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Strange Brew (song)

"Strange Brew" is a song by the British rock band Cream. First released as a single in June 1967 in the UK and US, it was later added to their second studio album Disraeli Gears. The song features Eric Clapton on lead vocals rather than the usual lead by Jack Bruce. The single peaked at number 17 on the UK Singles Chart in July of that same year. In the UK, it was the last Cream single to be released by Reaction Records.

"Strange Brew"
German picture sleeve
Single by Cream
from the album Disraeli Gears
B-side"Tales of Brave Ulysses"
Released
  • June 1967 (1967-06) (single)
  • 2 November 1967 (album)
RecordedApril 1967
StudioAtlantic, New York City
GenrePsychedelic rock, blues rock
Length2:45
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Felix Pappalardi
Cream UK singles chronology
"I Feel Free"
(1966)
"Strange Brew"
(1967)
"Anyone for Tennis"
(1968)
Cream US singles chronology
"I Feel Free"
(1967)
"Strange Brew"
(1967)
"Spoonful"
(1967)
Audio sample

Contents

In April 1967, during their first trip to New York, Cream recorded a song called "Lawdy Mama" with Ahmet Ertegun at Atlantic Studios, at the beginning of the sessions for what would become the Disraeli Gears album. The band cut two versions of the song, the first a typical blues shuffle, and the second converted to straight time in a more rock 'n' roll style (both versions can be heard on the Those Were the Days collection). Producer Felix Pappalardi took the tape of the second version 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." One journalist noted that Clapton at this stage was employing Albert King guitar stylings; and that both "Strange Brew" and another Cream track, "Born Under a Bad Sign", "were practically Albert King parodies". Clapton performs lead vocals on the song in a falsetto style. It was the first Cream single on which he sang lead. Unlike the group's previous single, "I Feel Free", no promotional video was made for the song, but the band mimed to it on television on the German program Beat Club on 19 May 1967.

The song "Strange Brew" first appeared on the UK Singles Chart on 10 June 1967 at No. 43. It hit its highest position on 15 July at No. 17, and then left the charts on 5 August at No. 35, having spent a total of nine weeks on the chart. The song later appeared on the soundtrack of the 1979 feature film, More American Graffiti.

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Strange Brew (song)
Strange Brew song Language Watch Edit Strange Brew is a song by the British rock band Cream First released as a single in June 1967 in the UK and US 1 it was later added to their second studio album Disraeli Gears 2 The song features Eric Clapton on lead vocals rather than the usual lead by Jack Bruce The single peaked at number 17 on the UK Singles Chart in July of that same year In the UK it was the last Cream single to be released by Reaction Records Strange Brew German picture sleeveSingle by Creamfrom the album Disraeli GearsB side Tales of Brave Ulysses ReleasedJune 1967 1967 06 single 2 November 1967 album RecordedApril 1967StudioAtlantic New York CityGenrePsychedelic rock blues rockLength2 45LabelReaction UK Atco US Songwriter s Eric ClaptonFelix PappalardiGail CollinsProducer s Felix PappalardiCream UK singles chronology I Feel Free 1966 Strange Brew 1967 Anyone for Tennis 1968 Cream US singles chronology I Feel Free 1967 Strange Brew 1967 Spoonful 1967 Audio sample source source filehelp Contents 1 Background 2 Chart history 3 Personnel 4 References 5 External linksBackground EditIn April 1967 during their first trip to New York Cream recorded a song called Lawdy Mama with Ahmet Ertegun at Atlantic Studios at the beginning of the sessions for what would become the Disraeli Gears album The band cut two versions of the song the first a typical blues shuffle and the second converted to straight time in a more rock n roll style both versions can be heard on the Those Were the Days collection Producer Felix Pappalardi took the tape of the second version 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 One journalist noted that Clapton at this stage was employing Albert King guitar stylings and that both Strange Brew and another Cream track Born Under a Bad Sign were practically Albert King parodies 5 Clapton performs lead vocals on the song in a falsetto style It was the first Cream single on which he sang lead Unlike the group s previous single I Feel Free no promotional video was made for the song but the band mimed to it on television on the German program Beat Club on 19 May 1967 6 Chart history EditThe song Strange Brew first appeared on the UK Singles Chart on 10 June 1967 at No 43 It hit its highest position on 15 July at No 17 and then left the charts on 5 August at No 35 having spent a total of nine weeks on the chart The song later appeared on the soundtrack of the 1979 feature film More American Graffiti 7 Personnel EditEric Clapton lead vocals lead guitar rhythm guitar Jack Bruce bass guitar backing vocal Ginger Baker drumsReferences Edit Cream Blind Faith Dominos The Eric Clapton Lyric Archive eric clapton co uk 3rd Cream Single Retrieved 27 September 2011 Gilliland John 1969 Show 53 String Man UNT Digital Library audio Pop Chronicles University of North Texas Libraries The making of Cream s Strange Brew Total Guitar Magazine 14 August 2012 Clapton Eric 2007 Clapton The Autobiography first ed Broadway Books pp 83 86 ISBN 978 0 385 51851 2 Robert Palmer 1981 Deep Blues Penguin Books p 246 ISBN 978 0 14 006223 6 Gig List Jack Bruce com Strange Brew Official Charts Company Retrieved 27 September 2011 External links EditLyrics of this song at MetroLyrics Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Strange Brew song amp oldid 1008441203, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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