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Blind Faith - London Hyde Park 1969 (2006)

Ginger Baker , Eric Clapton  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton, Rick Grech, Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sanctuary Records
  • DVD Release Date: September 19, 2006
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FC2EXY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,026 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Blind Faith - London Hyde Park 1969" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Bonus vintage promo videos
  • Photo gallery
  • Discographies of each band member pre-1969

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It was big news when guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker from the recently-disbanded Cream joined forces with keyboardist-singer Steve Winwood, whose history with Traffic and the Spencer Davis Group had made him one of Britain's most admired young musicians (bass player Rick Grech came from the more obscure Brit group Family), and the buzz must have been palpable when they took the stage before hundreds of thousands of fans on a June afternoon in 1969. They were known as rock's first supergroup, but there's nothing all that super about Blind Faith - London Hyde Park 1969, a record of the quartet's debut performance. In fairness, the group hadn't been together very long, and their one and only album hadn't been released yet; perhaps they were also taken aback by the size of the crowd and the hype that already engulfed them. Still, their 40-minute set (the DVD is padded with a ten-minute introduction) is surprisingly listless, not to mention out of tune. Having cemented his god-like status by way of Cream's endless bravura jamming, Clapton was clearly looking for something mellower and more song-oriented, but despite a few stellar moments, here he appears dour and uninterested. Winwood, meanwhile, seems to be searching for notes a step or two above his range, with the result that he fairly shrieks his way through all six tunes from the Blind Faith album (along with a pointless cover of the Rolling Stones' "Under My Thumb" and two others); it's Baker who provides the fire, especially on "Presence of the Lord" and the drum showcase "Do What You Like." The audio and video are surprisingly crisp and clear, which helps make up for the fact that the camera was apparently hand-held by a drunk who couldn't figure out what he wanted to shoot. It's cool to see these guys in action, but overall, interest in this document will primarily be due to the fact that it exists at all. --Sam Graham

Product Description

Blind Faith's debut gig was in front of a cool 100,000 people on a warm day in Hyde Park. Since 7th June, 1969 when this concert took place, it has never been seen in its entirety. This is a unique opportunity to see the world's first Supergroup perform for the very first time. The audience gathered in London's central Hyde Park, were filled with anticipation awaiting Blind Faith's debut. The newly formed collective of four virtuoso musicians who individually were already rock royalty, were the talk of the town and expectations both within the band and out amongst the counter-culture generation crowd, were high. Fusing the psychedelic blues of Eric Clapton and the soulful vocals and keyboards of Steve Winwood, with Rick Grech on bass and the phenomenal Ginger Baker on drums, they didn't disappoint. The set may have lasted just over 40 minutes long, but fans were treated to a selection of timeless tracks including 'Presence Of The Lord', 'Sleeping In The Ground' and The Stones classic 'Under My Thumb'. The DVD also boasts archive footage of the various members of Blind Faith performing within their earlier musical guises. Clips of the Spencer Davies Group performing 'I'm A Man', Traffic's 'Hole In My Shoe', Family performing 'Dim' and Cream with 'Sunshine of Your Love', act as a gentle introduction to the main concert event.

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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An absolute must for Blind Faith fans July 24, 2006
Format:DVD
If it is true that Sanctuary is not releasing this DVD in the United States due to contractual problems, that is very unfortunate for Blind Faith fans. This is probably the only footage one will ever see of this group, so if you're a fan, you will want to see this DVD. Amazon UK sells this DVD but you must have a DVD player that plays PAL. So do yourself a favor, buy a DVD player that can play both NTSC and PAL, not just to play this DVD, but for so many other DVDs that are only available in the PAL format because they aren't released in the U.S. for whatever reason. Various electronic companies on the Internet sell these type of machines, so get one now, open yourself up to the world of PAL DVDs!

Now to the DVD itself. Blind Faith probably should have waited until they had more songs in their repertoire before they started touring because they really didn't have many of their own songs under their belt yet. So their actual set for this concert is only about 40 minutes or so. Before we actually see the concert, there is an introduction that discusses the musical climate of the time and the background of the members of Blind Faith. The footage is crisp and the colors are beautiful. The editing of the concert footage is fine, luckily we really don't get that horrible MTV style with the super quick edits that makes one want to vomit.

I felt that the group played very well considering this was their first concert. Winwood and Baker were outstanding, they seemed to be really into it. Clapton and Grech looked like zombies but they played well. Grech was an excellent bass player who probably doesn't get enough recognition nowadays.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep the technical aspects in perspective February 9, 2007
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I understand the technical complaints made by some here, and wish the footage was shot differently. But it is what it is, and the perspective I have mentioned is this was a shortlived band but an incredibly talented one, with this being the only available video material. I think the music holds up extremely well, and the differences from the album they put out make this that much more interesting, particularly the different, electric version of Can't Find My Way Home, plus the tracks not on the album, including a rousing rendition of Stevie's Means to an End, the blues Sleeping in the Ground (Winwood had a great voice for the blues - it is too bad he didn't sing blues more often), and a great version of the Stones' Under My Thumb.

