A sealed Atco copy of Blind Faith's only LP, released in 1969.
Offered for sale is a sealed copy of the only album by Blind Faith, released in 1969 on the original Atco label.
Blind Faith’s only album was a mixed bag; it has its moments, but most critics felt the album might have been better if the band had more material, rather than taking up most of the second side with the drum-solo-heavy Do What You Like.
Still, the album sold well, and the tour that followed it was a success. It seemed like the band couldn’t miss, anyway, being hailed as one of the first “supergroups”, with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker from Cream, Steve Winwood from Traffic, and Rich Grech from Family. Despite the success of the LP and the subsequent tour, the band soon called it a day and went on to other individual projects.
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.
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, which has, over time, become the more common one.
About this copy: Offered for sale is a sealed copy of the original American pressing on Atco, SD-33-304B, with the second cover, which features a photo of the group on the front and lyrics on the back. (The cover with the girl on the cover was 33-304A; that version was quickly deleted.) This version of the album was deleted in the mid-1970s, and reissued later in the decade on the RSO label with a different cover.
The shrinkwrap is tight with no tears or rips, and the cover has no holes, cuts or saw marks.
A beautiful sealed copy of an important album that’s hard to find as a clean original.
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