2020 Album Draft- Round 3- Pick 1- Cincinnati Babyhead selects- Blind Faith- Blind Faith.
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I’m limited to 10 picks so this is a combo of a couple bands that I could easily take to the island. I was and still am a big fan of Cream/Traffic and the 3rd band involved, Family. I had already been listening to the first two bands I mentioned so when this collaboration happened’ I was all ears. I was not disappointed. Cream’s hard jam blues rock with Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton bringing their jams. Stevie Winwood brought his Traffic vibe. Then you throw in an unknown (To CB) Rick Grech from Family and you have Blind Faith.
The music is a collaboration of all four and they make some fantastic music. Winwood’s vocals have always been one of my favorites and he shines on this record. He writes 3 of the 6 songs and they are some of his best. He also adds his keyboards which are pretty tasty too. Clapton has some great moments and pens ‘Presence Of the Lord’ which is another great track. He rips a pretty good solo about halfway through. I love his playing. Winwood handles the vocals on the tune.
The other two tunes are a great cover of a Buddy Holly song and a Ginger Baker composition ‘Do What you Like’. It is a bluesy/jazz number with a great riff right from the start. It gives the boys a chance to jam out (which they like to do) and especially Ginger who never turned down an opportunity to take a solo. Songs like this got me into the long jam thing. Winwood does some great keyboard work, Eric throws in some of his usual great licks. Grech just lays down the bass and has a nice solo. Then Baker goes off into what he does best. He pretty well pounds the you know what out of the skins.CB loves a good drum solo especially by one of the best and that comes right from GB himself. Under this we have some repeated ‘Do what you likes”. The band joins in to finish it. It all works for me. I love Jams especially in good hands.
Oh yeah before I go I have to mention ‘Sea Of Joy’. It is just a knock out song for me. I already mentioned it as one of Winwood’s best. He puts some passion into his vocals on this one. The band cooks. The thing that got me was the violin playing of Grech. First time i heard that in the music I was listening to. It absolutely soothes the savage beast in me. One of my all time favorite solos. I went on a search for where Rick came from musically and found out it was a band called Family (A whole load of more great music). Winwood comes in after Grech’s solo and he sounds inspired. Goose bumps for me. Another record I listened to off my brother’s record pile.
There you have it folks. A CB favorite album. I get to take a taste of 3 great bands that came together to make some pretty good music. Just wish I could have snuck Jack Bruce into the session.
(Winwood and Clapton did a live gig at Madison Square Gardens a few years ago. It’s really good if you get a chance)
(Funny how our little adventure works. On Max’s Who pick I mentioned the violin solo on that. Then on Mike’s Gram Parson’s pick I mentioned how Rick Grech brought me to his music. All ties into this Blind Faith choice)