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The gig that re-started it all

Clapton may be a guitar god, but to these ears, Steve Winwood plays at least as tastefully. His sound on the opening riff and second solo is so sweetly sublime. Not just vocally is this guy's voice from beyond.

Clapton and Winwood have been playing together in each other's homes since Eric was in Cream and Steve in Spencer Davis.  And it’s an affinity that’s continued to this day.

But it was when Steve was able to make it to Clapton’s 2nd Crossroads benefit concert held in Chicago in 2007 (for his drug & alcohol rehab centre) that the two of them really revitalized their collaboration. The next year they would play three shows at Madison Square Garden that spawned a CD, a DVD, and a national tour together the year after where they each picked the other’s set-list — like they were playing in their London flat again. 

But here they are in essentially the first quasi-Blind Faith “reunion” since their one and only tour in 1969. They also played Clapton’s “Presence of the Lord,” but this Winwood tune was the group’s defining song.

In his distinctive crystal-clear high tenor, Winwood sings this ageless melody like he’s still the young Amadeus who wrote it.  Then add his guitar being even more pinpoint precision dynamic than when he was that twenty-something kid, and you get a mature masterpiece.

And do not miss one of the most beautiful smiles in rock n roll history — be ready to hit pause just as the song ends, around 4:45 — the way Steve beams a mile wide to his lifetime brother Eric. Masters hitting the bullseye together.

Exhibit A:  Rock aging gracefully.

 

And yeah, there's a little Derek Trucks on the rhythm on the side.  

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Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton at the Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007, with Derek Trucks and Doyle Bramhall

Retrieved from Wikipedia:
Can't Find My Way Home on Wikipedia
"Can't Find My Way Home"
Song by Blind Faith from the album Blind Faith
ReleasedAugust 1969 (1969-08)
RecordedSpring 1969, London
GenreFolk rock
Length3:16
LabelPolydor
Writer(s)Steve Winwood
LanguageEnglish
Producer(s)Jimmy Miller
Blind Faith track listing
  1. Had to Cry Today
  2. Can't Find My Way Home
  3. Well All Right
  4. Presence of the Lord
  5. Sea of Joy
  6. Do What You Like

"Can't Find My Way Home" is a song written by Steve Winwood which was first released by Blind Faith on their 1969 album Blind Faith. Rolling Stone, in a review of the album, noted that the song featured "Ginger Baker's highly innovative percussion" and judged the lyric "And I'm wasted and I can't find my way home" to be "delightful".[1]

"Can't Find My Way Home"
Single by Swans
Released1989
LabelProduct Inc.
Writer(s)Steve Winwood
Producer(s)Michael Gira
Swans singles chronology

Contents

  • 1 Cover versions
  • 2 In Pop Culture
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Cover versions

  • Sound Factory - Sound Factory (1970)
  • Gilberto Gil - Gilberto Gil (Nêga) (1971)
  • Ellen McIlwaine - Honky Tonk Angel (1972)
  • Yvonne Elliman - Yvonne Elliman (1972)
  • Mama Lion - "Preserve Wildlife" (1972)
  • Eric Clapton - E. C. Was Here (1975); Slowhand Special Edition (2012)
  • Bonnie Bramlett - Memories (1978)
  • Torch Song - Ecstasy (1986)
  • Swans - The Burning World (1989)[2]
  • Jarboe - Thirteen Masks
  • House of Lords - Sahara (1990)
  • Joe Cocker - Night Calls (1991) (also Organic (1996))
  • Spin 1ne 2wo - Spin 1ne 2wo (1993)
  • Elkie Brooks - Circles (1995)
  • Yasuko Agawa - Echoes (1996)
  • Don Ross - Loaded, Leather, Moonroof (1997)
  • Alana Davis - The Mod Squad motion picture soundtrack (1999)
  • Electronic - Twisted Tenderness (1999)
  • Pat Green and Cory Morrow - Songs We Wish We'd Written (2001)
  • Alison Krauss - Crossing Jordan television soundtrack (2003)
  • BigBang - Radio Radio TV Sleep (2003)
  • Carl Dixon - One Voice Two Hands (2003)
  • Widespread Panic - Über Cobra (2004)
  • Styx - Big Bang Theory (2005)
  • Mig Ayesa - MiG (2007)
  • Henning Stærk - Old Time Rocker (2009)
  • Black Label Society - The Song Remains Not the Same (2011)
  • Bonnie Raitt - The Lost Broadcast—Philadelphia 1972 (2011, recorded 1972)
  • Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, and Randy George - Cover to Cover (2006)
  • Sneaker Pimps - Hits and Singles (2010)
  • Nathan East - Nathan East (2014)[3]
  • John Wetton - New York Minute (2015)
  • Giacomo Voli - Il Vento Canterà (2015)
  • Ryan Quinn - The Voice 2016 Blind Audition-Can't Find My Way Home (2016)
  • Jeff St John's Copperwine - Joint Effort (1971) [4]

In Pop Culture

  • Eureka - Season 1, Episode 12 - "Once in a life time".
  • Supernatural - Season 1,Episode 13 - "Route 666"
  • Supernatural - Season 9, Episode 23 - "Do You Believe in Miracles". (credited in closed captions as Eric Clapton's Can't Find My Way Home")
  • Fringe - Season 2, Episode 1 - " A New Day in the Old Town".
  • Fandango - end of movie, credit roll.
  • The Brink - Season 1 (only season), Episode 7 - "Sticky Wicket", credit roll.
  • This Is Us - Season 1, Episode 2 - "The Big Three"
  • Benny & Joon (1993)

References

  1. ^ Morthland, John, Rolling Stone, September 6, 1969, page 28.
  2. ^ Swans official website - Can't Find My Way Home
  3. ^ "Nathan East - Star Sideman in the Spotlight". www.nathaneast.com. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Discogs - Jeff St John's Copperwine – Joint Effort

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics


   

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