Blind Faith

Blind Faith

Produced by Jimmy Miller


Had To Cry Today 8:49
Can't Find My Way Home 3:17
Well All Right 4:28
Presence Of The Lord 4:56
Sea Of Joy 5:22
Do What You Like 15:20

Reviews

Robert Kleinzweig

Rating : 10/10

7 March 2006


I was 20 and rock and roll was king, and Blind Faith was unique. The music and simplistic lyrics in Do What You Like spoke to a generation and resonated with me. Technically, not the smoothest album written, but the new, raw sound awakened millions of teens in the wild and fabulous sixties, the best decade of all to be a teen.

 

Jeff

Rating : 3/10

10 May 2005


Indeed it does, still, sound as though this album was cut in a rush, which assassinates the better songs (basically, "Sea of Joy," "Can't Find My Way Back Home," and "Presence of the Lord") and compromises the intriguing choice of Buddy Holly's "Well All Right" for a cover. The exhumed jams display some interesting playing which, considering the exploding hype that smothered the quartet once the news of their formation broke, might have boded for an interesting repertoire for the group if they'd been allowed to survive the 1969 madness.

"Presence of the Lord" may have been Eric Clapton's first all-by-himself song writing turn, but he was not exactly a song writing neophyte, if previous collaborations with John Mayall ("Double Crossin' Time"), Felix Pappalardi-Gail Collins ("Strange Brew," which grew out of a Clapton arrangement for an ancient blues, "Lawdy Mama"), Martin Sharp ("Tales of Brave Ulysses," "Anyone for Tennis"), and George Harrison ("Badge," for which Harrison contributed the midsection, if I recall correctly) say anything, in spite of Clapton's assessment of himself as a "very stumbling songwriter" pre-"Presence".

And, anyway, that's a Hammond B-3, not a Farfisa or a Vox, behind which Steve Winwood performed his work . . .

 

Peter Trizna

Rating : 7/10

7 January 2005


Blind Faith was a supergroup created in a hurry and the record just sounds like that. Only six songs, among them one Buddy Holly cover which is ok but nothing more. The last track and also the longest one is mostly a showcase of Ginger Baker's drumming. Thank God they put some nice latino felling and Eric does play some great Santana type solos. See of joy has a nice dark mod, but musically it does nothing tome. Had to cry today, is however a great song, almost bluesy, based on one of the best riffs Eric has ever played. His soloing is superb. It sounds like he was in Cream days. Steve Winwood's voice which is a big problem to me on most of the record is good too. The song's too long. That's the only problem of it. As much as I love Eric's soloing, the second solo should have been edited. Can't find my way home are Eric and Steve on acoustic guitars. The song has a great almost Crosby Stills and Nash feel. But Presence of the lord is here!!! and as we know the very first song!
 Eric wrote himself completely. Knowing this, amazing how great it is. I love the way the fiery solo bursts in the quiet mood. Great. But don't buy this unless you have all Cream records, Derek and the dominos,461 Ocean Bouleward etc. and want to have also the first composition Eric wrote.

 

Jessy

Rating : 10/10

9 April 2004


I Like Steve Winwood And Eric Clapton Together In This Group, Cause I Was In A Supergroup Called Kids Indivision. Eric Clapton Started With The Yardbirds With Jimmy Page, And That's What I Really Like, But Let Me Tell You, Blind Faith Is # 1.

 

Dave

Rating : 8/10

1 March 2004


I had the good fortune to see Blind Faith at Hyde park in 69' not quite what I had expected but being a big fan of both Cream and Family it was great to hear Eric's guitar and Rick's bass and violin playing.

Pleasent tracks on the album my favorites being presence and sea of joy (for Rick's violin playing) but I thought do what you like went on a bit too long I like the bass guitar but not for solo's.

A very good album if you don't think of it as a replacement for Cream.

 

Alan O' Duffy

Rating : 10/10

27 December 2003


I had the pleasure of mixing this album! Andrew Johns had recorded most of it in Morgan studios but I recorded about half the album and mixed it all with Jimmy Miller in Studio One at Olympic....A great memory happy to have been part of history!

 

Donald Hermes

Rating : 10/10

7 February 2003


I saw Blind Faith on their one tour in San Antonio. It was 1969 and I was 14. Times then were expansive. I was in my formative years as a musician and at that age in my everyway, Ahh but we "were so much older then" (for our age). It was the sixties man do I have to spell it out. With Cream breaking hearts by breaking up, I can say this band was a pleasant surprise and they played that one album it was almost note fore note. Eric was possibly intimidated by a singer like Winwood and vice versa Winwood never played a lick on guitar not that night. That was a great encore. Dave Mason was playing lead for Delany and Bonnie who opened. The encore was both bands jamming on Crossroads and Sunshine of Your Love. And yes Eric was not even approaching burn out as he stood all night in front of his Marshall stack and played wah-wah. I don't think he sang any and "as I said" Winwood never left that Farfisa or Vox or whatever that little organ was. And I doubt they traded licks on the album as Eric was a notorious double tracker on leads. This album was no different from Cream in that respect. I do think that album was his finest hour as a guitarist a la rock and roll. The real blues for Eric was yet to come. The future Dominoes were Delany and Bonnie's rhythm section that night (Carl Radle and Jim Gordon but without the killer vocalist and keyboardist for the Dominoes: Bobby Whitlock. What a night to remember. I can't believe I can ,so much smoke in the car during the drive from Austin. Anyway "those were the days, yes they were."

