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“It was very much against my wishes but at that moment I had absolutely no power in the band, in the studio” – Cream and the troubled birth of Strange Brew

Bedecked with the eyecatching, trippy, day-glow cover art of Aussie counter-culturalist Martin Sharp, Cream’s second album Disraeli Gears was always going to turn heads when it hit the shelves. Its unique and formidable blend of blues riffing and psychedelic freak-out caught the ears of the world’s record-buying public, too, and made its tracks stand out like purple-red flashes on the radio.

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Bedecked with the eye-catching, trippy, day-glow cover art of Aussie counter-culturalist Martin Sharp, Cream’s second album about starting a band back in mid-1966, global domination beckoned. Cream – whose line-up was completed by ace bassist, singer and song`writer Jack Bruce – were soon signed up by Robert Stigwood’s Reaction Records label in the UK and Atlantic’s Atco imprint in the US. Their debut Fresh Cream did well on home turf, but only just cracked the Top 40 over the pond.

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