Strange Brew (song)

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"Strange Brew"
Single by Cream
from the album Disraeli Gears
B-side"Tales of Brave Ulysses"
ReleasedJune 1967 (1967-06)[1]
Format7" 45 rpm
RecordedMay 1967 at Atlantic Studios, New York City
GenreBlues rock, psychedelic rock
Length2:46
LabelReaction
Writer(s)Eric Clapton,[2] Felix Pappalardi, Gail Collins
ProducerFelix Pappalardi
Cream (U.K.) singles chronology
"I Feel Free"
(December 1966)
"Strange Brew"
(June 1967)
"Anyone for Tennis"
(May 1968)
Cream (U.S.) singles chronology
"I Feel Free"
(December 1966)
"Strange Brew"
(June 1967)
"Spoonful, Part 1"
(November 1967)
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"Strange Brew"
Single by Cream
from the album Disraeli Gears
B-side"Tales of Brave Ulysses"
ReleasedJune 1967 (1967-06)[1]
Format7" 45 rpm
RecordedMay 1967 at Atlantic Studios, New York City
GenreBlues rock, psychedelic rock
Length2:46
LabelReaction
Writer(s)Eric Clapton,[2] Felix Pappalardi, Gail Collins
ProducerFelix Pappalardi
Cream (U.K.) singles chronology
"I Feel Free"
(December 1966)
"Strange Brew"
(June 1967)
"Anyone for Tennis"
(May 1968)
Cream (U.S.) singles chronology
"I Feel Free"
(December 1966)
"Strange Brew"
(June 1967)
"Spoonful, Part 1"
(November 1967)
Music sample
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"Strange Brew" is a 1967 song by British supergroup Cream.[2] Released in late May of that year as the lead single from their album Disraeli Gears, this song features Eric Clapton on lead vocals rather than the usual lead by Jack Bruce. The single peaked at number 17 on the UK charts in July of that same year. The UK single release was the last Cream single to be released by Reaction Records.

Background[edit]

After the Murray "the K" Show Cream recorded a song called "Lawdy Mama" with Ahmet Ertegun at Atlantic Studios in New York. When Cream was working on the sessions for Disraeli Gears, producer Felix Pappalardi took the tape of "Lawdy Mama" and with help from his wife Gail Collins transformed the song into "Strange Brew" which according to Eric Clapton "created a pop song without completely destroying the original groove."[3][4]

Chart history[edit]

The song "Strange Brew" first appeared on the UK Singles Chart on 10 June 1967 at #43. It hit its highest position on 15 July at #17, and then left the charts on 5 August at #35 having spent a total of 9 weeks on the chart.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cream, Blind Faith, Dominos". The Eric Clapton Lyric Archive. eric-clapton.co.uk. 3rd Cream Single. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Gilliland, John (1969). "Show 53 - String Man. : UNT Digital Library" (audio). Pop Chronicles. Digital.library.unt.edu. 
  3. ^ "The making of... Cream's Strange Brew" - Total Guitar Magazine - August 14, 2012.
  4. ^ Clapton, Eric (2007). Clapton:The Autobiography (First ed.). Broadway Books. pp. 83, 86. ISBN 978-0-385-51851-2. 
  5. ^ "Strange Brew". chartstats.com. Retrieved 27 September 2011. 

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