly fun album and I want to go back and listen to it again (so a 4 star by my scale). Good music, good messages, good album.

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Lots of 5s on this album. It feels like I’m waking with wine/drug hangover in a plush-paisley covered British mansion converted into an artists commune. The music songs to me like the bong smoking caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland, self assured, ironic and a little fucked up. Clapton kills it with the crazy wawa psych distorted killer riffs. Ginger baker is just banging around on the drums, getting ginger-tribal, heroine making him a stiff armed and a bit loose with the beat. Pretty great album, really nailed down psych and set the stage for garage and metal. But some of the songs feel a bit loose, one sounds like the proto version of white room. I’m so close to a 5, but I’m giving it a 4.

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not as good as when i was 15. felt very dated, but i remembered why i loved Cream. loads of wah, heavy drumming, and jack bruces psychadelic lyrics. it's got to be one of the best examples of mid/late 60 hard rock

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Het album klinkt minder chaotisch dan de hoes, en dat is een goed ding! Heb van dit album genoten, en zou het wel nog eens willen beluisteren.

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4

SWLABR is a banger

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4

Strong start to the record

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4

Brilliant Album! Very tasteful elements in the songs and timbre of the instruments/vocals. Everything is quite balanced and it feels really pleasant for me.

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4

Nice have some of the songs liked

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4

Solid rock album with a handful of great tunes (barring the album closer). Best track: Sunshine of Your Love

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4

Great example of 60s British blues explosion meets late 60s psychedelia. Great musicians. Half the album is Must Hear. A few fillers!

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Oh wow. I thought Cream only had one album that was called Cream. It turns out that was "Best of Cream." Anyways, this album has a lot of songs from that best of, which suggests it is one of their best albums. The best of really picked the best songs off this album. The classics like sunshine, brave ulysses, and SWLABR make this album a legend. There are a few songs that keep this one from being 5 stars. Blue condition, written by the drummer, is just bad. They must have given this to the drummer to make him happy. Jeesh it is a stinker. we're going wrong is also terrible. It should have just been a drum solo. Oversinging is what it sounds like. The drums are the only standout on that song. Definitely give the whole album a listen, then get the best of.

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One of the original "super groups" that really flexes their musicianship across this album. Everything is on point, and it is easy to see why they made such an impact.

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Sunshine of your love é a melhor. Strange Brew e Take it back são boas também

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pretty good

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4

First half was siiiick

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yes

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4

absolutely loved it. great psychedelic tunes on this one!!!!!

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4

Great classic album.

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sunshine of your love is a classic

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4

Great album

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I recognised some songs from this! Shout out to Sunshine of your Love

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4

solid classic rock joint. not life-altering but super enjoyable!

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Psychedelic Rock for the ages

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4

Another great classic rock album, you can't get much better than this.

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Strong start, strange ending. LIked about 5/10 so cant rate as highly as id like to. i want to put 3.75 but im rounding up

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Three musical virtuosos in one band, tearing it up. Ginger Baker particularly shines, and it's hard to deny the brilliance of a young Eric Clapton here. Incredible album.

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Recognized songs: Sunshine of you love

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very bluesy rock, a prototype for loads of 90s garage bands. really enjoyed it

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Pretty good psychedelia. I like the witch rock elements especially.

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Two fantastic tracks ; Strange Brew and Sunshine of Your Love. I love Cream but even so I can only give 4*

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4

Some “same soundy” songs compared to other albums and even songs on the same album, but the songs are really good

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4

Bad ass rock blues album. Clapton has a very distinct tone, and I dig it. The album is a bit repetitive though.

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I like Cream. The two firsts songs are the bests.

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4

Awesome! Need more dope Clapton rifts and more songs

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3.5, one great song, a couple of good songs and loads of good blues guitar.

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4

A terrific album with awesome sound. It provided a really interesting atmosphere and its definitely worth a relisten.

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I always thought "Sunshine Of Your Love" was a Hendrix jam, but after reading that Cream went to a Hendrix show and they came up with the song after... it makes sense. It's a bit hard for me to separate Eric Clapton, who I used to like a lot when I was younger, from the music. Between Clapton's "Keep Britain White" outburst and his most recent anti-lockdown songs (yes plural) "Stand and Deliver" and "This Has Gotta Stop" ... really? Hard to even utter anything positive. Objectively, this is a good album and one of Cream's best.

