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|Blind Faith||Primary Artist|
|Ginger Baker||Percussion, Drums|
|Steve Winwood||Organ, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals|
|Rick Grech||Bass, Violin, Vocals|
|Eric Clapton||Guitar, Vocals|
|Ginger Baker||Composer, Contributor|
|Steve Winwood||Composer, Contributor|
|Eric Clapton||Composer, Contributor|
|Bob Seidemann||Cover Photo|
|Stanley Miller||Cover Design, Cover Art|
Posted October 1, 2010
If you meet someone in their forties who has never heard this album, steer clear ... you've met someone who was clearly out of touch with their generation. This album, as much as any other defined a disaffected, restless generation. Yet the music remains as seductive today as when the album first appeared. My favorite cuts are ''Can't Find My Way Home'' and ''In the Presence of the Lord''. These songs reflect how the popular music of the 60's and 70's differed from the music of earlier periods. While both songs are melodic, the melodies transcend the lines between several musical disciplines, and the lyrics are a departure from sugar-coated tripe of earlier music. I could do without ''Do What You Like'', which features an extended drum solo by Ginger Baker. But extended cuts featuring ''jam'' efforts were typical of albums produced at the time, and this particular cut showcases Baker's previously underappreciated talents. I've owned three copies of this album, (buying a new one each time the old one began to show wear). My current copy is the UK version that was banned in the United States because the cover displayed a photo of a topless 13 year old. Apparently times have changed, as I notice that the once-forbidden cover now graces the soon-to-be-released CD version. But times have not changed so much as to relegate this music to the ''oldies'' bin. The music and the lyrics are timeless. It is best, I think, that this band produced only one album. As with the Beatles, fans of Blind Faith are forever left to wonder whether the group could have produced another album of this quality. It is that imponderable that makes this album so special. Moreover, Blind Faith's lone effort set the stage for the meteoric rise of Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton as solo performers, and made Ginger Baker and Rik Grech household names among audiophiles. I know it's expensive, but gems usually are. Buy it!!! You'll be glad you did!!!
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Posted October 1, 2010
Now often overlooked, Blind Faith was Eric Clapton's first move after Cream imploded at the end of 1968. Joining forces with the multi-talented Steve Winwood, who has just left Traffic seemed like an unbeatable idea, and the addition of drummer extraordinaire Ginger Baker and bassist Rick Grech made Blind Faith seem like a ''can't miss'' project. Six months later it was over. Rushed into the studio my greedy and insensitive managers and then sent on a long and chaotic tour, Blind Faith never had a chance to gel as a band. After one promising album, the group broke up. Judged a disappointment at the time Blind Faith's one and only album has some very fine moments. Clapton had yet to develop the confidence needed to be a convincing lead vocalist, so he deferred to Winwood, who was at his peak as a singer. Clapton's guitar work is simply magnificent, as he is already maturing beyond his work with Cream and pointing towards his renaissance with Derek & the Dominoes that began a year later. Polydor has remastered ''Blind Faith'' using state-of-the-art technology, and reissued it with outtakes and jam sessions from the original 1969 recording sessions. The original album is a revelation; the sound as crisp and full as is imaginable. The clarity is astounding, and even if you think you know every note of this album, you will be pleasantly surprised by what you hear on this new version. Songs like Winwood's ''Can't Find My Way Home'' and ''Sea of Joy,'' and Clapton's ''Presence of the Lord'' have aged very well and sound better than ever. The outtakes are a mixed lot. A couple have appeared on Clapton and Winwood's anthologies, and several others have circulated for years on bootlegs, albeit with inferior sound. These tracks are interesting but not essential. The jams, alas, are largely a waste. Playing riffs for ten or fifteen minutes while waiting for a musical idea that's worth keeping is not my idea of fun for the listener. These tracks are not even built around a reliable and basic format like 12-bar blues. There are some fiery moments - how could there not be with these musicians - but, like the three CD ''Layla'' box a decade ago, most of the unreleased material is disappointing. Still, fans of Clapton, Winwood and their various bands will probably want to own this set. The remastered ''Blind Faith'' is a gem, and stakes a viable claim for the album as one of the best of its era.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.