Blind Faith – Blind Faith (2007-Remastered-Deluxe Edition-2CD-VB

Blind Faith – Blind Faith (2007-Remastered-Deluxe Edition-2CD-VB

-=Amazon Review=-

Short-lived classic-rock supergroup Blind Faith’s sole album (1969) has aged remarkably well. Blind Faith fused the psychedelic blues of Eric Clapton and the soulful vocals and keyboards of Steve Winwood with the polyrhythmic, Afrocentric leanings of drummer Ginger Baker. “Can’t Find My Way Home” is easily one of the hippie era’s most lyrically poignant, sonically subtle tunes. The record has a lot of surprises; “Presence of the Lord” is rousing and melancholy at the same time, while the way the bass and guitar double-team on the introductory melodic line to “Had to Cry Today” makes a hard-rock cliché fresh again. The 10-minute drum solo on “Do What You Like” is pretty good as 10-minute drum solos go; Blind Faith is not a purchase for the jam-shy, especially in its present, bloated form, which adds almost an hour and a half of unreleased jams and mixes. And while surely there are levitational moments within the five 12-to-16-minute improv sections included here, the excess (and lack of great material; remember that this band was only together a few months) grows tiresome. One notable exception is the “Change of Address Jam,” excerpts from which were pressed up as a record label change-of-address announcement back in the day. It’s got a pleasant, near-swinging, Graham Bond/Booker T on Quaaludes vibe, with Winwood’s keyboards rollicking nicely in a manner recalling his work on Electric Ladyland. The rest of disc two is for wank aficionados and completists only. –Mike McGonigal

-=AMG Review=-

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 â?? 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.


> Blind Faith – Blind Faith

Artist…[ Blind Faith
Title….[ Blind Faith
Genre….[ Rock
Year…..[ 2007
Encoder..[ LAME3.97 (-V2 –vbr-new)
Bitrate..[ VBRkbps
Quality..[ Joint-Stereo
kHz……[ 44.1kHz
Source…[ CDDA
Date…..[ Nov-18-2007
Type…..[ Album
Size…..[ 185,6 MB
Lable….[ Polydor
Cat.Nr…[ n/a
URL……[ n/a


01 had to cry today 08:49
02 can’t find my way home 03:16
03 well all right 04:27
04 presence of the lord 04:51
05 sea of joy 05:22
06 do what you like 15:23
07 sleeping in the ground 02:52
08 can’t find my way home (electric version) 05:43
09 acoustic jam 15:54
10 time winds 03:18
11 sleeping in the ground (slow blues version) 04:45


01 jam no. 1 (very long & good jam) 14:03
02 jam no. 2 (slow jam #1) 15:09
03 jam no. 3 (change of address jam) 12:09
04 jam no. 4 (slow jam #2) 16:06
TOTAL: 132:0 min

Blind Faith was either one of the great successes of the late
’60s, a culmination of the decade’s efforts by three legendary
musicians — or it was a disaster of monumental proportions,
and a symbol of everything that had gone wrong with the
business of rock at the close of the decade. In actual fact,
Blind Faith was probably both. By any ordinary reckoning, the
quartet compiled an enviable record. They generated some great
songs, two of them (“Sea of Joy,” “Presence of the Lord”) still
regarded as classics 30-plus years later; they sold hundreds of
thousands of concert tickets and perhaps a million more albums
at the time; and they were so powerful a force in the music
industry that they were indirectly responsible for helping
facilitate the merger of two major record companies that
evolved into Time Warner, before they’d released a note of
music on record. And they did it all in under seven months
Blind Faith’s beginnings dated from 1968 and the breakup of
Cream. That band had sold millions of records and eventually
achieved a status akin to that of the Beatles or the Rolling
Stones. Cream’s internal structure was as stressful as it was
musically potent, however, as a result of the genuine personal
dislike between bassist/singer Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger
Baker, which occasionally overwhelmed the respect they had for
each other as musicians, leaving guitarist/singer Eric Clapton
to serve as mediator. After two years of service as a referee,
spent all the while in an unremitting spotlight, the public
seemingly hanging on every note he played, Clapton was only too
happy to leave that situation behind.

The initial spark for Blind Faith came from Clapton and Steve
Winwood, whose band Traffic had split up in January of 1969,
amid acrimonious disputes over songwriting and direction.
Winwood at age 20 was some three years younger than Clapton,
and had emerged as a rock star at 17 as a member of the Spencer
Davis Group, spending three years as the lead singer on a
string of enviable R&B-based hits. His concerns were musical –
he wanted to work with the best musicians, and wanted to
experiment with jazz, which led him to leave the Spencer Davis
Group and form Traffic, which proved riven by egos nearly as
strong as the members’ musical impulses. The January 1969
breakup would be the first of several temporary splits in the
band’s lineup.



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