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Blind Faith: Deluxe Edition
     

Blind Faith: Deluxe Edition

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by Blind Faith
 

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Blind Faith's first and last album, more than 30 years old and counting, remains one of the jewels of the Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, and Ginger Baker catalogs, despite the crash-and-burn history of the band itself, which scarcely lasted six months.

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Blind Faith's first and last album, more than 30 years old and counting, remains one of the jewels of the Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, and Ginger Baker catalogs, despite the crash-and-burn history of the band itself, which scarcely lasted six months. As much a follow-up to Traffic's self-titled second album as it is to Cream's final output, it merges the soulful blues of the former with the heavy riffing and outsized song lengths of the latter for a very compelling sound unique to this band. Not all of it works -- between the virtuoso electric blues of "Had to Cry Today," the acoustic-textured "Can't Find My Way Home," the soaring "Presence of the Lord" (Eric Clapton's one contribution here as a songwriter, and the first great song he ever authored) and "Sea of Joy," the band doesn't do much with the Buddy Holly song "Well All Right"; and Ginger Baker's "Do What You Like" was a little weak to take up 15 minutes of space on an LP that might have been better used for a shorter drum solo and more songs. Unfortunately, the group was never that together as a band and evidently had just the 42 minutes of new music here ready to tour behind.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/27/2001
Label:
Polydor / Umgd
UPC:
0731453181823
catalogNumber:
531818
Rank:
1653

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

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

Technical Credits

Jimmy Miller   Producer
Chris Blackwell   Arranger
George Chkiantz   Engineer
Keith Harwood   Engineer
Andy Johns   Engineer
Bill Levenson   Producer
Alan O'Duffy   Engineer
Robert Stigwood   Arranger
Vartan   Art Direction
Bob Seidemann   Cover Design,Cover Photo
Stanley Miller   Cover Design,Cover Art

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Blind Faith: Deluxe Edition 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
What's with that subject title you may wonder? I mean to point out that in the history of rock music, when it comes to bands that were considered 'supergroups', few came more super than Blind Faith. Often, Cream is cited as rock's first supergroup, but I believe it to be more apt to consider Blind Faith to hold that title, considering how established Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, and Ginger Baker were by the time they recorded their only album in 1969 (whereas Cream were simply three of the best musicians to ever convene in a rock group, if not the most famous or popular at the time of their debut in 1966). It's always been an interesting album, really what one might expect - somewhat Traffic-ish (that Winwood sings lead on all the songs, that would stand to reason) and somewhat Cream-ish (Clapton and Baker's guitar and drums sound like an extension of what Cream did, but more in a Traffic direction.) Can't say what Rick Grech brought to the table influence-wise, since I'm not familiar with his previous group Family, but he does good bass parts (although he's not Jack Bruce, Blind Faith didn't require him to be that). Supposedly, "Presence of the Lord" is the first song Eric Clapton ever wrote by himself (he co-wrote Cream songs, never wrote one on his own before) and it's classic epic late '60s track, great Leslie effect on the guitar (like "Badge" before it) ... "Had to Cry Today" good merging of Traffic soulfulness and Cream jamming ... "Can't Find My Way Home" nice acoustic track that has the most Traffic influence of the album (for an interesting variation, get the 'deluxe edition' of 'Blind Faith' to hear the electric version)... "Do What You Like" with the gratuitious drum solo so prevelant in those days, except that supposedly Ginger Baker did 'compose' the solo. Indeed, Blind Faith was not meant to have a long career, and in that one album, they formed the blueprint for future 'supergroups' like Asia (ex-members of Yes, ELP and King Crimson), the Firm (Jimmy Page and Paul Rogers [from Bad Company]), GTR (Steve Hackett from Genesis, Steve Howe from Yes, and Asia), Audioslave (ex-Rage Against the Machine meets Chris Cornell from Soundgarden) and now Velvet Revolver (Stone Guns Temple and Roses Pilots?) ... not in sound so much as the idea of creating bands with musicians so closely associated with their previous bands that makes it difficult to believe they can exceed standards previously set. In the case of Eric Clapton, one year after 'Blind Faith' he was making 'Derek and the Dominoes - Layla', by then being the only one of the 'supergroup' bunch to break that mold ('Laya' arguably is the best music Clapton ever made, group, solo or otherwise). In the other cases (especially for Jimmy Page after Led Zeppelin, that would be just about impossible. But for Eric Clapton, 'Blind Faith' was one step closer to his development towards his solo career while still being in a group of great players.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the sound of songs such as Sea of Joy, Can't Find My Way Home, Do What You Like and Had To Cry Today are quintessentially 1969 and the soundtrack underlying my childhood. I don't know whether this deluxe edition has been severely cleaned up tapewise and I don't care. However 90 percent of the extra stuff - previously unreleased jams and Sleeping In The Ground are for collectors and incurable hippies only. Beware!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A supergroup able to mix rock, blues, hints of jazz and much more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
They may have only made one album, but when it's this good, do you really need to make another? ''Blind Faith'' is perfect.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
Clapton, Winwood, Baker and Grech only made one studio album together but its a keeper. There may only be six songs here but they have become muched loved over the years.
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