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Formed as quite possibly the very first British super group – though Cream could lay claim to that title too - Blind Faith made their famous entry into the public consciousness on June 6, 1969, at London’s Hyde Park where thousands gathered overnight to witness the arrival of a combo comprising guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker from Cream, bassist Ric Grech from the art-rock Leicester group Family and the multi-talented musician and vocalist Steve Winwood, the erstwhile Little Stevie who had starred in Birmingham’s Spencer Davis Group and then entered the hippy underground with the amazing Traffic in 1967.

Ostensibly a low-key adjunct to their other ‘day” jobs Blind Faith took on a life force of its own. After jamming at Morgan Studios in North West London with Island head honcho Chris Blackwell behind the desk the group began to hit their straps with a vengeance, but for some reason the tape op refused to press the play button and the sessions, which included guest guitarist Denny Laine from The Moody Blues, were never captured for posterity.

But time was tight and the chances of this super group just being allowed to chill out and rehearse were limited. The as yet unnamed combo were announced to play in Hyde Park and also pencilled in some Scandinavian dates. But with rock music at a zenith and everyone rushing to grab a slice of the new superstar action that The Beatles’ immense global success had kick-started for the business in general Blind Faith were pretty much obliged to adhere to the hype built up by a slavering music press and so hit the studio in earnest. They released the album Blind Faith in August 1969 with producer Jimmy Miller bringing the disparate characters into line on a six track LP that included three Winwood originals, Clapton’s divine “Presence of the Lord” (much influenced by his friendship with George Harrison) and a Ginger jam out on the lengthy “Do What You Like”. The album hit the top slots in the UK and US and has since become regarded as something of a bizarre classic given that it was made under a certain amount of duress. However, with the considerable benefit of hindsight the Blind Faith album deserves rediscovery and re-evaluation. The huge amount of talent within the ensemble guarantees surprises and the album is an important milestone in the history of British rock music during the exciting if turbulent period that ended the 1960s.

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