THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: BLIND FAITH - STUDIO OUTTAKES

March 14, 2011 – 3:35 am

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BLIND FAITH
We’ll All Right [Capricorn, 1CD]

Sessions at Morgan Studios, London, February 1969 (some lists this as March 1969); live at Hyde Park, June 7, 1969. Very good soundboard.

This disc, on the Capricorn label combines live Hyde Park recordings with Morgan Studios outtakes, albeit different outtakes than those heard on the two-CD set, “The Morgan Rehearsals”. I suspect that “Untitled Blues #2″ isn’t Blind Faith at all, but rather an Immediate Records Eric Clapton/Jimmy Page track. - Philip Cohen

This Blind Faith site offers some interesting background:

During the winter months of 1969, Ginger, Eric, and Stevie were working out some musical ideas, which included some informal jamming at Eric’s home in County Surrey (Hurtwood Edge). By March of that year, the boys were ready to do some formal studio rehearsals and recording, and congregated at the Morgan Studios in central London.

As we all know, the Morgan Rehearsal recordings are glimpses into the embryonic stages of Blind Faith’s style of progressive rock music. To date, we have not found any authoritative written documentation or photographs of the boys rehearsing at the Morgan Studios. Of course, there are many photos of what appears to be informal jamming and rehearsing, mostly during May 1969. By then, Ric Grech had joined to make it a foursome.

Some write-ups suggest that these gatherings occurred at Clapton’s home, and in at least one other author’s opinion, it is speculated that these later jams/rehearsals happened at a local village hall in Guildford, England… During March and April of 1969, a variety of jamming sessions led to refining the tunes that came into being the Blind Faith album.

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Well All Right (take 1) (11.2MB)
Track 02. Untitled #1 (8.0MB)
03. Sleeping In the Ground - Omitted*
Track 04. Untitled #2 (13.7MB)
Track 05. Well All Right (takes 8 and 9) (5.6MB)
Track 06. Untitled Blues #1 (14.1MB)
Track 07. Sea of Joy (9.3MB)
Track 08. Untitled #1 (version 2 and 3) (10.0MB)
Track 09. Well All Right (take 14) (6.5MB)
10. Under My Thumb - Omitted*
Track 11. Key to the Highway (10.1MB)
Track 12. Untitled Blues #2 (4.8MB)
Track 13. Well All Right (9.3MB)

*Tracks 3, 7, 10, 13, recorded at Hyde Park, June 7, 1969. Tracks 3 and 10 are available on Steve Winwood’s four-CD retrospective, The Finer Things.

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  1. 15 Responses to “THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: BLIND FAITH - STUDIO OUTTAKES”

  2. you are correct about untitled blues #2..it has been available for a number of years on various Immediate blues comp lps.

    By sluggo on Mar 14, 2011

  3. Thanks for the Blind Faith, Phil & BigO. I only had the original LP all these years.

    By Aking on Mar 14, 2011

  4. Aking, I had the LP too. But also had the DVD of the Hyde Park fiasco. Ugh! Winwood was so entirely off-key. It was so bad, my quest for nostalgia turned into a case of nausea! I gave the DVD away immediately afterwards. Couldn’t even bear to see the cover. But I got the concert Blind Faith did later in Sweden. Now that was better! When I found out later the rushed circumstances of the Hyde Park concert, I felt a little better about it - but only a little.

    By 2yrsnojob on Mar 14, 2011

  5. Wow, Philip - this was one of my first bootlegs back in the early 90’s - I think a friend of mine acquired it in Los Angeles somewhere. Since this is my favorite Clapton period (Derek And The Dominos, etc), having alternate takes and unreleased tracks was such a treat. The versions of WELL ALL RIGHT in particular I love. Such a coincidence that just this morning I was thinking of listening to it again, and it shows up on BIG O! So thanks to you a lot of other people will get to enjoy it - going to go listen to it now!

    By Daniel Kershner on Mar 14, 2011

  6. I can’t near Jimmy Page on that at all.Bass maybe?Certainly not 69 Jimmy on guitar.Yardbirds?Please elaborate.

    By TZ on Mar 14, 2011

  7. ….and in 69….Page WAS God…!!!

