Throwback Thursday | Blind Faith

Well, here's to the start of another new series on This Particular. I have to give credit to MusicBeatJonny for this idea, as although we all know of Throwback Thursdays, it was on his blog where I first saw it applied in a music blogging sense.

So for my TBT, I'm going to focus on an album each week, and to make it actually a throwback, I'm giving myself the rule it has to be a decade or more since it was first released. These will either be albums I'm familiar of, or will have researched for this, so let's get into it.

Blind Faith - Blind Faith

Today I'm going to talk about Blind Faith's debut and only album - released in 1969 on Polydor Records. The album consists of a mere six tracks, but oh my days are those six tracks good. In this case, less is definitely more. Each track ranges from approximately three minutes to 15. 

I realise that this is a risky game by starting off with this album, but in my opinion, you can't really go wrong and I think if you give it a listen, you'll be pleasantly surprised. Generally, I hate describing music and putting it into well-defined boxes but alas, here I am. On a base level this album comes under 'rock', the kind of rock that fits exactly into that time period - the late sixties. But knowing Eric Clapton as the lead guitar and Ginger Baker on drums with Steve Winwood on vocals, the sound is very bluesy, but not blues as you might know it. Rock infused blues, shall we say. The guitar sounds are indulgent and every other instrumental factor fits together brilliantly. And just to dispel any preconceptions you may have, this is not a heavy sound in anyway shape or form. In fact, I'd probably listen to this whilst in the bath... if I liked having baths.

The riffs are catchy and will immediately get your head bobbing along - well mine does anyway. And what I like about Baker's drumming is that it's not just there to keep time, as percussion is with a lot of 'rock' music. The drums serve their own purpose and add another dimension to the sound, just listen to the intro of 'Had To Cry Today' to understand what I mean.

Most importantly though, I love this album because of Winwood's vocals - hot damn that man can sing. His voice is powerful but not overbearing, gravelly but not a typical 'rock' sound, and to top it off, the man clearly has soul.

I really don't want this album to intimidate anyone reading this who doesn't know it already; I know sometimes a long track or perhaps the unfamiliar can sometimes turn people off. This is the kind of album you can put on, in the background and just rock out to whilst going about your day. And sometimes, neigh, a lot of the time, it is really nice to just sit and indulge in some music and relax.

I'd love to know if anyone who hasn't heard this album before gives it a go, and what you think of it. I know it won't be up everyone's street but hey, variety is the spice of life after all, or so they say.