Two of the best tracks from Blind Faith, released in conjunction with the RSO reissue of the supergroup’s classic album in 1977.
Kronomyth 1.7: A LONG WAY FROM HOME. When Eric Clapton moved to RSO in the mid 70s, the label acquired the rights to his back catalog and began re-issuing his earlier albums including the work of Cream, Blind Faith and Derek and the Dominos. The 1977 reissue of Blind Faith was supported with a “new” single that paired “Can’t Find My Way Home” with the earlier A side, “Presence of the Lord.” Both songs are identical to the elpee versions, so there’s nothing new here, and I don’t recall either track getting a lot of radio traction in 1977. (That said, I don’t recall a lot of things.) While the quality of both songs is unquestionable, their heritage is, in fact, very questionable. I’ve always heard “Can’t Find My Way Home” as a lost Traffic track, while Clapton’s “Presence of the Lord” lines up neatly with Derek and the Dominos. Blind Faith (the band) always seemed a tenuous alliance to me, or maybe the operative word is “dalliance.” (Yes, putting it in quotes just makes it worse.) In 1977, the group’s mystique now faded, there was little to do but look back at the fortuitous circumstances that brought them together and enjoy their musical offspring.
Original 7-inch single version
A1. Can’t Find My Way Home (Steve Winwood) (3:17)
B1. Presence of the Lord (Eric Clapton) (4:50)
Released on 7-inch single in May 1977 in the US (RSO, RS 873). Also released as promotional 7-inch single in 1977 in the US (RSO, RS 873) feat. A stereo and mono versions.
- Re-issued on 7-inch single in 1989 in the US (Polydor Timepieces, 871 798-7).
- Re-issued on 7-inch single in 1992 in the US (Collectables, COL 4266).