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Blind Faith
Compensation For Betrayal Disc 1 [Paddington PADD 19]
Live at Konserthallen, Liseberg Nojespark, Goteborg, Sweden, June 18, 1969.

When Paddington released their six-disc anthology of well-known Blind Faith performances at the end of 2006, we were curious about the set's title, Compensation For Betrayal. We do not own an original copy and have not seen the artwork. So we can only speculate.

Just who was betrayed? Mojo magazine in a 1996 article suggests that it was the idea of the band, at the time a "supergroup" composed of two parts Cream, one part Traffic and Rick Grech of Family. Blind Faith, a name invented by Clapton, was supposed to be the precursor of the superstar bands which less than a decade later would reap tens of millions for their management and labels. Corporate rock was just an idea at this point.

But an unwieldly arrangement had Winwood managed by Chris Blackwell, while Clapton's manager was Robert Stigwood. Two heads were in this case not better but a source of conflict. Management wanted their new band to start playing and the label wanted a record. According to Winwood, there was no time for the four to gel first, rehearse together and write songs.

"Who would let a million-dollar-a-week potential in a band sit around and rehearse?" he asked.

The famous debut at Hyde Park proved their undoing. Nervous and without much chemistry, Blind Faith crumbled in front of 100,000 fans. At the end of the gig, you could hear fans calling for Cream. But Robert Stigwood was oblivious to this.

"They are going to make a lot of money in appearance and on records, and this concert was the best possible beginning. I am going to make a great deal of money out of it from the film and television rights all over the world," said Stigwood. The Hyde Park concert was finally released on DVD in 2006.

Stigwood committed the band to a brief European tour and a major US tour opening at Madison Square Garden. Of the European tour, the Gotoberg concert was recorded. Judging from quite a number of audience recordings of the US tour, there was much anticipation. But as Winwood has noted, Blind Faith were unrehearsed, had only one album of songs to play and needed Cream and Traffic tunes to fill up the set. Clapton has admitted as soon as the tour started, he was already thinking of how to leave the band.

Inside America, Blind Faith faced a dead end, playing Cream songs to please the fans. In effect, Blind Faith had betrayed themselves. The tour was a financial success but Blind Faith failed to win an audience for themselves.

The Blind Faith album cover was another betrayal of the idea of artistic freedom. The naked young girl with the silver winged jet was too much for America and orders were quickly cancelled. A quick reprint had the back cover of the band on the front, the naked girl banished from sight. Within a week of the change, the album was a gold record.

When the tour ended, so did the band. Blind Faith's short lifespan has never been properly archived by their record label. So Paddington's work is welcomed bringing together very good audience recordings, a compensation for betrayal.

The only quality soundboard in the set is on Disc One - the show in Sweden, just 11 days after Blind Faith's debut at Hyde Park as guests for the Rolling Stones. The entire Blind Faith album was played in Goteberg plus some other songs. Now you can have a taste of Blind Faith live.

Nice quality for its time.
- The Little Chicken

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality, stereo MP3s - sample rate of 192 kibit/s). As far as we can ascertain, this recording has never been officially released.

These tracks are no longer available for download. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you want to download these tracks at a later time.

 
Track 01 Well All Right [Buddy Holly] * (8.4MB)
Track 02 Sleeping In the Ground [Sam Myers] (7.0MB)
Track 03 Sea of Joy * (12.4MB)
Track 04 Under My Thumb [Jagger, Richards] (10.1MB)
Track 05 Can't Find My Way Home * (12.0MB)
Track 06

Do What You Like * (26.7MB)
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Track 07 Presence of the Lord * (8.9MB)
Track 08 Means to An End [Traffic] (7.9MB)
Track 09 Had to Cry Today * (10.9MB)

* the entire Blind Faith album



At the end of 2007, Japan released a 200gm vinyl edition of the Blind Faith album in a limited edition. You can buy it here.




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