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Disraeli Gears

Another interesting album cover. Very Psychedelic and perfect for the music within. In fact, this iconic album cover was designed by an artist name Martin Sharpe. Martin also helped write some of the lyrics for Tales Of Brave Ulysses. This was Cream's second album, done in New York City in only 3 and a half days. The rush was because the work permits for Eric, Jack and Ginger was to expire in that time. Producing was Felix Pappalardi, the founder of Mountain. Legendary engineer Tom Dowd was working the sound and Label president Ahmet Ertegen was also present.. The album cover was a perfect visual for the trippy music on the record... this is one of my favorite album covers from the Psychedelic era. The title of the LP came about because at some point in the recording process, Eric was talking about his bike, and referenced the 'derailleur' gear..a roadie who walked by named Mick Turner chimed in something about the Disraeli Gear and the band cracked up, and eventually used this as the title. It remains my favorite Cream album. A tremendous pairing of Psychedelic and Blues..


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01/14/2013 1:42PM
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02/26/2013 10:28AM
...OF THE CROP
THX FOR THE DEJA VOUS BOBBIE K ;-) LONG TIME LISTENER OF YOUR PLETHORA OF ROCK MEMORIES ;-)
11/03/2013 3:58PM
Thanks Bob
Bob I will say (again) that you are the best. Living here on Maui, I get up extra early on Saturday to catch Revolution, the best program on radio. I am sure others think I am nuts. The one thing I really miss here is the Eagle. Streaming is ok but we have to endure the filler music, which is pretty repetitious. Steve on Maui
05/02/2014 9:18PM
Couldn't send email, didn't want to take up space here, sorry...... :)
Dear Mr. Keller, I feel a bit old (63) to be writing a fan letter, but in this case it is both overdue and more than well deserved. Your humor, knowledge, perspective, and, most importantly, obvious love of the music are a welcome breath of fresh air to these jaded ears, and since I moved to the Sacramento area four years ago I have always made an effort to tune in “Say You Want a Revolution” and Café Rock whenever possible. It’s especially fun to listen to your Saturday morning broadcast and hear that music being played “live” again on the airwaves, taking us back to a moment in time when it was new and fresh and exciting, and sometimes more than a little scary too, as rock n’ roll should be. Back to a time before the big bucks kicked in and the ballrooms turned into stadiums, and before once cutting edge songs became soundtracks for today’s TV commercials and sports events. You make it come alive again every Saturday morning, in the best tradition of underground legends like KMPX and KSAN, and for that I truly thank you. To give my appreciation a bit of context: I spent my early teenage years in the Pacific Northwest and was there exposed to the garage bands that flourished decades before grunge (e.g., Sonics, Wailers, Kingsmen). In junior high school, was co-founder of a band that shamelessly copied Paul Revere and The Raiders. Went to my first concert in 1965 (Manfred Mann, Them, and the Sonics), and saw the Stones that same year. Was fortunate to move to the Bay Area in 1966, saw the Beatles at the final show at Candlestick that August, and then came the Summer of Love and the rest is history. Didn’t see The Dead a zillion times, but did see most of the best of what today is called Classic Rock. (Shared an organic substance with Jim Morrison at the edge of the Winterland stage in 1968 – things were a lot different then.) For several years I’ve been compiling a‘60s playlist of my own (750 tracks and counting) which is not only a work in progress (just realized today I’d left out Mark Lindsay’s “Arizona”!) but also provides an added motivation for me to get up early every Saturday to enjoy the music and see if I’ve missed out on anything (the most recent addition, courtesy of your catalog, being Thunderclap Newman’s “Something In The Air”). If I had one respectful request/suggestion regarding Revolution, it would be(and forgive me if I’m wrong, as I well could be) that while I believe you’ve played the long version of “Light My Fire” (6:52), and “Suzy Q” (8:37), and I’m pretty sure “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (17:02)(I know I heard someone play it and figured it had to be you!) I’ve only heard the short version of “Time Has Come Today” and that psychedelic masterpiece surely deserves the full treatment (11:03) that sent me scurrying to borrow my friend’s stereo headphones in 1967. So, again, thank you, sir, for helping to make sure the long strange trip never ends. Yours truly, Michael
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