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This may be the only band I actually like that Eric Clapton was in. And that is mostly due to the rhythm section if Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker.

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I was ready to give this 5 stars after the first three songs, but as the album went on a few of them let me down. What a classic, defining sound though!

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4

Fresh at the time; still fresh today

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No geral um bom álbum, muito típico da época. O álbum começa bem e mantém se bom durante toda sua sequência sendo que as músicas finais fraquejam um bocado. Nota:7/10

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4

Like it but don’t love it. Good but not great. Can be spoken of in the same conversation as The Beatles and Hendrix but not quite up to that standard

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I like the well-known songs but the rest is kinda boring. 7/10

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8/10. I didn’t love all of this and the vocals were weak at times, but overall a great psychedelic album w some standout tracks

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4

nice

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4

Another psychedelic romp, powered by great writing and guitar. Don't forget "Tales of Brave Ulysses"

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4

Predivan album i sve vezano za njega

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4

nope

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4

Really good album. Great guitar work. Good writing.

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4

Great album. Not quite a 5 star album for me bit it's still a total blast. Bonus points for being just a little over 30 minutes. I like records that don't plod on.

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4

Ginger Baker = GOAT Eric Clapton = GOD Jack Bruce = DADDY

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Who let Eric Clapton sing? Who let Ginger Baker sing?? There's some proper ballast filling this out, but the best stuff - 'Strange Brew', 'SWLABR', 'Sunshine...' - is simply immense. Anyway, happy new year and fuck that racist dickhead Clapton.

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4

'Sunshine of Your Love' is such an incredible song, but the rest of this album is well worth a listen. Clapton's guitar work is legendary.

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4

Great Songs liked the vibe a lot

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Pues por 1o2 rolas nomás

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4

A great album to vibe to. Sunshine of Your Love is a true banger and is bolstered by a solid album.

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4

Solid

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This album is an old friend. Cream was a 60s super group that produced some great music. Strange Brew, Tales of Brave Ulysses, and Sunshine of Your Love were big hits and are standouts on the album. There's a lot of good music here,

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4

The mono mix is probably better. 3.5

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4

Not the first time I've listened to this album, but it's not one I'd revisit by myself. It's good, but I don't think it's as good as it's made out to be. In particular, too many of the tracks just don't sound like they're going anywhere. Being a showcase for instrumental talent is just not enough when songwriting is this loose. Also I generally prefer the bluesy side of Eric Clapton over his psychedelic rock side. All of that said, it's still a good album.

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4

Some good old-fashioned 60s psychedelic rock. Eric Clapton sounds amazing.

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4

Like, sunshine of your love is omniscient but I’ve never heard the full album, this was good!

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I like this album a lot but always felt it was sort of two separate albums in one. One is a really good blue album, the other is a really good psychedelic album. Somehow it works together, but it's not perfect.

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4

Had only heard 'Sunshine of Your Love' before this album. I enjoyed the different styles of song.

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Really should be a 4.5 stars. Some of the best Brit Rock songs done in the late 60s.

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Amazing 60s rock album

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Plenty groovy but doesn't rock as hard as I remember.

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Would have got 4.5 if I was allowed. Tales of Brave Ulysses is amazing.

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4

Good album, with the sound of the 60's. I really enjoy this album. Sometimes a little bit linear but in general great.

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Классный блюз-рок

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4

Classic psych rock that feels timeless. Sunshine of Your Love is just an all-time great song. Clapton is a major POS but his guitarwork here is legendary.

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4

I was prepared to dismiss this album as aelf-indulgent over-rared shifted, but it's not. ( ok maybe We're Going Wrong is that, but...). Most of the deep cuts are pretty damn good; World of Pain, Dance The Night Away and Blue Condition which has an almost indie-rock feel are three fine songs that make up the middle section. All the songs are short so they don't wear out their welcome. I really enjoyed this albu, much more than I thought I would. 4.5 🌟

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Vinyle

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I liked it

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4

Supergroup, good album, average title, poor last track.

