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Classic Albums: Cream - Disraeli Gears (Dol) (2006)

Cream  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Cream
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: April 4, 2006
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EPFD7Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,918 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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CREAM was rock's first true "super group". Combining the extraordinary talents of ERIC CLAPTON, GINGER BAKER and JACK BRUCE, this power trio became the template for many hard rock acts of the seventies. The band remains a huge influence on the genre even to this day.

Powered by hits such as "Strange Brew" and "Sunshine of Your Love", Cream's second album, DISRAELI GEARS, moved the band beyond the blues into hard-driving, psychedelic pop. This was the album that not only broke the group in the United States but also established Clapton as an international superstar.

This addition of Disraeli Gears to the acclaimed Classic Albums series features brand new interviews with Clapton, Baker and Bruce, along with lyricist Pete Brown, Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, John Mayall and Manfred Mann. Also included on the DVD are acoustic performances, original studio tracks and archival live footage.

Tracklisting:
1. Strange Brew
2. Sunshine Of Your Love
3. World Of Pain
4. Dance The Night Away
5. Blue Condition
6. Tales Of Brave Ulysses
7. S.W.L.A.B.R.
8. We're Going Wrong
9. Outside Woman Blues
10. Take It Back
11. Mother's Lament

Bonus Features:
• Additional interviews and analysis of the tracks.
• EXCLUSIVE ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCES of "Sunshine Of Your Love" and "Outside Woman Blues" by ERIC CLAPTON.
• EXCLUSIVE SOLO PIANO PERFORMANCE of "We're Going Wrong" by JACK BRUCE.
• PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED FULL LIVE PERFORMANCES of "Tales Of Brave Ulysses" from the Revolution Club in 1968 and "We're Going Wrong" from Paris in 1967.


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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Real, Pleasant Surprise-Best Cream Dvd to Date May 24, 2006
I have to agree with the other reviewers-this is the best video product on Cream up to date-perhaps my enjoyment was rooted in this being a totally new project that wasn't rehashing the older Cream products.

It wasn't the "Farewell Concert", with it's unbearable editing. Or "Fresh Live Cream", with it's sketchy origins, but including the amazing Revolution Club footage. Nor was it "Strange Brew", leaving us fans wondering-are these guys ever going to get back together again?!

The "Classic Albums" dvd is simply worth watching for the NEW interviews alone, but we are awarded with additional solo performances as a bonus. Eric's solo performances makes one wonder how these guys would sound in an acoustic setting. Fans of Jack may have heard him on piano performances before...but this may be a totally new experience for fans strictly of Cream. Ginger Baker is always a treat when he is talkin' drums-it's similar to what he did in the "Farewell Concerts" footage, but almost 40 years later.

The songs are discussed in good detail, & afterwards, you may approach this album differently in your listening experience. A particularly enjoyable selection was Peter Brown, Jack, & Eric's recollection of "Sunshine of Your Love". The interviews are all done at seperate locations w/ each individual- but Jack plays the classic riff on his stand up bass(again, a Cream acoustic set-is it out of the question?), Eric plays it on his guitar, while Brown recollects hearing the riff.... and began to write..."It's Getting Near Dawn"......

Unfortunately, the "other" footage from the Revolution Club didn't make this dvd-saving them for another Cream project? The black & white footage of "We're Going Wrong" isn't well shot, but it's a nice showcase for a very young Ginger & Eric.
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Muscular & Funky....Cream's Masterpiece April 20, 2006
Of all the video products out on Cream, this is by far the best. The music from this all-time classic album is 5+ stars. Once you view this, you get a whole new perspective on the album and its individual songs (much like other "Classic Album" series DVD's). I now enjoy my CD of this landmark album that much more after listening to the story behind songs such as "We're Going Wrong", "World of Pain" and "SWLABR" ("she was like a bearded rainbow"). It was primarily the songs that were not as famous that amazed me on this program. Most of the primary players that were involved in the making of this album are fortunately still alive and on hand to discuss their memories (including the talented artist that created the famous album cover). Eric's introduction to the "wah-wah" petal helped make "Tales of Brave Ulysses" a favorite back in 1967. It was also interesting to hear about some of their influential peers (Clapton mentions "The Loving Spoonful" as one). They have pulled together some great classic black & white and color footage on this DVD. The bonus track for "Tales of Brave Ulysses" is an incredible fully restored color vintage performance!