Looking back at Blind Faith, I feel particularly nostalgic and regretful about it. I was and remain a huge fan of Cream and the Traffic both before and after Blind Faith, but feel that Clapton got off track when he left England to go with Delaney and Bonnie and eventually the Dominoes, as that period coincided with his decline into drug use, which began before he left. Clapton never played with a vocalist who equaled Winwood, and it is wonderful watching him focus on the accompanist role as he does here. Baker is more restrained, tasteful and effective than in Cream here, and that is no knock on his Cream performances. Traffic was great, but Winwood never had the quality of bandmates for live performance he had here. It really was a shame Blind Faith did not stay together, and I am not sure I understand why they did not. Seeing this video makes me wish again they had, with all the great music that definitely would have brought.

I disagree with those who have criticized Winwood's vocal performance here.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lower Your Expectations September 24, 2006
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The film is disappointing, with terrible, twitchy camera work and editing. (I thought perhaps I was just getting stodgy in my old age, but a clip from an earlier Cream concert included among the DVD extras assured me that even in those long-ago days, there WERE people who knew how to shoot a concert video.)

By contrast, the audio quality during the concert is good. The DVD cover says the sound is stereo. It sounded like mono to me.

The concert itself is frustrating. This show is a precious memory to those where were there, a legend to those who were not, unheard for almost 40 years, and... well, it's not that great. These are all solid professional musicians, but the performances here seem tentative and uninspired. They certainly don't hold a candle to the performances on the album.

Nothing I say will dissuade real Blind Faith devotees from getting this DVD. Nothing I've said would have dissuaded me. Just don't get your expectations too high, and you can enjoy this.

Track list:
Well All Right
Sea of Joy
Sleeping in the Ground
Under My Thumb
Can't Find My Way Home
Do What You Like
Presence of the Lord
Means to an End
Had to Cry Today

DVD extras: 3 promo videos, photo gallery
I'm a Man - Spencer Davis Group
Hole in My Shoe - Traffic
I'm So Glad - Cream
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BLIND FAITH IN THE PARK August 14, 2006
By AH
Format:DVD
I'll say from the outset that, if you are a Clapton or Baker or Winwood fan, this DVD is a treasure to own. It's a great treat to see the band up close and the songs have stood the test of time well. The bands sound good save for a few flat notes from Winwood's singing, but overall they do a good job and it's great to see them perform. The DVD quality is not up to current standards but it's amazing that the concert footage survived all these years. Although strange for their first concert, it is nonetheless cool that someone had the intelligence to film the band back then. You'll be dissappointed, certainly, if you expect it to be perfect. It's got the usual 60's psychotic-maniac production-the film crew taping everything but the band half the time. You see the park, trees, a plane, the waterway, people walking, people dizzed out of their minds either sitting and staring aimlessly or dancing around as if someone had dropped a hungry scorpion down their pants. The cameramen love to zoom in and out of hands, arms, faces, just for the thrill I guess, so be prepared to ignore the wild photography and cheap affects and then you will enjoy the video. Gosh, if only they had used ALL of the cameras that day to focus in on the band, especially Eric and Ginger...sigh! The thing I like is that it's daylight and you can actually see the band, the equipment, the stage, the facial expressions, all without the psychodelic images that usually plague the old concerts. The sound quality is good for something this old. You might ask yourself, "What does a Telecaster guitar with a beat up Strat neck-attached sound like"? I wondered about this too. Well, it sounds like, ah, a Stato-Tele-caster thing. I guess Eric didn't quite plan on 100,000 possessed fans to show up, not to mention the film crew. Read more ›
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Published 1 month ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Condition
It is hard to believe that this is a used DVD. It looks like new. Hubby really wanted this and brand new was a little pricey. Read more
Published 6 months ago by CK
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Show
I disagree with the picky criticizms here. Yes, the camera work and editing are terrible, but I can't think of one concert video that wasn't irritating to watch. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Brendan
2.0 out of 5 stars 40 years on, time has not been kind to BF
Ah, that short season of the super-group, a late 60's phenomenon that produced more fallen souffles than successes.

No puffy souffle fell more quickly than Blind Faith. Read more
Published 18 months ago by albarino
5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever- very well done
This thing is INCREDIBLE!!!
The quality of the misic as remastered is as if it was recorde in a studio yesterday.
The quality of the video part is outstanding as well. Read more
Published on December 31, 2011 by Tuscan002
3.0 out of 5 stars Music Great; Caution-- Bad editing and Gratuitous Girating Hippies
The music here is great, even though the band looked a bit tired. Winwood works with a lot of energy, and Clapton plays a somewhat tonally subdued (compared to Cream) Telecaster. Read more
Published on October 4, 2011 by Johann Cat
4.0 out of 5 stars blind faith a beautiful sunny day and thousands of hippies having...
First off, I cant understand all the criticism on the concerts sound and transfer. This is 1969 folks and shot outdoors. Read more
Published on August 2, 2011 by desoto
2.0 out of 5 stars Keep the faith?
This crude recording is actually more of an archive than a musical resource for enjoyment. When you see it, you will be shocked as to the aural quality, the appearance of the... Read more
Published on August 17, 2010 by Beantown Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars nice dvd for its time
it is what I expected. the video is good, the players are stiff and not seeming to be into their own music, stevies voice is strained and not in tune(drug era)???? Read more
Published on July 2, 2010 by Lisa Bible
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Concert from the Summer of 1969
Woodstock was two months away and would define the 1960's music and peace movement. Before that juggernaut was launched, a few guys in England put on a free show at Hyde Park in... Read more
Published on May 4, 2010 by Robert
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