    By TZ on Mar 14, 2011

  8. Maybe someone has commented already, but Untitled Blues #2 is actually Freight Loader from the Guitar Boogie LP. Someone has slowed it down one-half step. It was originally in C, not B.

    That’s Jimmy Page on “the bass guitar”, which is actually a 6 string guitar with the treble rolled off. The other Clapton/Page songs from that LP worth hearing are Snake Drive, West Coast Idea, Tribute To Elmore and Choker.

    My guess is that the above tracks were recorded after Clapton leftJohn Mayall, and prior to joining Cream.

    Regarding Blind Faith, there’s another boot that has quite a few more early tracks of Blind Faith jamming on a Dylan tune, and other ideas.

    By John on Mar 14, 2011

  9. Do these sound slow to anyone else?

    By Timmy on Mar 14, 2011

  10. To TZ,

    The Eric Clapton/Jimmy Page duets(with Page on Rhythm guitar) were home recordings made in 1965. After John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers left the Immediate label and signed with British Decca, Immediate became aware of the home recordings and insisted that, as they were made while Eric Clapton was under contract to Immediate(as part of The Bluesbreakers), that Page must give those home recordings to Immediate. Page complied, and later produced bass,drums & harmonica overdubs for some of the duets. Page wasn’t going to defy Immediate’s demands, because Page was frequently employed by Immediate as a producer, session guitarist and(occasionally) songwriter.

    By Philip Cohen on Mar 14, 2011

  11. Thanks Phillip. You can tell by Clapton’s tone and style that it’s just prior to Cream, and after John Mayall.

    I just read a quote where Clapton basically said “I’m glad this stuff came out. It wasn’t made to be released, but I’m pleased with how it sounds.

    All of those tracks Clapton/Page are essential for Clapton fans.

    By John on Mar 15, 2011

  12. thanks, PC and bigo, for this treat!

    I-)

    By I-) on Mar 15, 2011

  13. FYI: The Sweden concert I mentioned came from BigO. It is:
    Blind Faith Sweden June 18 1969
    Compensation For Betrayal Disc 1 [Paddington PADD 19]
    Live at Konserthallen, Liseberg Nojespark, Goteborg, Sweden, June 18, 1969
    The notes from the little chicken mention that it is the only worthwhile CD of the set.

    By 2yrsnojob on Mar 15, 2011

  14. interresting stuff. But most of it I heard before. Thanks to producer Jimmy Miller this rather unfocused jams resulted in one of the best albums of the late sixties.
    The here mentioned recording of the Goteborg gig is highly recommended!

    By tony lauber on Mar 15, 2011

  15. there are 3 songs that can be found on a rare 2 lp set called the history of eric clapton and as far as i know no where else (altho i havent checked crossroads box set1 - one of the songs may have appeared there - i have forgotten after all these years. these 3 songs included the song crossroads before cream even did it and winwood is on vocals for these songs. the band is called powerhouse. its 4 yrs before blind faith and a year before cream formed. im not suggesting that any of the songs on this set here are those songs but i thought that some of the fans of blind faith / clapton / winwood etc. might be interested in knowing this info and perhaps go looking for these tracks. the 2 lp set isnt impossible to find. i have seen it listed on cdnow.com (amazon) i have had my copy on vinyl since it was first released many years ago. i love collecting the obscure ec related tracks. im still looking for one of the bonus tracks to his last cd. there were 4 and i have 3 of them.

    By darth on Mar 27, 2011

  16. ..the ‘crossroads’ track by Clapton & Powerhouse, along with 2 other tracks: ‘i want to know’ & ’stepping out’, all originally appeared on a great 1966 Elektra sampler LP called ‘What’s Shakin’, which also featured The Lovin’ Spoonful, Tom Rush, and some killer Paul Butterfield Blues Band cuts w/Mike Bloomfield!..not too tuff to track down, well worth the search..cheers from the south..

    By jazzhorn on Apr 1, 2011

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