[108] Blind Faith – Blind Faith

1 May

A voice I like.  A guitar sound I love.  An album I’ve never heard before.  Seems like the very definition of why I’m spending so much time exploring the nooks and crannies of a century of musical creation.

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This album is probably the best example of jam band rock  that I have encountered,  full of repeated guitar riffs and rambling vocals, expanded and expounded upon beyond the apocryphal “3.05” of Top 40 material.  It is not immediately hook-filled, doesn’t grab insistently from the first note, but instead insinuates steadily until the listener finds himself humming guitar melodies and wailing along with almost wordless refrains.

This is gentler than the sound Led Zeppelin was pioneering, tighter than the messy magnificence of the Dead, far more musically accomplished than the albums that The Allman Brothers would release.

Every solo is polished and precise, owing as much to Jazz as to the Blues Rock tradition the band members were already such a part of.  And at twenty-years-old Winwood was fearless, seemingly performing for himself alone, in a bubble of indifference, ignorant of the multitudes that would hear his hope and his pain.

We will hear from Clapton again before this project is through.  With this first look, his talent and imagination are on full display, recognizably unpredictable, impossible not to focus on whether he is soloing or intertwining with Winwood’s vocals.

Of course I find myself falling in love with this album.

I  wonder where it was when I was a teen, and imagine nights sat with friends trying to rank it among other favorites of those days, comparing these offerings with the Jimi Hendrix, Brian May, Jimmy Paige solos that we knew and loved so well.

If it sounds old-fashioned today, it probably would have done so in the 80s as well – I am sure this is a part of the appeal.  It does not have a lot of songs that I am able to sing along with, but I do find myself with lyric snippets, melodic earworms stuck on repeat in my head (as many of them are on the recording itself.)

I find myself glad that there is only this one album made by Blind Faith.

I do not wonder what else they might have recorded – instead I worry that it would have been a lot more of the unnecessary same.

These six songs – running time under 45 minutes – are just right.  Enough of an exploration, an aside by these talented artists, to satisfy without out-staying their welcome.

These performers know very well to leave ’em wanting more . . .

Next Week:  Blondie – Parallel Lines

Owned before blogging? No. (10 of 108 = 9%)
Heard before blogging? No. (16 of 108 = 15%)
Recommend? Yes. (89 of 108 = 82%)

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