We’ll admit it right off the bat. We have a soft spot for Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home.” In fact, a live performance of the song has previously been the subject of Best Classic Bands‘ Classic Video. That was when Steve Winwood joined Eric Clapton at Slowhand’s 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival in Illinois and you can view it here.
The classic rock icons originally recorded the Winwood-penned song in 1969 as bandmates in the supergroup Blind Faith, which rose out of their previous bands, Traffic and Cream, respectively. (They were joined by former Cream drummer Ginger Baker as well as bass player Ric Grech.)
This performance was from the band’s live debut on June 7, 1969. Rather than choosing a safe, controlled environment at a mid-sized venue – hey, this was 1969… who played it safe? – the band opted for a free, “intimate” gathering estimated at 100,000 in London’s Hyde Park. Clapton is said to have been disappointed with the band’s performance, feeling they hadn’t rehearsed enough. Our Classic Video…
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Here’s something to ponder in amazement: Winwood is just 21 years-old, Clapton is 24, Grech is 22 and Baker, the old man at 29.
The concert sure whetted fans’ appetites. The band’s self-titled debut was released later that summer and would hit #1 in the U.K., United States and other markets. (Blind Faith even reached #40 on the U.S. Soul Albums chart.)
Blind Faith disbanded after just the one album. In its aftermath, Clapton toured with Delaney and Bonnie, and John Lennon, among others. Baker formed another supergroup, Ginger Baker’s Air Force, with Grech, Winwood, Denny Laine, Chris Wood and Alan White, among others. Shortly thereafter, Grech and Wood joined Winwood in the re-formed Traffic. Got it?