TBT – “Can’t Find My Way Home” As Good As It Ever Was
This week, Throwback Thursday looks back of one of the finest ballads ever written. This particular tune was the work of the “Boy Wonder” of “Blue Eyed Soul” himself, Steve Winwood. Of course, we are referring to “Can’t Find My Way Home.”
By the time “Can’t Find My Way Home” was released on the Blind Faith album in August of 1969, Steve Winwood was already an old soul of sorts. While he was still in middle school, he backed artists such as John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, T-Bone Walker, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, and Muddy Waters on Hammond B-3 organ and guitar as they toured the British Isles. Only 14 years old, he joined the Spencer Davis Group and wrote “Gimme Some Lovin'” and “I’m a Man” among many classics during his time with them. Also during this period he would record with friend Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse.
After leaving the Spencer Davis Group in 1967 he and drummer Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood (who played almost anything he was handed), and guitarist Dave Mason form the now iconic group, Traffic. In 1969, Traffic disbanded for a time and Winwood along with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Steve Winwood, and Ric Grech formed what many consider to be the first so-called super group, Blind Faith.
The groups’ self titled debut album, was released on Polydor in the UK/Canada, and on Atco in the United States. Running just over 42 minutes, the original US album boasted six glorious tracks. Here was an outing rich in diversity and texture, with a deeply spiritual bent, and a very forward looking delivery of the material. Sadly, this would be the only album issued by this group of incredibly talented musicians. Like most music of quality, the music has endured and come to be loved and enjoyed by millions of listeners spanning multiple generations.
“Can’t Find My Way Home” has been interpreted by dozens of artists since its release including, Yvonne Elliman, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Alison Krauss, Widespread Panic, Black Label Society, Bonnie Raitt, and many more. A song this good has immense staying power and will continue to be reinvented for generations to come. That my friends, is the mark of a truly great work of art.
Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, Derek Trucks
The original Blind Faith Version