This record was cut using a specialist technique known as half-speed mastering. This artisan process results in cuts that have superior high frequency response (treble) and very solid and stable stereo images. In short, a very high quality master that helps to create a very high quality record. The original cut for this record was half speed mastered at Abbey Road Studios.
Released in 1967, Disraeli Gears is the second studio album by the first rock ‘supergroup' Cream (Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker) and the name of the album famously came from a malapropism. During a conversation about racing bikes, one of their roadies, a certain Mick Turner, made reference to Disraeli gears instead of Derailleur gears, which was greeted with hilarity and the group decided to use that as the title of the album.
Something of a departure from their blues roots, Disraeli Gears perfectly captured the mood of the period with a powerful array of psychedelic rockers, reached No. 5 in the UK Charts and was Cream's breakthrough release in the US, hitting No. 4 in the Billboard 200. It was all recorded in three and a half days at Atlantic Studios, NY, in the presence of Atlantic Records (to whom they were signed in the US) boss Ahmet Ertegun, following nine shows as part of the Music in the 5th Dimension concert series. Their work visas expired on the last day of recording.
The sleeve was designed by Australian artist Martin Sharp, who lived in the same building as Clapton, The Pheasantry in Chelsea. Sharp also co-wrote the lysergic tour-de-force "Tales Of Brave Ulysses" with Clapton and described the music on the album as a "warm fluorescent sound." His artwork was an attempt to represent this visually and is acknowledged to be one of the finest ‘acid rock' designs of the era.