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4

There were just a few odd ones in here that felt off thematically with the other instrumental. But sunshine of your love is one of the best songs ever

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4

7/10 but I wouldnt go back to most of this album

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4

Really good album, a revisit for sure!

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4

Overlooking for a moment the fact that Eric Clapton is an absolute shit stain of a human (so is Morrissey, and I love the Smiths), this is a classic album and it is not just ANY rock album. It straight up SHREDS. I don't usually love straight-hitting, 4/4 rock, but there's just enough creativity and killer guitar licks in this collection to elevate the experience. Every few measures there's something unpredictable to keep your ear on the hook. And compositionally, they know what works and continue the part that you keep anticipating. Take, for instance, the famous opening lick in "Sunshine of Your Love". That's the kind of sound that serves the purpose of a hook in a rap song: it's the part that cements the entire song structure in your head. It's the crazy glue, the mortar that holds the bricks of composition together. Considering the album was SO fucking long (I opted for the deluxe), it mostly didn't lose my interest which says a lot. A strong four stars. I'd say five but there are a few skips on here for me.

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4

Very good

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Interesting and pleasant listen.

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4

Very good, of perhaps a bit self indulgent at points. Works well as a full album, with sunshine of your love and strange brew as clear stand out tracks.

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4

já conhecia o sunshine of your love, Classico cheio de memories de pequeno em palco. gostei, 7/10

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4

Some amazing stuff and some that isn't as great, but fun all the way through.

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4/5. Nice n psychedelic rock music. Earned it’s rep

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3

Good, but not amazing. Love the famous woman tone on the SG and generally the musicianship is top notch. Minus one star for the final track.

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3

Never heard this but it's one of those bands I "should have heard already". All I really know is that it's Eric Clapton. So far seems pretty cool, nice and bluesy but with that kinda 60s psychedelic touch. I didn't know sunshine of your love was these guys. Mad hippie shit hey. I dunno, this is another one that is just too tied to a specific time - almost 20 years before I was born - for me to really judge it. It's not awful, to be fair. 3/5. Would go well on weed I guess? haha.

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1967. Key Songs: Sunshine Of Your Love, World Of Pain

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Klassikkokamaa, mut ei sieltä parhaimmasta päästä kuitenkaan.

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Ihan jeekkis levy

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Good early metal album the diction is clear some of the songs a bit meh but a few great ones.

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3

This album has some really great moments, but they tend to be interspersed with a lot of mundane psychedelic music. It could be that this album sounded a lot different when it first came out, but a lot of it sounds a bit dull. The vocals tend to be the least interesting part on a lot of these songs, and I think the album could have been improved with some instrumental tracks, or at least longer instrumental sections. 3/5

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3

Interesting album to listen to.

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Enjoyed it, makes me want to listen to more cream. Sunshine of Your Love is a classic and my dad would always try to play the opening riff on guitar and this was the first time in a while I actually heard the song. Didn't think it was stellar, but I enjoyed the mixing, otherwise thought it was pretty standard, probably won't revisit but enjoyed my time with it, 5/8.

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3

Meh. Apart from the two most memorable songs, again a pretty generic rock album.

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Creamy!

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There are some undeniable songs and a great rhythm section but I believe Cream are one of the more overrated “great” bands. #TeamGinger

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3

eh okay

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3

Not my style much. Start was good then fell off

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3

De bons titres d'autres sans plus.

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Had je bij moeten zijn denk ik

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3

Favorite Songs: Sunshine of Your Love, Tales of Brave Ulysses, Outside Woman Blues, Mother's Lament

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3

Decent album. Too old for my taste but has its gems.

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Very interesting old blues record - shows the evolution clearly of British rockers taking blues and making it something else. Several very good songs, the rest was solid, but forgettable. Fun facts about them being the first supergroup though! Wild

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Good rock. Plain and simple

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Turned out to be much better than I was expecting

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3

Never heard an entire cream album, just radio singles. I can see how this would have opened a lot of eyes. Drums are HEAVY! I get some proto-metal vibes.

