Offered for sale is an original still sealed copy of Disraeli Gears by Cream, complete with two hype stickers.
About this copy: This copy of Disraeli Gears is a still sealed pressing of the first issue of the album on the Atco label, believed to be on the original purple and brown label.
As the album is still sealed, the record is presumably new and unplayed.
The wrap is mostly intact, though there’s a small break in the wrap (about 1″ or so) near the top left corner. A piece of shrink wrap about 1″x3″ is missing near the Atco logo in the top right hand corner of the back cover.
There are two stickers on the shrink wrap on the front – one indicating that the album has earned a Gold Record award and another that says “Includes the Hit Sunshine of Your Love.”
The record feels like a thick pressing, so it likely has the brown and purple labels that were used on the original 1967 pressings. It’s possible, however, that the record has the later all yellow label. As the album is still sealed, we can’t verify the label version. (see photos for label examples)
An absolutely gorgeous example of one of the greatest rock albums of all time and the only sealed copy we’ve ever had for sale.
Background: Disraeli Gears is generally considered to be the definitive recording by Cream, and is also rightly regarded as one of the most influential rock albums of all time. The album reached #4 on the American charts and the single “Sunshine of Your Love” reached #6 on the singles charts. The album was certified platinum in the U.S. and gold in the UK.
Cream teamed up with producer Felix Pappalardi for their second album, Disraeli Gears, a move that helped push the power trio toward psychedelia and also helped give the album a thematic coherence missing from the debut. The blues still courses throughout Disraeli Gears — the swirling kaleidoscopic “Strange Brew” is built upon a riff lifted from Albert King — but it’s filtered into saturated colors, as it is on “Sunshine of Your Love,” or it’s slowed down and blurred out, as it is on the ominous murk of “Tales of Brave Ulysses.” Cream are still a heavy rock trio and Disraeli Gears is a quintessential heavy rock album of the ’60s. Yes, its psychedelic trappings tie it forever to 1967, but the imagination of the arrangements, the strength of the compositions, and especially the force of the musicianship make this album transcend its time as well.
You can listen to “Sunshine of Your Love” here:
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