1969 saw the formation of one of rocks most underrated and under-appreciated supergroups in the form of Blind Faith. Formed by Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood initially, bassist Ric Grech and drummer Ginger Baker would join a little later and the outcome of this musical melding of minds was their self titled album, Blind Faith, released in August 1969.
It’s the 6th December 1970 and Derek and the Dominos bring their US tour to a close at the Suffolk Community College in Selden, New York. It would be another 8 months before Eric Clapton would take to the stage again for George Harrison’s Concert For Bangladesh event at Madison Square Garden in New York and in that time the Dominos would come falling down, signalling the end of Clapton’s first musical chapter. It would be another year and a half after the Concert For Bangladesh until he played live again, brought out of a drug fuelled isolation by Pete Townshend of The Who. The result, two comeback concerts on the 13th January 1973 at the Rainbow Theatre in London, England.
Sadly, not many Blind Faith bootlegs exist (there are nine in total) and those that do don’t have the best sound quality. Thankfully this one recorded at the Earl Warren Showground in Santa Barbara, California on the 16th August 1969 is pretty good. Sourced directly from the original master reels, it could actually make a good live album if anyone official decided to remaster it properly. The band sound great on these tracks and much tighter than their debut performance in Hyde Park, London, over two months earlier. By then the band had played a brief Scandinavian tour before making their way to North America. This show was their sixth to last as a band.