Disraeli Gears + Slowhand = Clapton Binge

DisraeliGearsFinally checked out Cream for the first time by listening to Disraeli Gears, Fresh Cream, Wheels of Fire, and Goodbye. DG was definitely my favorite of their small catalog. Really sounds like a psych-blues jam band. They remind me a lot of Buffalo Springfield. Both supergroups whose short lives spanned the same period. Only 3 or 4 albums each yet brilliant all the same.

 

 

Track Listing:

  1. Strange Brew (favorite)
  2. Sunshine of Your Love
  3. World of Pain (favorite)
  4. Dance the Night Away
  5. Blue Condition
  6. Tales of Brave Ulysses (favorite)
  7. SWLABR
  8. We’re Going Wrong
  9. Outside Woman Blues
  10. Take It Back
  11. Mother’s Lament

EricClapton-SlowhandNext was Slowhand at the suggestion of a friend and SHIT this album is FUCKING DOPE. I liked Clapton before, but now I really am a fan. Every track is just awesome with the iconic love song, “Wonderful Tonight”, to George Harrison’s ex-wife/ Clapton’s future wife Patti Boyd (that love triangle is hilarious to me although pretty fucked when you think about it b/c Clapton was writing love songs for his buddy’s wife while they were still married @’Layla’).  And who could forget “Cocaine” or “Lay Down Sally”. Even the softer tracks rock your fucking socks off.

Track Listing: (can’t pick any favorites all tracks are equally great)

  1. Cocaine
  2. Wonderful Tonight
  3. Lay Down Sally
  4. Next Time You See Her
  5. We’re All the Way
  6. The Core
  7. May You Never
  8. Mean Old Frisco
  9. Peaches and Diesel

Conclusion: Clapton is the master of the supergroup. From Cream to the Yardbirds to Derek and the Dominos and finally solo work. He even toured with the Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band. No wonder the man is the only 3x hall of fame inductee. Clapton also played lead on my favorite ever Beatles song. I’ll likely listen to some Yardbirds stuff in the future and more solo stuff like “Unplugged”.

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