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I didn't realize that Cream was regarded as the World's first Super group given its all-star line up: Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce. That much talent and ego usually means that they self-destruct and true to form Cream didn't last too long. There are some real classics on this album so it gets a solid 7/10

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I've probably heard "the Tale of Brave Ulysses" a million times. Never actually knew that was the name of the song.

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Buenos ritmos. No destaca especialmente

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3

Cool album with a great stand out track

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Great opening track: "Strange Brew"

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Strange Brew and Sunshine are huge at the start. Both are great tracks, most of the rest of the songs were good to fine. Probably a 3.5 that I am rounding down

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3

looks and smells like the album cover. goes from gritty psychedelic rock to folksy towards the end

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Fair blues rock, that last song sucks and ruins what had been going on. they must've been whacked out of their minds at the time. Sunshine of Your Love was the only real highlight though

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Very cool immersive psychedelic rock, not sure if it's my headphones but would prefer a remastered one as the production could do with more clarity. Importantly, something about the way this music is written feels quite intimate, like it's in a bar. I think it's just quite an exposed style of music, that doesn't throw too much at you at once. Favourite was Tales of Brave Ulysses.

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I had high hopes but was let down by this LP. Perhaps the 1001 algorithm sent us a little too much Psychedelic music lately. The first two tunes, which were the singles, are enjoyable as are the blues tunes Outside Woman Blues and Take it Back. The six song Psychedelic midsection didn't really work for me.  Mother's Lament is a fun way to end the LP. It sounds like a good dose of British humour mixed with a few too many pints. As young Englishmen, they must have had fun making their accents sound like their grandparents did when they got home from the Pub on a Friday night. It sure sounds like Iron Butterfly  "borrowed" the opening riff from Sunshine of Your Love and plopped it in  In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. Is it just me?

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Got a decent boner for Cream. Great psych jams. Lots of fadeouts though that I know will drive Matt up the fuckin wall. 4 stars? 3 stars? I think 3.

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Cool psych. Less bluesy than the one before it, but still very bluesy, thanks to good ol Eric. All songs are very short. No jams. Lots of fade outs. Very English. Very 1967, Great record. Confession: I've never really been a Clapton fan. I don't understand why the English tagged walls with "Clapton is God" back in the heyday. Maybe it was satirical proto-Banksy move. I've never heard much character or personality in his guitar playing, or seen much character in him as a person. He's like the shy, reclusive guy that doesn't take too many risks or put himself out there, but somehow is a magnet for attractive women because it plays to some fundamental desire to "cure" him. (This is a tangent that's been a hangup for me since puberty, probably because it contradicts the effort=reward maxim I was taught at an early age. It's unfair for me to project this onto Eric, and all that Eric has contributed to the genre of rock from it's 50s roots to it's end circa 2009). I think the best thing Eric's ever done is that acoustic album from the 90s with Tears In Heaven and that coffee-shop version of Layla. B

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Probably worth a second listen

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3-3.5/5 nice guitar

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Listened a few times and it gets better and better. Will continue to revisit

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Favourite Songs: Sunshine of Your Love & Tales of Brave Ulysses

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6/10

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Psychedelic and heavy.

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Sounds as dated as the cover art looks, but Sunshine still cuts it

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Not too bad, not great either though. Passable background album at best, certainly not one I’ll rush back to.

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First time listening: 8/11 songs liked lolllll that last song, so random compared to the rest. Well, it's a solid blues album, you see the beginnings of Eric Clapton becoming to himself through these songs. The blues aren't too much of my taste, but it gets the job done. One song saved

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Listened 5/5/2021

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Mothers lament was weird haha. Mostly good stuff though.

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Good but probably better back in the day.

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interesting british blues

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It's a classic, and I respect that about it. However, it's not super my speed. But that doesn't mean it's bad. I would recommend to anyone who likes Rock n Roll.

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Good but not to my liking

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this was weird i anticipated an album of songs similar to the rock blues of sunshine. bit of a let down

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Rock! Psykadelia! Distade gitarrer! Allt är right up my alley. Genomgående bra, men tappar lite i de mer bluesiga låtarna. När det psykadeliska får ta över låter det bäst! Bästa låt: Så klart svårt att bortse från Sunshine Of Your Love. Men We're Going Wrong får mig att sväva iväg. Även Tales Of Brave Ulysses bör nämnas

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Top 3 1. (2) Sunshine Of Your Love 2. (10) Take It Back 3. (7) SWLABR

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Not bad, probably very good at the time.

