Blind Faith- Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood

Two titans of rock’s last half century, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, join me In the Studio to explore the days surrounding¬† the brief¬† Blind Faith . Until recently the two friends chose not to talk much about the short-lived Blind Faith experience. Maybe it was the fact that the media hype of what Time magazine dubbed as “rock’s first supergroup” resulted in a single solitary studio album. Maybe it was the frustration with anemic concert sound which they were provided, or the riots that ensued in those turbulent times between concert goers and local police in several US cities. As Clapton admits in his best-selling autobiography, Eric was uncomfortable with his former Cream mate Ginger Baker as Blind Faith’s timekeeper.

Despite these considerable complications, the flame for the brief Blind Faith music and the obvious potential for more never extinguished in the 45+ years since its August 1969 release, as evidenced by the enormous positive response to Steve Winwood sharing the stage with Eric Clapton at the latter’s 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago that year, which eventually resulted in a popular 2008 tour. Hear their thoughts on the times and the music which resulted, including “Had to Cry Today”, “In the Presence of the Lord”, the melodic “Sea of Joy”, and the timeless classic “Can’t Find My Way Home”. –Redbeard

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