Welcome to another Friday of new music releases. There are a handful of good ones that are coming out and I will highlight the ones I want in Blue. Take a look through and check them out and see what else you want to get this week or what I missed. Whatever you do, support the bands you like. Enjoy!!
Stryper – God Damn Evil – (Frontiers Records): The first single off this release, “Take it to the Cross” was a shock to the system. It was more thrash than the normal Stryper music, but it was awesome. The second single, “Sorry” was more of what you expect. Either way, they have me excited about this release and can’t wait to check it out.
Black Stone Cherry – Family Tree – (Mascot Records): Black Stone Cherry have been releasing albums every 2-3 years and they are right on schedule with this one. I love their Southern Rock/Metal sound and they haven’t missed a beat with this one. Looking forward to hearing the rest. Looks like it is going to be a heavy week.
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.