by John Buchanan
only Blind Faith album was released on July 21, 1969 by Atco in the U.S.
(catalogue number 33-304) and on August 16, 1969 by Polydor in the U.K.
(catalogue number 583059). There was a storm of protest over the original album
cover, so it was released with two alternative covers in the U.S.
Polydor UK album had a gatefold cover with a naked girl externally and 2
different black and white photos (from the same photo shoot as the alternative
cover) inside. The U.S. albums were not gatefolds, although Atco 33-304A
included a lyric insert, while 33-304 had the lyrics on the back cover.
this band was even more hyped than Cream, it is not now as widely known. This is
disappointing, as the album is a combination of the virtuosity of Cream with a
more spiritual feel to the words, compared to the more abstract content of Cream
lyrics. The long jam at the end of the original album (Do What You Like) has
enough of the pyrotechnics of Cream to satisfy their more ardent fans.
sound quality has varied with different releases:
MFSL UDCD 507
Polydor Deluxe 2 CD version adds bonus tracks and jams from the album sessions
none of which are really essential (the editor respectively differs on
that!). The sound quality is duller, louder and less dynamic (i.e. more
compressed due to the digital processing - an unnecessary by-product) than the
Mobile Fidelity, but the reproduction of the U.K vinyl graphics and the extra
notes are very clear and comprehensive. No lyrics are included.
Verdict: On CD, while the Mobile Fidelity is a clear winner for the best sound and the lyric sheet, the Deluxe Edition is required for the cover, extra tracks and the new notes. On vinyl, go for the Polydor gatefold edition, but watch out for copies pressed off centre watch the record play on the turntable first.
© John Buchanan & Graeme Pattingale, 2002