 

Dave Showler

Rating : 10/10

7 February 2003


This is in my top three albums I can remember were I was when I first heard a couple of tracks on the radio, I also remember waiting for W.H. Smiths to open on the day the album came out.

This album has been part of me since '69, just one thing though, what is this about a "Deluxe" version?? It's the first I've heard of it and also is there a live album? If anyone can let me know I would appreciate it.

 

Damon

Rating : 9/10

31 December 2002


I discovered this album about 2 years when I was reading an Eric Clapton biography. I've been a big fan of Clapton for many years now and when I was first introduced to Cream's albums, they just blew my mind.

I am fortunate to have the delux edition of the album which includes a few extra songs, and four jam sessions which they band performed as rehearsals before recording the album. Quite simply I think this is a fantastic record, its got the best of everything, wonderful vocals and keyboard from Winwood, elegant guitar from Clapton and who could miss Ginger Baker hammering away on those drums as if it was the last time.

This album has a strange air of finality about it. Maybe it signalled the true death of Cream and perhaps the 60's, but it remains up there with some of the greatest records ever produced.

By the way I'm only 22 so you don't have to be stuck in the past to enjoy this mini-masterpiece.

 

Jerry Jerdine Jr

Rating : 7/10

18 October 2002


'The Presence of the Lord' is quite a refreshing song especially when you get to the Wah-Wah, excuse me, guitar solo. The bridge there is great!

I stumbled on this song searching for Gospel which lifts up the name of Jesus Christ. I was pleased to discover 'Slowhands' first recorded original was focusing on a relationship with God. We should all have a better relationship with Father God and worship in His holy and magnificent presence day and night.

 

Andreas L Behlau

Rating : 10/10

22 May 2002


This was the band to replace Cream. The public did not accept Cream was gone and this is why the band flopped. This was the start of something good. Shame it did not take off. And I am only 30 years old too. You do not have to be an old fart too appreciate this music. I have a copy of the original vinyl album.

 

Luke

Rating : 10/10

18 March 2002


Out of my whole Clapton collection. This is an album that you can't it's Eric. Eric and Steve Winwood both take leads on this album and it is hard to tell them apart at points. Musically I think this is a fantastic album. And as much as I would of loved to see and hear where Blind Faith could of went with their supergroup, I think just because they had a chance to only do one record, this becomes a treasure and a mystery in the world of classic rock. So go and find this record and unvail the mystery for your self.
NOTE: if you can find the anniversary release its even better!!!

 

Peter Nelson

Rating : 8/10

24 September 2001


think was a very important transitional record for Eric. Having just left Cream and formed this "supergroup," Eric pens his first songwriting-masterpiece ("Presence of the Lord"), and edges his guitar style closer to the fluid, Fender-fretwork that would define his 1970's output (in particular the dramatic solo on "Do What You Like" and the famous wah-wah frenzy on "Presence of the Lord"). Eric also works well with Steve Winwood on this record, the pair trading acoustic licks on "Can't Find My Way Home," and Eric riffing strongly behind Winwood's soulful wail on "Sea of Joy." As with the short-lived Derek and the Dominos, Blind Faith was a band who didn't stay together long enough to realise their incredible potential.

 

Rusty

Rating : 10/10

16 June 2001


I hadn't heard any Blind Faith until about 6 months ago, but I think Eric Clapton is the greatest guitarist alive. Presence of the Lord just blew me away!!!!!!!!!! By the way, I'm only 30 years old.

 

Dan

Rating : 4/10

21 April 2001


I only liked "Can't Find My Way Home" really. The album cover was more entertaining than most of the music.

 

Daniel

Rating : 7/10

18 November 2000


Blind Faith. Just have a look at the line up: Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker, Rich Grech and Eric Clapton.

Can the result be any other than fantastic? The answer is: Yes. There are really only two songs on this album that match the expectations: Can't Find My Way Home and Presence of The Lord. The first based on very nice acoustic guitars written by Steve Winwood, former member of Spencer Davies Group and Traffic.

The second, as far as I know the first Eric Clapton original (with lyrics) ever recorded. It's a very good slow, gospel thing with marvelous singing from Mr. Winwood. It also has the best guitar part of the album and probably one of the best in Eric's career. It also was played frequently during concerts in the seventies.

What about the rest? The albums open with the Steve Winwood composed song Had To Cry Today. It's not great but not very bad either. I really don't know what to say. Next follows Can't Find My Way Home and then a Buddy Holly cover: Well All Right. Of course this is not as good as the previous song, but yet very enjoyable. Then, the highlight of the record Presence of The Lord. Wow! Moving on to another Steve Winwood written original: Sea of Joy. I didn't think very much of this song when I heard it for the first time, but it does grow and is easily my favourite on this album. After Presence of The Lord and Can't Find My Way Home, that is. Makes me think of some late sixties soul.

The last song is written by Ginger Baker and is called Do What You Like. This is the longest track, more than 15 minutes. The reason is that all the members has one extended solo, they're doing what they like!

I have read that Baker was angry with Jack Bruce because Bruce often ignored Ginger's work during the Cream-days. Here's the reason why. Not very good!

I have always thought of Blind Faith as a new version of Cream. Eric and Ginger got rid of Jack Bruce and needed someone to do the vocals. They got Steve Winwood. They also needed a bass-player. The got Rick Grech. Of course their new bassist wasn't as good as the previous one, but the singer easily match Bruce's vocals. You should also keep in mind that Steve Winwood was supposed to have joined Cream, but was already tied up with Traffic.

This album did not stand up with the public's expectations, nor mine, and the following tour was a semi fiasco, which led to the split-up of the group. Get Disraeli Gears instead!


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