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Classic Albums: Cream - Disraeli Gears (2006)

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Joel Dorn: That was the loudest group I had ever heard. Like, when Aretha recorded there, everybody was smoking. I mean, it was... they were kicking. But you couldn't hear it three blocks away. Cream was in there, I mean, man, they had all kinds of gobos and everything set up, and stacks of Marshalls.
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Still glitters after all these years
16 January 2011 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty good account of how Disraeli Gears (and The Cream) came to be. Like many of their fellow contemporary musicians, Clapton, Bruce and Baker started out as a blues outfit, but then came psychedelia and their music took a turn for the ... I don't know - better? Certainly different.

Disraeli Gears was the first vinyl album I bought back in 1967 with my 15th birthday money. My mum had seen them on a late night documentary on the BBC and was impressed enough to recommend it. And the guy in the record shop said that Disraeli Gears was a better LP than Fresh Cream. So that was how I got into what became known as Progressive Rock ...

This documentary will mean more to you if you know the album, but is also a pretty good introduction to The Cream if you're not familiar with what they did.

Only thing is - IMDb gives the running time as 96 minutes. The version I saw on Sky Arts HD ran just 49 minutes. Maybe there's alternate versions. Or maybe it's just a mistake. Does anyone have a 96 minute version?


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