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So it definitely has the late 60s psychedelic and drug influenced vibe. Kinda meh overall. One really well know song.

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Rather enjoyed this. Hadn't heard them before.

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More classic rock aka dad rock. Psychedelic Rock & Blues. Sunshine of your Love is classic and actually I quite like it, like the blues influence. Many a teenager with their first electric guitar learned this riff. Always thought it was Hendrix. Has a Beatles sound (World of Pain, Blue Condition), and lots of psychedelic rock (dance the night away, Ulysses) Don't like the raw/dry 60s drum production sound. This challenge has had me listen more actively to all the classic rock I would instantly dismiss and not be able to distinguish. So yeah maybe now I can hear the difference between Clapton and Hendrix, but I still don't like it. Gave it a bump to 3 just cos of Sunshine of your Love, but otherwise would firmly be a 2.

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Only ever heard 2 songs before. Some great playing but not much else stood out on the album

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The albums good. But you have to separate it from Clapton as a person - since he’s a huge terrible racist.

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Good album with a few poor songs

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A very easy listen.

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Expected better from some of the greatest rock musicians ever assembled.

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Good. It sounds like a lot of other psych-rock from that time, which is not a bad thing. However, songs between the highlights become forgettable.

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Fine. More filler than I remembered and the good songs are definitely overplayed.

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Lot of similar sounding songs, but I knew the one hit!

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Not bad. Some classic Cream songs on here.

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A little boring. But sunshine of your love is sooo iconic. Shit I fell asleep. Mothers Lament is so great though, it woke me right back up. 3.5/5

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obviously i loved sunshine of my love and the Ulysses song, but other than that nothing was memorable. one of the songs sounds like literally micky mouse. i didn’t hate it, i liked the beats overall and the music but other than those two songs nothing stuck

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3.5/5 Good music, pretty groovy, but not something I'd be in the mood for all of the time

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Brings back memories, but I think has dated a bit

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This album contains some bangers (strange brew, sunshine of your love), some good songs (tales of brave Ulysses, SWLABR), some ok songs (outside woman blues, take it back), and some meh songs (the rest). All in all it adds up to about a 3-3.5. Will round down because Clapton's a dick.

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Not bad but also somewhat boring. Wouldn't mind on the background though.

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i didn't cream my pants listening to it >:(

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A couple of classics but not amazing overall

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After the first two songs of this album, I started to get the feeling that this was another album with like two good songs then 80% filler. While this wasn’t completely true, I still didn’t get much out of this album other than some pretty cool guitars. Fav songs: strange brew, sunshine of your love

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6/10. Not especially memorable, though Strange Brew at least fits the Halloween season

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Cute but not especially memorable

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NICE 60´S, FAMOUS ONE

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Not their best album. I really like the live stuff and Ginger Baker is a man on a mission!

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Eh.

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Didn't really do much for me. "Strange Brew" and "Sunshine Of Your Love" and "Tales of Brave Ulysses" are worth listening to but the rest of the album doesn't have much appeal. It's an attempt at psychedelic rock that might have been ground-breaking at some point but I don't think it has held up well.

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This album brings up the age old question of how many great songs does it take to claim the entire album is great? This has at least 3 with SWLABR being the best despite Sunshine being the most famous. Clapton is naturally on point here.

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Solidan, očekivo sam više.

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Dobar album 60ih, valjalo bi se još koji puta vratiti na album.

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Very 60s psychedelic which obviously look at the album art. I am vibing with this one for sure. Sunshine of your love makes me feel cool when I listen to it

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First two tracks, wow! This album is a solid childhood memory, my parents had thw record.

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This was alright, nothing amazing nothing terrible.

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A simmering proto-psychedelic LP that blends more than a few genres into a rocking, cohesive whole. Has a surprisingly modern feel to it - some tracks reminded me of bluesier QotSA songs even.

