Cream released their 2nd LP “Disraeli Gears” on Nov. 2, 1967. (There is some deb…

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Cream released their 2nd LP “Disraeli Gears” on Nov. 2, 1967. (There is some debate if it was the 2nd or the 10th, whatever) It was their American breakthrough, becoming a massive seller in 1968, reaching No. 4 on the American charts. The album was No. 1 for two weeks on the Australian album chart and was listed as the No. 1 album of 1968 by Cash Box in the year-end album chart in the United States. The album features the two singles “Strange Brew” and “Sunshine of Your Love”.

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. The band thought this was hilarious, and decided that it should be the title of their next album.

So when we say Happy 50th birthday to the LP “Disraeli Gears” we are also syaing Happy 50th Birthday to “Sunshine of Your Love”!! Just think, 50 years ago today, just about every garage band in the US started learning a Cream song!




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