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Disraeli Gears


This second album by British blues-rock group Cream was released in November 1967. It reached 5the place on the UK record charts. It was also incredibly popular in the States, becoming a massive seller in 1968 and reaching 4th on the American charts. It features the two singles Strange Brew and Sunshine of Your Love. But its title is based on an inside joke between Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker.

They were discussing Clapton's idea of buying a racing bike when a roadie, Mick Turner, commented, it's got them Disraeli Gears. What he actually meant was derailleur gears rather than the 19th Century British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli. Both thought this was hilarious, deciding to make it the title of the band's next album. Had it not been for Mick, it would simply have been entitled Cream.

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