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Liked it. Super hippy 60's vibe. Wouldn't listen to it much, but wouldn't change most of it if it came on.

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Really enjoyed that.

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Solid album until the final track, which sent it off with a whimper, not a bang.

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Wanted to like this better with except for great guitar work it's a pretty unremarkable album

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Legendary group with iconic guitar playing. But the songs themselves don’t really offer much over 50 years later. The great riffs and licks and amazing musicianship are the selling point overall.

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Indien war the shit in den 60ern offensichtlich ganz interessante Gitarrenteile zb auch Dance the night away, tales of brave ulysses, schwer einzuordnen - sicher voll einflussreich mal, heute tausend mal gehört und hippie klischees erfüllend nicht der größte fan vom gesand, bissl dünn und fad die psychedelic hippie sachen trotzdem nicer als die blues sachen

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Vietnam-Kriegsfilm-Mukke :) Gitarrensound: Wölt! Klassiker auch dabei Cover sagt: "Hab grad LSD entdeckt!"

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erinnert mich an vieles andere musikalische aus der zeit. für mich ganz angenehm zu hören aber haut mich nicht vom hocker

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6/10

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3.5, it had potential but ended up on 'sunshine' glory

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Some heavy hitters and them some heavy snoozers

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Ok

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Álbum que contiene una de las mayores piezas del rock/blues de todos los tiempos. Lejos de eso, cae un poco en lo repetitivo de sus canciones. Para mi gusto es un 3/5

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Perfectly acceptable listening! Fav new track: Mother's Lament - my mum used to sing this to me in the bath, had no idea it was a real song!!

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The reason punk was needed. Ok, harmless, but does nothing for me.

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Meh. Songs I knew sounded about like I recalled. "Tales of Brave Ulysses" remains the best. Songs I didn't know were okay, a few piquing interest.

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First two songs off this album are classic hits played by our local radio station, KSHE95, so know them well. Rest of the album was pretty good, but nothing stood out to me.

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The issue here is Eric Clapton being a lunatic. It does make you hear ‘Sunshine of your love’ and wonder what the hell happened to him during the intervening years. This is- musically- a brilliant album but my enjoyment of it was hampered by Eric’s views that the planet has been hypnotised into getting vaccinated.

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26 January 2022 Listened on my phone in the early afternoon of the 27th as I totally forgot about this on the 26th. Poker at dans in the evening after Sav’s birthday last night at flight club. Love the bluesy elements of this and obviously ginger baker’s drumming. Psychedelia, whimsy and rocking blues. 3.5 if I could.

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Starts with a couple classics then fades into the background and stays there.

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Something in the back of my mind thought there was something familiar with the band Cream, but couldn't put my finger on it. Then I heard the second track off the album and the bell went off. Overall Disraeli Gears is an wonderful and eclectic mix of pulling away from blues rock and diving headfirst into psychedelic rock. A lot of the tracks don't really make much sense lyrically and fit exactly in the psych era. Best: Sunshine of Your Love Worst: Blue Condition 3.5 Stars

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I think it was pretty good, but it kinda fell out of my memory after I listened? Maybe one to come back to but it didn't have the sticking power I expected.

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A lot more enjoyable than much of the pop rock from the same era. A bit bluesier, grittier, heavier.

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It's hard to get past all the current Eric Clapton baggage. Or the baggage of every ex-hippie/hippie wannabe talking to me incessantly about this band for the last 20 years. The best i can say at this point, this is a pretty standard rock album. The songs you recognize are as good as you remember them being.

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3/5

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Beware of Mr Baker!

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I was honestly going to give this a chance even though I fucking hate Eric Clapton. It starts out pretty good with Strange Brew and Sunshine of your love, but nothing else on the album really pops.

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more like 3.5 then 3

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Three or four stand out tracks and a couple of other decent ones. Want to give it 3 1/2 stars really.