Audio: 4.5 stars
Video: 5 stars (new footage); 3-3.5 stars (old footage)
Bonus features: 5 Stars

If you enjoy Cream, late 60's rock or any of the "Classic Album" DVD's you won't go wrong. Well priced too!
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Insightful DVD April 4, 2006
By Eric
I'm sure most of the people who are reading this are familiar with the Classic Albums series. I knew what to expect before watching it but I was pleasantly suprised. The information on the history of Cream and how they progressed with Disraeli Gears in the studio was great. All of the major players (that were still alive) were interviewed. The footage that was available was amazing. The only piece that I hadn't seen was of the song "We're Going Wrong". It was live and in black and white. The band was pretty intense. Bruce's vocals were great as always, Baker was a colossus, but it was Clapton who really impressed me. He was playing like a madman and was looking intense. I recommend this DVD to any fan of Cream. It is a great companion DVD for anyone who bought the reunion show.
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This DVD is very, VERY captivating and you will find yourself watching it over and over and over. It tends to have that effect on people. Also, it presents an interesting history of CREAM. These guys were fated to play together, and were on top of their game when they WERE together. CREAM's early disbandment was a pity, and their recent reunion 37 years later is one of the happiest events of my life.

As a drummer myself, no one has ever inspired me quite the way that Ginger Baker does with his uniquely creative style, and CREAM is my favorite group in rock history. These recently made DVD's [this one and the 2005 Reunion] leave me weeping when I realize how nearly the opportunity to produce them might have been missed. Jack Bruce was close to death in 2003 from liver cancer. The recent live footage of all three CREAM members is, to me, a treasure.

This DVD incorporates both vintage footage and recent interviews, using those to weave a fascincating history of the Disraeli Gears album. Here we learn that Felix Papalardi [a brilliant musician who had played bass with Mountain] was very instrumental in the production of this album. We learn the history of the songs and the album cover.

Sadly, we also learn that the brass at Atlantic records apparently viewed CREAM as a group starring Eric Clapton as front man with a rhythm section behind him. In truth, the members of CREAM cannot be separated in this way, and I cannot help but suspect that this concept went far to create unnecessary tension that helped lead [among many other factors] to CREAM's premature demise in 1969. Just a theory, of course. For in CREAM, there truly was no front man. CREAM was three musicians from a blues & jazz background who fed off of each other musically, making music somewhat of a conversation between three individuals. It is a style that I love to hear, and also to experience as a musician myself.

Long live CREAM!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars richard
All I can say if they did not break up I believe cream would have been bigger then the beatles or stones this is a must if you like good rock n roll with rock blues
Published 3 months ago by richard
5.0 out of 5 stars cream fan
This bio for the album is a great one to get if you like the album and there music. this for any fan of there's.
Published 8 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
5.0 out of 5 stars GET THIS!!
I don't write many reviews here on Amazon but I was compelled to do this one after watching this DVD last evening. The bonus material alone is worth the price! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mainerite
4.0 out of 5 stars An informative documentary, especially interesting for its archival...
This hour-long documentary in the Classic Albums series describes the making of Cream's 1967 sophmore effort DISRAELI GEARS through interviews and archival footage. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Christopher Culver
5.0 out of 5 stars fun, insightful
Great little documentary of a great band, with some good old footage. The piano solo version of "We're going wrong" done by Jack do in a recent and personal setting was... Read more
Published 18 months ago by zzzzz
3.0 out of 5 stars Great musicians, classic songs, - mediocre documentary
I grew up on Cream. And when I saw this available I though "Wow and in-depth explanation". At worst we will get some good songs. Read more
Published 19 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have for any Cream Fan
Disraeli Gears along with Sgt. Peppers are my all time favorite albums. Enough has been written about Sgt. Peppers and this DVD fills many of the gaps regarding Disraeli Gears. Read more
Published 23 months ago by kiwihc
1.0 out of 5 stars a waste
if you think this is music, think again. it's a documentary. a very poor one at that.
don't waste your money on it.
Published on December 8, 2011 by ralph dresh
5.0 out of 5 stars disraeli gears is a classic album!
Just as the title says this dvd showed some insights into the process of the making of this classic album. Read more
Published on April 29, 2010 by Seen enough good videos to care
2.0 out of 5 stars Too little music
Mostly interviews. Only 1-2 full songs. The rest is talking and snippets of songs. I like the band. I like the album. I expected more from this DVD.
Published on April 3, 2010 by Sandy R
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