Offered for sale is a rare original Japanese pressing of the only album by Blind Faith, the self-titled Blind Faith, complete with the original obi.
Unlike later reissues, this pressing had a gatefold cover and an insert that duplicated the artwork from the American cover.
About this copy: Blind Faith has been issued numerous times in Japan, with each pressing having a different obi and catalog number.
This copy is the original 1969 issue, pressed by Nippon Grammophon, and including the complete original obi.
The cover is VG+, with slight edge and corner wear and some foxing inside the gatefold cover.
The obi is VG++, with a bit of foxing, but no tears. The “hojyuhyo,” or reorder tag, is still attached.
The insert is M-.
The disc is VG+, with a few minor scuffs that are visible under strong light and a number of spindle marks on the labels. The record has been played a lot but has been well cared for.
A nice copy of a terrific album and the only complete original Japanese pressing we’ve ever seen.
Background: 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.
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.
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|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Year of Release:||1969|