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Tales of Brave Ulysses
by Cream
(Rewind to 1967)

You learn something new every day. And that is certainly true for me, a complete ignoramus when it comes to the reading of the classics, such as Latin and Greek literature. One such story converted to 'rock' (yeah, really) is "Tales of Brave Ulysses", recorded by the mega-group 'Cream' in 1967. Contributor Beth Calamia Scheckel posted the following insight into that recording for the "Classics Rock: Books Shelved in Songs" blog:

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The hero of Homer's epic "The Odyssey" is featured in this song, from the 'Cream' 1967 album "Disraeli Gears", but he appears under the Latin rendering of his name, 'Ulysses': "And you touch the distant beaches/With tales of brave Ulysses/How his naked ears were tortured/By the Sirens sweetly singing." The reference is to an episode in "The Odyssey", an account of the ten-year journey undertaken by 'Odysseus' ('Ulysses') to get home following the Trojan War. His course takes him past the island of the Sirens - mythical women whose irresistible song lures sailors to shipwreck on the rocks. He orders his crew to fill their ears with beeswax, then has himself lashed to the mast so he can hear the music for himself. When he hears the Sirens' song, he begs to be released, but his men stand firm and the ship passes by safely. The girl featured in "Tales of Brave Ulysses" is associated with the Greek goddess of love: "Her name is 'Aphrodite'/And she rides a crimson shell." 'Aphrodite' appears in "The Iliad", Homer's account of the Trojan War, and can be said to have helped instigate that conflict by enabling Paris's abduction of 'Helen, Queen of Sparta', the event that precipitated the war.

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Written by Eric Clapton, in conjunction with the Australian multimedia genius Martin Sharp (who additionally designed the cover for "Disraeli Gears", as well as their "Wheels of Fire" LP - he was also a cartoonist and film maker), it was the B-side to the single "Strange Brew" in the same year, spending one week at No. 86 in the US Billboard Hot 100, but peaking at No. 17 during a fine 8-week Top 40 run in the UK, released there on the 'Reaction' label.
http://theclassicsrock.blogspot.co.uk/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tales_of_Brave_Ulysses
1967 - Reaction / ATCO Records - United Kingdom - From the album "Disraeli Gears".
Posted: 22nd January 2017
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