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Released: November 1967

Rating: 4.125 (average of 22 ratings)

Genre: classic British blues rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Strange Brew (Clapton/Collins/Pappalardi) [2:50]
  2. Sunshine of Your Love (Brown/Bruce/Clapton) [4:13]
  3. World of Pain (Collins/Pappalardi) [3:05]
  4. Dance the Night Away (Brown/Bruce) [3:36]
  5. Blue Condition (Baker) [3:32]
  6. Tales of Brave Ulysses (Clapton/Sharp) [2:49]
  7. Swlabr (Brown/Bruce) [2:34]
  8. We’re Going Wrong (Bruce) [3:29]
  9. Outside Woman Blues (Reynolds) [2:27]
  10. Take It Back (Brown/Bruce) [3:08]
  11. Mother’s Lament (traditional) [1:47]


sales in U.S. only 1 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 1 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 4
peak on U.K. album chart 5


  • Strange Brew (6/18/67) #17 UK
  • Sunshine of Your Love (1/13/68) #25 UK, #5 US

Notes: Cream’s official output during the short existence consisted of two studio albums and two albums of both studio and live material. The Cream box set Those Were the Days is an excellent way to get all of that material, with all the studio material on 2 discs and the live material on 2 more. The live discs also encompass the two Live Cream collections released soon after the band dissolved in 1970 and 1972.


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of VH1’s 100 Greatest Rock & Roll Albums of All Time.

Disraeli Gears
“The threesome of Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, and legendary guitarist Eric Clapton forming the band Cream was a monumental effort of jazz, blues, and psychedelic rock during the British rock period of the late 1960s. Cream, with their raw fury of intense sound, was renowned for their rare talent of taking songs of complex arrangements and making them an act of spontaneous beauty during live shows. Disraeli Gears, their second release, was an essential landmark recording that brought listeners to the direction they were soon to take with Wheels of Fire. Taking on a circus-spinning arsenal of sounds and effects, Cream's fashionable art is a blend of highly sustained drenched distortion, rampant percussion, and a kaleidoscope of various musical textures and colors, both in melody and rhythm. Each of Disraeli Gears’ list of 11 tunes is original in format, containing it own unique brands of dashing blues-laden guitar riffs by Clapton, as well as thick basslines and smashing drum leads. Highlights of the record feature Clapton's awe-inspiring and soul-gripping guitar leads, including hits such as Sunshine of Your Love and Tales of Brave Ulysses. The latter is a magical poem laced into a line of mesmerizing chordal changes. Disraeli Gears is a definitive staple of early British rock and a sensational addition to the avid classic rock listener” (Haney).

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Last updated April 7, 2008.