An original 1969 Atco pressing of the only album by Blind Faith, including the withdrawn nude cover.
Offered for sale is an original U.S. pressing of the only album by Blind Faith, the self-titled Blind Faith, complete with the “withdrawn” nude cover.
Blind Faith was billed as a “supergroup,” featuring Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker of Cream, Steve Winwood of Traffic, and Rick Grech from Family. While the band only produced one album, the self-titled Blind Faith, released in 1969, the album sold well, yielded a successful tour, and remains a popular album today.
The album generated controversy upon release, due to the cover art by photographer Bob Seidemann, which featured a nude 11 year old girl holding what appeared to be an automobile hood ornament.
Most countries released the album with the intended cover art, but in the United States, Atco Records released the album with two different covers – one, catalog number 33-304A, featured the nude girl, and the second one, 33-304B, featured a photo of the band. (see image)
Stores were free to stock whichever cover they preferred, and they overwhelmingly preferred the second cover with the more modest photo of the band. Due to poor sales of that particular version, Atco deleted the nude cover, and by 1974 or so, they had deleted the album entirely.
RSO Records reissued the album in 1977 with the nude cover intact, and all subsequent reissues of the album, including the one by Mobile Fidelity, have used the nude cover.
The original pressings on Atco with the nude cover, however, are quite hard to find and the version of the album with the group photo probably outnumbers the nude cover by a ratio of 10:1.
Blind Faith’s first and last album, more than 30 years old and counting, remains one of the jewels of the Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, and Ginger Baker catalogs, despite the crash-and-burn history of the band itself, which scarcely lasted six months. As much a follow-up to Traffic’s self-titled second album as it is to Cream’s final output, it merges the soulful blues of the former with the heavy riffing and outsized song lengths of the latter for a very compelling sound unique to this band.
About this copy: This copy of Blind Faith is an original 1969 U.S. copy on Atco featuring the original nude cover that was ultimately withdrawn by the record company in favor of one with more modest artwork.
The cover is VG+, with traces of ring wear and wear at the edges and corners.
The somewhat heavy, 160 gram disc is VG++, with some scuffs from the original paper inner sleeve (included.) The record clearly has had very little play. The original lyric insert is included.
A nice copy of a terrific album and the first copy of this version that we’ve had in years.
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