We're Going Wrong

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"We're Going Wrong"
Song by Cream
from the album Disraeli Gears[1]
Released November 1967
Recorded May 1967 at Atlantic Studios, New York City
Length 3:27
Label Reaction (UK)
Atco (U.S.)
Polydor (U.S. Reissue)
Songwriter(s) Jack Bruce
Producer(s) Felix Pappalardi
Disraeli Gears[1] track listing
"We're Going Wrong"
"Outside Woman Blues"
Audio sample

"We're Going Wrong" is a song by British supergroup Cream from the album Disraeli Gears. The song was written by bassist Jack Bruce and was the only song on Gears that Jack wrote without lyricist Pete Brown.

Song structure[edit]

With the song's lyrics being only two stanzas long,[2] Jack Bruce's vocals are stretched out throughout the length of the song and are backed by Eric Clapton's psychedelic-style guitar work and Ginger Baker's drum beat which, at least when played live, uses Timpani drum mallets instead of regular drumsticks.[3] Bruce vocals are falsetto and crooning-like and are accompanied with a slow bass line and a bluesy/psychedelic guitar melody; however Baker’s drumming is often frenetic and fast paced, making it completely at odds with the rest of the instruments.

Live history[edit]

Many of the tracks on Disraeli Gears, including "Sunshine of Your Love", were dropped from Cream's live set in late-1967 and replaced by longer tracks such as the rendition of "Spoonful" and Ginger Baker's instrumental "Toad". "We're Going Wrong", however, achieved occasional play time.

Live album discography[edit]

The following Cream live albums releases featured "We're Going Wrong":

  1. BBC Sessions
  2. Royal Albert Hall
    • The fourteenth song played in the setlist.[5]

Compilation appearances[edit]

The following Cream compilation albums releases featured "We're Going Wrong":

  1. The Very Best of Cream
  2. Those Were the Days
  3. I Feel Free - Ultimate Cream
  4. Gold

Jack Bruce solo versions[edit]

A live cover version of the song, recorded 19 August 1971 was released on Bruce's 1995 live release BBC Live in Concert[6] and later released in 2008 on Spirit.[7] Another live cover appeared on his 2003 release More Jack Than God.[8] Another live version was released on HR Big Band Featuring Jack Bruce.[9]


  1. ^ All song information from the Disraeli Gear Polydor Reissue Liner Notes except Genre & Label
  2. ^ "Untitled 1". Jackbruce.com. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  3. ^ Video no Longer available on YouTube
  4. ^ "Disraeli Gears - Deluxe Edition". Jack Bruce. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  5. ^ "Cream 2005 Reunion". Cream2005.com. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  6. ^ "BBC Live in Concert". Jack Bruce. 1971-08-19. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  7. ^ "Spirit". Jack Bruce. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  8. ^ "More Jack Than God". Jack Bruce. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  9. ^ "Live at 37. Deutsches Jazzfestival". Jack Bruce. 2006-10-26. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 

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