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Den, Steve & Phil in Conversation at Frigate
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2017 Dates

Dates are now being confirmed for the 2017 programme.  With only two shows left for 2016 (The Normanby Hotel and O'Grady's) the band are keen to expand on their usual venues.  Watch out for more details soon.

Classic Album Review.

Disraeli Gears – Cream, 1967.

This was the album that saw Clapton, Baker and Bruce from the ‘supergroup’ of the blues scene into Global pioneers of psychedelic rock/pop.  Following on from Fresh Cream, a raw UK produced collection of self-penned and standard blues, this was recorded in America and produced by Felix Pappalardi, later to become singer, writer and bass player with ‘Creamalike’ band Mountain.  The sound and the style is suddenly much slicker and more ground-breaking and even the cover art is a statement in itself, seldom absent from the arms of long haired teen rock fans en route to house parties or common room music sessions.  Tracks such as Sunshine of Your Love, Strange Brew and Tales of Brave Ulysees are still classics with Byd-esque Dance the Night Away showing off Clapton’s 12 string riffing and a nod back to straight blues with Take it Back.  Only the Ginger Baker vocal on Blue Condition has a slight whiff of filler about it but anything could be forgiven for the momentous Were Going Wrong.  This track was the critics’ pick at the reunion shows of 2005 and is without doubt the finest ever demonstration of the use of dynamics and instrumentation in a three piece rock trio.  This track and SWLABR (She Was Like a Bearded Rainbow) also are the first to feature the legendary “Woman Tone”, volume up full and tone rolled off.  Remastered about ten years ago, there is now an Abbey Road special edition cut at half speed from DSD (Digital Stream Direct) high resolution transfers of the original master tape, which lives in USA and was too precious to travel!  Christmas list!

 

Summer of Lurve - the mighty Cream
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