Blind Faith: Deluxe Edition

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/2001
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 731453181823
  • Catalog Number: 531818
  • Sales rank: 8,013

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
Ginger Baker Contributor
Steve Winwood Contributor
Rick Grech Contributor
Jimmy Miller Producer
Chris Blackwell Arranger, Contributor
George Chkiantz Engineer
Eric Clapton Contributor
Keith Harwood Engineer
Andy Johns Engineer
Bill Levenson Producer
Alan O'Duffy Engineer
Robert Stigwood Arranger, Contributor
Vartan Art Direction
Suha Gur Remastering
Bob Seidemann Cover Design, Cover Photo
Stanley Miller Cover Design, Cover Art
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An all-time masterpiece

    A supergroup able to mix rock, blues, hints of jazz and much more.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A satisfying six-pack

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The precursor to Asia, The Firm, GTR, Audioslave and Velvet Revolver!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    They may have only made one album, but when it's this good, do you really need to make another? ''Blind Faith'' is perfect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    forget about cd 2!!!

    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!

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