Sunday, April 8, 2007

BLIND FAITH - Blind Faith & Jams @320


Steve Winwood (vocals, guitar, piano, organ, bass);
Eric Clapton (vocals, guitar);
Rick Grech (violin, bass);
Ginger Baker (drums, percussion)

BLIND FAITH was cursed at its very inception by being billed as a supergroup. This was truly a pity, because for all the classic beauty of its only recording, Blind Faith was a band that never had a legitimate opportunity to come together as a performing ensemble. Hyped to the hilt and rushed into a massive, chaotic tour, the band fell apart after its final American concerts when Eric Clapton packed it in to join Delaney & Bonnie's band. BLIND FAITH scored a big hit with its evocative acoustic ballad "Can't Find My Way Home," featuring Winwood's raspy falsetto, Clapton's poignant acoustic guitar, and Baker's pulsing brush work. But then, every song on BLIND FAITH has become an FM radio staple. "Presence of the Lord" with Winwood's fervent vocals, "Had to Cry Today" (featuring Clapton's dense, multi-tracked blues leads), and the jacked-up rockabilly of Buddy Holly's "Well Alright," are all good examples. But the band never had much of a life outside the studio, and after Blind Faith folded, Winwood and Grech joined Baker's Air Force before reforming Traffic. Clapton began moving away from extended improvisations into more tightly structured song forms on his first solo album, ERIC CLAPTON, and proceeded in the same direction with Derek & The Dominos.


"Blind Faith" (1969)
Tracks
1. HAD TO CRY TODAY (Steve Winwood) 8:49
2. CAN'T FIND MY WAY HOME (Steve Winwood) 3:17
3. WELL ALL RIGHT (Petty/Holly/Allison/Mauldin) 4:28
4. PRESENCE OF THE LORD (Eric Clapton) 4:50
5. SEA OF JOY (Steve Winwood) 5:22
6. DO WHAT YOU LIKE (Ginger Baker) 15:20

CD reissue bonus tracks
7. EXCHANGE AND MART
8. SPENDING ALL MY DAYS

"Blind Faith - Jams"
Tracks
1. SLEEPING IN THE GROUND 2:49
2. ACOUSTIC JAM 15:50
3. TIME WINDS 3:15
4. JAM NO.1 VERY LONG & GOOD JAM 14:01
5. JAM NO.2 SLOW JAM #1 15:06
6. JAM NO.3 CHANGE OF ADDRESS 12:06
7. JAM NO.4 SLOW JAM #2 16:06


LINKS: (copy link to browser and change *!!* to *tt*)
Blind Faith
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Jams
h!!p://www.megaupload.com/?d=QO8HI0S1

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6 comments:

mark said...

wow!!!! what a great blog! I didn't have the "jams" part of this one. Thank You!!!

wardo said...

Thanks for putting this up!

Anonymous said...

great blog man god bless you ....and the rock'n'roll

jas d said...

Cheers,a brilliant recording and a joy to see the release of the video from Hyde Park.Portions of which can be seen on Yer Youtoob.

Anonymous said...

Great Blog and thanks for this post
Jams is new to me, I will bookmark you and visit often.

Anonymous said...

one of the best albums ever done too bad they couldnt do more, but look where 2 of them went.winnwod was probably only second best 2 EC on this one. steve is proably one of themost over looked guys in the music world.