Blind Faith – Blind Faith (1969)

Artist Credit
Jerry Allison Composer
Ginger Baker Composer, Drums, Percussion
Chris Blackwell Arranger
Blind Faith Primary Artist
George Chkiantz Engineer
Eric Clapton Composer, Guitar, Vocals
Margaret Goldfarb Production Coordination
Rick Grech Bass, Violin, Vocals
Suha Gur Remastering
Keith Harwood Engineer
Buddy Holly Composer
Andy Johns Engineer, Mixing
Bill Levenson Producer, Reissue Supervisor
Joe Mauldin Composer
Jimmy Miller Mixing, Producer
Stanley Miller Cover Art, Cover Design
Alan O’Duffy Engineer
Norman Petty Composer
Bob Seidemann Cover Design, Cover Photo, Photography
Robert Stigwood Arranger
Vartan Art Direction
Steve Winwood Bass, Composer, Guitar, Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Vocals

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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