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Disraeli Gears – Cream [#376]

DIRTY+DANCINGDisraeli Gears – Cream

Steelrattus here again, with the fifth of my guest posts in this seven day run.

Disraeli Gears is the first of the two albums in these seven days that I don’t know at all. So I have done the right thing, sat down, and listened to it. First impressions of the album are that it’s all very 60s/70s hippy culture. I quite liked the opening track, and the second track was famous enough for me to recognise it, but then it went slowly downhill from there. Part of the problem is that for the last few years I’ve struggled to listen to whole albums unless (a) I really like them and (b) they have some variety. Unfortunately this album doesn’t tick either of those boxes for me.

Checking the facts, the album was indeed released in 1967, hit No. 5 in the UK chart, and was Cream’s US breakthrough. The odd title is a malapropism (what I know as an “eggcorn”) between members of the band talking about a bicycle. They found it so funny they used it as the title. And here’s the famous track.

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#151 – The Best Air Guitar Album in the World…Ever – Various Artists

The Best Air Guitar Album in the World...Ever - Various Artists The Best Air Guitar Album in the World…Ever – Various Artists

This is every Dad’s favourite compilation from the nineties and noughties. Glove boxes throughout the UK had a copy of this album in it and jukeboxes in dodgy pubs were required by law to have this album also.

As much a part of pre-MP3 music culture as Tubular Bells, Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds and other coffee table albums, The Best Air Guitar Album in the World…Ever is one of those compilations that seem to be in every collection. It’s not hard to see why. All the traditionally popular bands are here; Queen, Def Leppard, Skynyrd and Blur but there are also bands and songs that are missing – Stiltskin’s Inside and Mountain’s Nantucket Sleighride for example, surely two of the most prolific air guitar riffs ever? Also there are some bands whose inclusion seems to only be to hook the younger generation in, Blur and Robbie Williams for example.

Still as compilations go, this is one of the better more agreeable ones.

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