Classic Albums: Cream - Disraeli Gears

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Arguably the first Supergroup, Cream with 'Disraeli Gears' in 1967, achieved massive worldwide success and ensured their place in rock's hall of fame. Disraeli Gears has long been regarded as a classic, transforming Cream from visionary blues based revivalists to psychedelic pop/rock heroes and was a pivotal moment in the development of Heavy Rock. By use of interviews, musical demonstration, acoustic performance and archive footage the programme tells the story behind the conception and recording of this ground-breaking album. We will discover how Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, and Eric Clapton created the album with the help of lyricist Pete Brown, artist and lyricist Martin Sharp, producer Felix Pappalardi and legendary engineer Tom Dowd. John Mayall, Manfred Mann, music business personnel, key journalists and rock historians add insight to the creation of this classic album. Ginger Baker was the driving force behind the formation of the band but each member had a prior knowledge of each other's talents and a formidable reputation for musical excellence. Baker was regarded as one of the finest jazz and rock drummers in Europe and had played with Jack Bruce in Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated and The Graham Bond Organisation. Jack was classically trained, an innovative bass player and could also deliver a great vocal. Eric Clapton remains the finest blues guitarist of his generation and had briefly played with Jack in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. They were soon signed by Polydor in the UK and by Ahmet Ertegun to his US label Atlantic Records. Ginger introduced poet and lyricist Pete Brown into the group’s inner circle and it was with Jack that Brown developed a long-term partnership delivering clever pop songs with sophisticated lyrics. Cream finally arrived in America with an opportunity to record at Atlantic Records legendary studios with the inventive producer Felix Papallardi and engineer Tom Dowd. In only 6 days of recording they produced a classic collection ofmoreless
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