Strange Brew

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Originally titled "Lawdy Mama" (a version of that was recorded and did surface), this classic psychedelic nugget defined Cream's ability to create a monstrous, mid-tempo groove. Based on a simple blues pattern, there is a hint of R&B in the tempo, creating an undeniable vibe. Lyrically, its psychedelic portrait of a dark and intriguing woman is equally effective. Although not released as a single, this song is one of the band's most treasured and definitive records and contains perhaps one of Eric Clapton's finest studio-recorded guitar solos.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Disraeli Gears 1967 Polydor 2:50
I Feel Free 1969 Karussell
The Super Groups 1969
Various Artists
No Image 1983 2:47
Strange Brew: The Very Best of Cream 1983 Polydor / Universal International 2:47
Crossroads 1988 Polydor 2:47
Strange Brew [Video/DVD] 1991 WEA International
The Very Best of Cream 1995 Polydor / Chronicles 2:46
Those Were the Days 1997 Polydor 2:46
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Cream 2000 Polydor / Universal 2:49
Blow 2001
Original Soundtrack
Virgin 2:48
Gold 2005 Polydor 2:49
I Feel Free: Ultimate Cream 2005 Polydor 2:49
Disraeli Gears (Rarities Edition) 2010 Polydor 2:51
Icon 2011 Polydor 2:47
Icon 2 2011 Polydor 2:47
The Vietnam War: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick - The Soundtrack 2017
Various Artists
Universal 2:47
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2018
Original Soundtrack
Universal 2:48
Halloween Party Songs
Various Artists
Universal 2:45