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In their two years together, Cream attained legendary status and secured a legacy as one of the greatest supergroups in popular music. “Disraeli Gears” is one of their potent blends of psychedelia, hard rock and blues which would influence so many bands of the 70s and beyond (“Sunshine of Your Love”, in turn inspired by Hendrix, was one of the first songs I learnt on guitar about 40 years after its release). There's so much to say about the band and their songs, but one of the key elements here is the production. From the rumbling thunder of Baker’s toms to the fuzz tone of Clapton’s guitar, everything is centred on the low-end for a cloudy, hazy feel. Bruce’s vocals- surprisingly wispy and delicate- cut through the mix well, employing an ethereal falsetto in tracks like “World of Pain”. It's a startling atmosphere, but for such a legendary band with such a short tenure and so few albums, there’s a surprising amount of mediocre (or at least filler) material here. “Blue Condition”, “Outside Woman Blues” and “Take It Back” both have the feel of average blues tracks without much bite or vision. The musicianship is great, but it’s only in service of (by any other standard) average songs. To cap things off, “Mother’s Lament” is a strange diversion into music hall for the album’s finale: it is jarringly out of place, but credit to them for trying something different. The forays into psychedelia (like “Sunshine of Your Love” and “Tales of Brave Ulysses”) are my favourites here, and when “Strange Brew” combines a standard blues progression with an instantly hooky melody and intangible lyrics, it's a real winner. So it's patchy and uneven, sure... but what a trio Cream were. Ginger Baker’s rippling, elaborate drum parts betraying a lifelong interest in jazz, Bruce's basslines forming the anchor, and Clapton’s guitar playing in its bluesy prime. They paved the way for a new wave of hard rock bands reaching beyond the blues, and that can't be understated.

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Solid and I really like the hits but wasn't a fan of all of it. Still an iconic group and Sunshine of your love is obviously a banger

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Tracks are short and some are pretty catchy. Although all members are technically proficient at their respective instruments, the music never devolves into self-indulgent show-offy stuff. -Favorites: Sunshine of Your Love, Strange Brew, Tales of Brave Ulysses, Dance The Night Away -Okayish filler - Tracks 5, 7 - 9 -Bad filler: Tracks 10, 11 Overall good album, but not really mindblowing.

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Shame Clapton is such a massive wanker, but the album is pretty good.

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Genre: Psychedelic Rock 3/5 As endemic as Clapton was to the late 60s and early 70s, and as talented as he might be with a guitar, his music has never reached my ears as strongly as his music has hit some others. Cream, his most successful musical venture amongst a group of short-lived projects he was a part of, released a few classic singles and some decent albums in their tenure. Disraeli Gears, their 2nd album as a trio, is decent, but it's pretty god damn boring considering the god-like status Clapton has attained. Sunshine of Your Love, a massive rock single that still receives airplay to this day, is the song which overshadows the rest of the stale blues ripoffs in the tracklist here, but even in this instance Clapton's attempts at singing are not good or bluesy. Just dull and boring. The arrangements aren't too interesting, and the production is fairly muddled, but overall this album isn't offensive or grating to the ears. Just a bit bland. Anything with Clapton's name on it is bound to receive praise, but it's seemingly blinded some listeners into believing that what they're hearing is beyond reproach. To those people: listen to Bo Diddley or Fats Domino, the actual men who made blues rock what it is today. Clapton, like Dylan, is a phony. He can play guitar pretty good, though.

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Strong A side - meh B side.

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Its good and i like the big hits - but the sound isnt dense enough for me.

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Not great tbh

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Basically the same sound in each song. I did like the drums on one track.

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2.5

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Öde.

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Not my cup of tea. At times I thought Jack Black might join in or Austin Powers. The lyrics were cringe at times. It was a bit too groovy - classic songs strange brew and Sunshine .. excepted. Sorry Eric and crew

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psychedelic blues. great musicianship. I like the tracks where clapton sings lead. also appreciate that they kept it to 3 min songs instead of the usual never ending improv sessions. not an every day listen, but it does the job. 2.5

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Liked the music not the vocals. Wanted to like it. Just kept wanting to skip a song.

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Not my cup of tea. Though i have fondness for the small faces (Ogden's Nut), it doesn't work as well for me here and the psychedelic era fuzzy guitar sound doesn't hold me.

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This was fine 60s psych rock.

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Daycent enough. Ok background music.

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Might be a landmark album but it's muddy and uninteresting to GenX ears.

