Blind Faith Albums Ranked Worst to Best
As the ’60s wound down, the concept of the supergroup started to take hold. Band members, tired of playing with their usual mates or maybe just itchy to try something new, began forming new ensembles with other heralded players from their generation.
It wasn’t long before any band with a recognizable name or two was called a supergroup. But in 1969, when Blind Faith debuted with their only album, they truly earned the label. Made up of Cream members Eric Clapton (guitar) and Ginger Baker (drums), Traffic‘s Steve Winwood (keyboards) and Family’s Ric Grech (bass), Blind Faith combined elements of both bands, as well as their respective members’ distinct styles, for a brief but essential chapter in rock history.
Formed in late 1968 not long after the demise of Cream and Traffic, this new group was both an exorcism of the members’ pasts as well as a sign of the future. They recorded a handful of tracks in London over four months, starting in February 1969. Six of the songs ended up on the self-titled album that was released in August 1969, with a few others (mostly sketchy, jammy tunes) surfacing on a 2001 reissue.
On July 7, a month before the record came out, Blind Faith played a free show at London’s Hyde Park, which drew more than 100,000 fans. A short tour followed. With this kind of anticipation, it was no surprise that the LP shot straight to No. 1 in both the U.S. and U.K., even though the LP’s original controversial cover art — featuring a naked young girl — was swapped in the States for something less scandalous.
Barely two months after the album’s release, Blind Faith called it quits. Clapton became frustrated with their live performances (exacerbated somewhat by the new group’s lack of material and the fact that they had to fill their sets with old Cream and Traffic numbers), eventually lost interest and joined Delaney & Bonnie and Friends as their guitarist. Baker formed Ginger Baker’s Air Force, with Winwood and Grech tagging along. Not long after, Traffic reunited, with Grech on board as their new bass player, the ashes of Blind Faith in the distance.
So even though they had only one album, we’re fairly certain that the self-titled debut would top our list of Blind Faith Albums Ranked Worst to Best.