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3.0 out of 5 stars So-so film, but great historical importance, March 10, 2009
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This review is from: Blind Faith - London Hyde Park 1969 (DVD)
The movie-making part of this show was not especially good. The film is grainy, strangely edited (often focusing on the wrong band member at the wrong time), and features a severely edited "Do What You Like" (presumably in the interest of time, as this was intended for an hour-long TV broadcast, I believe).

That said, it's the only video document we have of Blind Faith, and so its historical importance is worth an extra star. The concert itself shows a band that plays tentatively at times. They seem very unsure of themselves, and it's Steve Winwood's vocals that keep them on track.

Eric Clapton is clearly in transition here, both in sound and in approach. This marks the beginning of his move from the fatter Gibson sound to the grittier Fender. He also seems so intent on disappearing into the band that he stands behind everyone else and takes no vocals (not even backups). His playing is terse, as if he purposely chose not to cut loose even when the opportunity was there.

The paucity of original material caused them to cover the Rolling Stones ("Under My Thumb", an odd choice). Two of the three best numbers were ones they never released on a Blind Faith record, "Sleeping In the Ground" (which eventually appeared in the "Crossroads" box), and "Means To an End", a Winwood tune from Traffic's second album. "Had To Cry Today" was the highlight, if only because of the catchy riff and that it forced Clapton to get in gear a bit on the solo.

Casual fans may not much care for this film, but for anyone interested in this pivotal period in the careers of Clapton or Winwood, it's worth a look. It's the only visual document of Blind Faith we're likely ever to have.
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