Blind Faith [2000 Deluxe Edition]by Blind Faith
The term "supergroup" was coined to describe this short-lived but brilliant aggregation, which hit No. 1 with their self-titled debut and disappeared just as quickly -- but not without leaving some tantalizing sonic artifacts that are finally going on public display. This artfully packaged two-disc set, which includes a 28-page booklet with a lengthy essay, an annotated track listing, and lots of photos, doesn't merely dress up Blind Faith with a few outtakes: Rather, it adds an entire disc's worth of admittedly unpolished jamming that hints where Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, and company might have gone, given the chance. The group's extant album is joined on disc one by a handful of previously unreleased material, highlighted by two versions of "Sleeping in the Ground." The first, a gentle Beatlesque meander, would have fit in nicely on the era's FM radio, while the second, a doomy Chicago-styled blues, has considerably more heft. The second disc, however, is where folks who pine for free-form radio will have a field day. Comprised of four unstructured jams, each clocking in at more than ten minutes in length, the tribal, rhythm-based disc shows both the seeds of Winwood's future work in Traffic and the burgeoning world music affinity of drummer Ginger Baker. It goes down nice and easy, but it's most assuredly not easy listening.
- Release Date:
- Polygram Records
- Had to Cry Today
- Can't Find My Way Home
- Well All Right
- Presence of the Lord
- Sea of Joy
- Do What You Like
- Sleeping in the Ground
- Can't Find My Way Home
- Acoustic Jam
- Time Winds
- Sleeping in the Ground
Performance CreditsBlind 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 CreditsSam Myers Composer
Ginger Baker Composer,Contributor
Buddy Holly Composer
Steve Winwood Composer,Contributor
Rick Grech Contributor
Norman Petty Composer
Jimmy Miller Producer
Jerry Allison Composer
Chris Blackwell Contributor
George Chkiantz Engineer
Eric Clapton Composer,Contributor
Andy Johns Engineer
Bill Levenson Producer
Joe Mauldin Composer
Robert Stigwood Contributor
Vartan Art Direction
Bob Seidemann Cover Photo
Stanley Miller Cover Design,Cover Art
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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!!!
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!
They may have only made one album, but when it's this good, do you really need to make another? ''Blind Faith'' is perfect.
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.
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.
A supergroup able to mix rock, blues, hints of jazz and much more.
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.