The Original Vs. The Cover – “Can’t Find My Way Home”

Welcome to the new in yet another series that is called “The Original Vs. The Cover”.  Not a very original title, but it gets the point across.  Each month I will pick a song and compare the original to my favorite cover of the song.

And there is not a better way to kick off this series than with Blind Faith’s song “Can’t Find My Way Home”.  The song was written by Steve Winwood and on Blind Faith’s only album back in 1969.  Blind Faith was one of the earliest super groups as it consisted of Steve Winwood from the bands Traffic & The Spencer Davis Group, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton from the band Cream and lastly, Ric Grech from Family.  Not a bad set of musicians.

Blind Faith’s “Can’t Find My Way Home” is a slow ballad with Eric Clapton playing acoustic guitar and Steve Winwood singing.  Of course Ginger Baker is playing percussion and Ric Grech is on bass, but the guitar work is of note.  The guitar work is fantastic as expected and it is rare you get Eric Clapton playing acoustic (at least back then).  The vocals have an eerie hollowness to them and I don’t know if that was Winwood’s intention or just the production of the song, but it works.  The overall production is simple and not much too it and I think that is why the song works so well. The overall tone fits the time period which was the end of the 60’s.

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“Bring It On Home” – Ace Frehley Vs. Train

There have been a lot of cover albums this year and two of those that I have listened to recently have covered the same song, “Bring It On Home” by Led Zeppelin.  I know that Led Zeppelin was not the original version of this song either as it was written by Willie Dixon. The first version was released in 1966 and recorded by Sonny Boy Williamson.

I guess then I am trying to compare two cover versions of a song that was a cover song for the band that both covers are covering.  I think I just confused myself.  Anyway, my quest here is to determine who gave us the best version of the song based on Led Zeppelin’s version. Before we can do that, we must listen to Zeppelin’s version.  Take a listen and then we will continue.

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