Strange Brew (song)

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"Strange Brew"
Single by Cream
from the album Disraeli Gears
B-side "Tales of Brave Ulysses"
Released June 1967 (1967-06)[1]
Format 7" 45 rpm
Recorded May 1967 at Atlantic Studios, New York City
Genre Blues rock, psychedelic rock
Length 2:46
Label Reaction
Writer(s) Eric Clapton,[2] Felix Pappalardi, Gail Collins
Producer(s) Felix 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

"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.


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. The song later appeared on the soundtrack of the 1979 feature film, More American Graffiti. [5]



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

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