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Boo. 2 stars

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Not massively impressed. Surprisingly, a bit boring. Better when Clapton is singing. Best song are the first two on the album, "Strange Brew" and "Sunshine of your Love". Downhill from there.

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nice chill listening also these are some snazzy guitars we have here

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One good song

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bardzo klasyczny rock, jednak jednocześnie bardzo przewidywalny i nudny

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Mother's Lament sucks and drags the whole album down 1 star. Otherwise, just average blues rock. Sunshine of Your Love is the highlight.

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Weirdly difficult for me to rate. I have this possibly overly-unrealistic dislike of Eric Clapton - I feel like his solo work was and is absolute trash and the worst of lazy-middle-of-the-road so-called "rock." Also seems like a right dingus. But. I admit Cream were different - I'll give Jack Bruce all the credit to make myself feel better. "Sunshine of Your Love" is a classic that everyone knows (although the lyrics are just dumb dumb dumb but who cares) and overall there is a unique and probably for the time groundbreaking sound they had. "Tales of Brave Ulysses" is hilarious/ridiculous lyrically (wtf?) and boy did Clapton like that kind of chord progression but it's a great tune - this is one of my favourites by them. In a number of songs you can hear what I assume is Ginger Baker (drums) shouting out changes which gives those tunes a cool live-in-the-studio effect. But "sound" only goes so far, and too many of these songs are just....snoozers. "Blue Condition" sounds like a bunch of guys who were up drinking for 24 hours against their will and told to record RIGHT NOW. "We're Going Wrong" is about as accurate a song title as is on the album. I realize this is considered a classic and it's fun to hear a few of these songs again after a while but it's not something I can listen as a whole any more - Cream is an excellent "Greatest Hits" kinda band for me. Most of the songs here are just dull. 5/10 2 stars

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One for the musos

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that one song

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I do not like Eric Clapton

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Ok album. Fuck Eric Clapton tho

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Wouldn't listen to this again. Even though Cream is an iconic band, the music doesn't resonate with me.

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This album should be a lot better for the hype it gets

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Great hits, great sleeve, the rest of the album, less so. Ever since I heard the Ella version of Sunshine the original has seemed underwhelming.

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I was able to push through the fact that Eric Clapton is an awful fuck of a person (separate art from the music for melanin challenged folks, I know, I know). The album was ok and I know that people love it so I’m stoked this ain’t Twitter or Facebook so that I can’t get lectured to right now, but I found it monotonous and tiring. Actually, I’m tired writing this write now.

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* Needs a remaster Some redeemable moments. Mostly passable.

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psychedely

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I remember this album -- I might have owned it, or maybe friends did -- and for a time I liked some of it because when I was an early teen I was really into guitar-centric "classic rock" (as it's called these days). Cream, though, did not hold my interest for too long back then, and I never returned to it. Super-talented musicians, definitely, but the style is too psychedelic for me. I just don't really like that kind of rock.

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Liked a couple of songs, but that was it. I couldn't get into it.

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I don’t give a shit about Cream. This album is surprisingly way more mellow than I thought it’d be. Point added for Sunshine of Your Love, but the rest of it is junk.

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Hey it has that riff on it. Otherwise it all blurs together a bit

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First two I enjoyed, after that I wasn’t into it.

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stuck in second

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The irony in a racist stealing blues music is not lost on me. Actually kinda shit, tbh.

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4 stars for music. -2 stars for Clapton, the dick

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Is this one of those white bands who lifted all their stuff from black musicians? Kinda sounds like one of those white bands that lifted all their stuff from black musicians. Not that it's bad or they're not talented but yeah...

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The supergroup Cream were indeed influential. And popular. The musicianship shown is exemplary. Sunshine of your love is the only track on this whole damm album that sticks in the memory. I remember enjoying a couple of the other tracks - no more than a couple - but not enough to have them stick in my mind. Most of it was not aggressively bad... Just meh. And for that it gets a meh score.

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Worth a listen once, psych rock is not my jam

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- meh

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Наркотики не помогли

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Not listening to Clapton. Can't stand him. He's a racist.

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nope

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fuck eric clapton.

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