SD 33-304B Blind Faith
Produced by Jimmy Miller
Released on July 1969
UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #1 . . . PLATINUM RECORD
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SD 33-304B cover

K ronomyth 1.0: BLAND FAITH. This is a several-month snapshot of time during which Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood intersected, engaged Ginger Baker, coerced Rick Grech to leave his Family, and recorded an album that sounded like a mix of Traffic and Cream with one caveat: if these songs had been recorded by Cream or Traffic (in its Barleycorn incarnation), they would have sounded better. I like this album but have always felt it was an overrated asterisk. The opening “Had To Cry Today” lays it on the line; Winwood wrote it, but Jack Bruce should be singing it. Conversely, “Can’t Find My Way Home” would have worked better on Barleycorn with Chris Wood (though Baker does an admirable job of playing the drums on a song that doesn’t require them). The main pleasure I get from this record is hearing Clapton and Baker play together again. Of course, Clapton fans will find more to get excited about in Derek & The Dominoes, in all ways the superior session. Blind Faith has been reissued about a billion times, usually with the controversial model cover, honored with a Mobile Fidelity remaster, expanded with a couple of post-session recordings (“Exchange and Mart,” “Spending All My Days”) and given a double-disc Deluxe Edition treatment that includes an electric version of “Can’t Find My Way Home,” two versions of Sam Myers’ “Sleeping in the Ground” and a bunch of instrumental jams (most of them recorded before Grech joined) that aren’t likely to increase your faith one iota. Given the dearth of classic Cream and Traffic recordings, you’ll probably pony up for this some day (if you haven’t already). I’d leave the deluxe to the deluded and settle on one of the single-disc remasters.

549 531-2 cover
549 531-2 cover
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TRACK LISTING

  1. HAD TO CRY TODAY    (Steve Winwood)    8:49
  2. CAN'T FIND MY WAY HOME    (Steve Winwood)    3:17
  3. WELL ALL RIGHT    (Norman Petty/Buddy Holly/Jerry Allison/Joe 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 #1 bonus tracks
  7. EXCHANGE AND MART
  8. SPENDING ALL MY DAYS

    CD reissue #2 bonus tracks
  9. SLEEPING IN THE GROUND
  10. CAN'T FIND MY WAY HOME (ELECTRIC VERSION)

    2-CD Deluxe Edition reissue
  11. SLEEPING IN THE GROUND    (Sam Myers)    2:49
  12. CAN'T FIND MY WAY HOME (ELECTRIC VERSION)    (Steve Winwood)    5:40
  13. ACOUSTIC JAM    (Steve Winwood/Eric Clapton/Rick Grech/Ginger Baker)    15:50
  14. TIME WINDS    (Steve Winwood)    3:15
  15. SLEEPING IN THE GROUND (SLOW BLUES VERSION)    (Sam Myers)    4:44

    Deluxe Edition: Disc Two
  16. JAM NO. 1: "VERY LONG & GOOD JAM"    (Eric Clapton/Steve Winwood/Ginger Baker)    14:01
  17. JAM NO. 2: "SLOW JAM #1"    (Eric Clapton/Steve Winwood/Ginger Baker)    15:06
  18. JAM NO. 3: "CHANGE OF ADDRESS JAM"    (Eric Clapton/Steve Winwood/Ginger Baker)    12:06
  19. JAM NO. 4: "SLOW JAM #2"    (Eric Clapton/Steve Winwood/Ginger Baker)    16:06

CREDITS

GINGER BAKER -- drums, percussion
ERIC CLAPTON -- guitar
RICK GRECH -- bass, violin
STEVE WINWOOD -- organ, piano, guitar, bass, lead vocals, bass pedals (B1-B4)
Guy Warner -- percussion (B1-B4)
George Chkiantz -- engineer
Keith Harwood -- engineer
Jimmy Miller -- mixing
Andy Johns -- engineer, mix engineer
Alan O'Duffy -- engineer
Bob Seiderman -- cover photo (33-304B)
Stanley Miller -- cover art (33-304B)
Mick Milligan -- spaceship

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US July 1969 Atco LP SD 33-304A lyric insert
US 1969 Atco LP SD 33-304B different cover
UK/GER 1969 Polydor LP 583 059 gatefold cover
AUSL 1969 Polydor LP 583 059 lyric insert
GER 1969 Polydor LP 92208 repackaged as THAT'S BLIND FAITH
wo. track 2
JPN 1969 Polydor LP MP-1456 gatefold cover
JPN 1975 R.S.O. LP MW-2131  
FRA   Polydor LP 658170 304B cover
UK   Polydor LP SPELP-14  
US November 1977 R.S.O. LP/CS RS-1-3016  
JPN 1979 R.S.O. LP MWX-4006  
JPN 1980 R.S.O. LP MWA-7002  
UK   R.S.O. LP 2394 142 gatefold cover
GER   Karussell LP 2499.019 unique cover
GER   Polydor LP 184302 unique cover
JPN   Polydor LP MP-2283  
MEX   Polydor LP 220122  
US 1984 Mobile Fidelity LP MFSL-1-186 original master recording
US   Mobile Fidelity CD UDCD-507 original master recording
WW September 25, 1995 Polydor CD 825 094  
JPN   Polydor CD POCP-9092  
JPN 1998 Polydor CD UICY-9168 digital remaster
UK 1999 Simply Vinyl LP SVLP-104 limited edition
US 2001 Polydor 2CD 549 531-2 Deluxe Edition remaster w. bonus tracks
EEC 2001 Polydor 2CD 549 529-2 Deluxe Edition remaster w. bonus tracks
JPN 2005 Universal CD UICY-95031 digital remaster
JPN 2007 Universal LP UIJY-9025 gatefold cover, 200g vinyl
FRA 2008 Universal LP 1775316 180g vinyl
JPN 2008 Universal CDX UICY-90752 digital remaster w. bonus tracks (#2)
JPN 2008 Universal CD UICY-93704 SHMCD remaster
JPN 2009 Universal CDX UICY-91396 SHMCD remaster w. bonus tracks (#1)

 

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