Song of the Day #14: Blind Faith: “Can’t Find My Way Home”

10 Jun
Another Then and Now: Clapton and Winwood (with band) Then

Another Then and Now: Clapton and Winwood (with band) Then

Later on today (8 pm est) Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood will embark on a 14 date U.S. tour beginning with their debut show in the Izod Center in New Jersey. I shall be attending this show at 8 pm tonight with family and friends and we are psyched. Excuse my slang but I am quite excited to see two of rock and roll’s best musicians at their finest. I have seen Clapton two times before but the addition of Winwood can only make the concert better. In honor of this tour today shall be focused on, you guessed it, Clapton and Winwood, and after the concert a review of the concert will find its way on the site quickly (after I regain my composure after the show)

Where better to start than with the beginning. In 1965 and 1966 producer Joe Boyd wanted to celebrate the opening of the London office for Elektra records with some noticeable British talent. Paul Jones, Manfred Mann’s singer, suggested putting together an all-star line-up and so the first purposeful supergroup was formed. A supergroup that consisted of members of the Spencer Davis Group (consisting of one Steve Winwood and Pete York), Manfred Mann (Paul Jones and Jack Bruce) and Mr. Eric Clapton. Long story short, they recorded a few amazing blues hits under the great name of Powerhouse and then left to do their own material destined to meet and play again. Okay that was corny but it is true. For this is where Clapton met Jack Bruce and with Ginger Baker they formed the famous supergroup Cream. Winwood went back to the Spencer Davis Group for another year and kept in contact with Clapton who came calling soon.

Now the rest may get a little confusing but music history is quite interesting. Plus connections are fun and there are a lot of them here. Here we shall learn of the connection of Clapton and Winwood 40 years ago and their forming of their own supergroup Blind Faith. First let us start with Clapton. Cream made a lot of money, a true powerhouse (ha ha). Yet, come 1968 Eric Clapton had virtually become band mediator as Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce constantly argued with each other. Also, Clapton did not enjoy the contrived blues that he had been forced to play and wished to expand his music horizons (same reason why he left The Yardbirds). Steve Winwood was running into similar problems over in the Spencer Davis Group where he longed to experiment with the music they were playing. After his request to diversify music was denied by his band mates he decided to leave and form Traffic. Traffic temporarily split in 1969 and Winwood started to jam with Clapton in Clapton’s basement in Surrey, England, eventually deciding to form Blind Faith.

Here is where it gets a little confusing. They needed a drummer and Ginger Baker was available after the break-up of Cream. He sat in for a few sessions and Steve Winwood wanted to make him a final member. Clapton questioned the move because he just broke up with Cream a few weeks prior. A resounding Awkward! Winwood convinced Clapton because Baker is pretty proficient at the drums and Baker became the drummer. Now they just needed a bassist. Now it gets more complicated. Both Winwood and Clapton wanted Rick Grech who they had both jammed with before. One problem. Grech, and his band Family, was set to embark on a U.S. tour with Ten Years After. He agreed to perform with Family until they could find a suitable bassist to replace him but he became unreliable. At the first show in the Fillmore East he was so disoriented he could barely play. Let us just say he quickly found his way into the Blind Faith line-up and finally Blind Faith was born.

Cool shot of Blind Faith at Hyde Park

Cool shot of Blind Faith at Hyde Park

Now that we know a long winded history let us get to some material. Here comes the song of the day and my Blind Faith favorite, “Can’t Find My Way Home.” It may be the pleasant acoustic guitar, Winwood’s beautiful falsetto, the lyrics, “And I am wasted and I can’t find my way home.” Something about the three minute sixteen second song is just so enticing and inviting and I am looking forward to hearing it, among other classics, tonight. Please keep the history alive and continue listening to these amazing blues hits. Blind Faith may have only been around for one album but  because of the music genius provided on the album they sure made quite an impact.

Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood Now

Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood Now

4 Responses to “Song of the Day #14: Blind Faith: “Can’t Find My Way Home””

  1. Baz Trump June 10, 2009 at 12:58 pm #

    Great. I was at Hyde Park and MSG in January last year. DVD is superb. Different setlist this time I think with two female backing singers. I will be at the Oakland gig. Enjoy and please forward me your review in case this google thang does not pop you up!!
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    Again Enjoy!! I am si jealous you will hear it first

  2. Matt Coleman June 10, 2009 at 3:10 pm #

    Thanks very much for checking out the post. That is incredible that you saw both the Hyde Park and MSG concert.

    The set list will definitely be interesting and you just know with Stevie and Eric that they will make it classic with one or two pleasent surprises. Whatever it may be I cannot wait to hear some Blind Faith classics performed by two of the very best.

    I shall definitely let you know when the review is up. Will be up tomorrow for sure. Oakland gig should be great, I’ll let you know the atmosphere from here in New Jersey

  3. Baz Trump June 10, 2009 at 3:14 pm #

    Hi Matt,
    Feel free to send your email and I can send some bootlegs of the MSG gigs. And loads of Winwood live since 2003.

  4. Matt Coleman June 10, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    That sounds amazing, my e-mail is musiccourt@gmail.com you can just send them over there and I will make sure to send you the review to your e-mail and post it here.

    Thanks a ton

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