Andy Johns has worked on
a staggering number of classic
albums and was kind enough
to share his remembrances of some
What were the Blind Faith sessions
Obviously, I was just astounded
to be in a room with Eric Clapton,
Ginger Baker, and Steve Winwood
at the same time. Good lord—
we’re talking major, major, major.
Eric, obviously, was Eric Clapton
and I’m not, and he mentioned
that once to me some years later.
I think he was playing his cherry
red ES-335 through a white Tolex
Fender piggyback, which I think
was only 50 watts. He also had the
combo [splitter] pedal, so he could run
it through a Leslie as well as his amp. That’s
how we got the sound on “In the Presence
of the Lord,” for the solo with the wah-wah
pedal. We had this nice Leslie that used to
growl rather well at Morgan Studios. Eric
actually complained only once about his tone:
“You think that’s a bit too much treble on
that one?” That’s the only thing he ever mentioned
to me about sound.
Blind Faith in 1969. Inset: Johns working the board for Steve Miller.
Did Winwood play any guitar on the record?
People forget that Steve Winwood is a
great guitar player. I had worked with him
before on John Barleycorn—which wasn’t so
bloody bad, that record—and he had this green
Firebird, which he brought along to the Blind
Faith sessions. He didn’t play a lot of guitar,
though, except for “Had to Cry Today,” which
I didn’t record. He would generally say, “Eric’s
the guitar player, not me.”
But speaking of Steve Winwood, there
was this wonderful thing that I’ll never forget.
This was totally marvelous. I came back
from a lunch break one day and the soundproof
door was cracked a little bit, and I
could hear him playing the Hammond. He’s
playing both manuals and the bass pedals
and he’s singing. I look at him and he’s looking
at the ceiling. Not only is he playing the
top manual, the lower manual, the bass pedals,
and singing, but he’s also thinking about
what his old lady’s going to make him for
dinner. So he’s doing four or five things at
once and the music was just stunning. I hate
to use the word genius, because it’s bandied
about so much, but that guy, in the end of
his little finger, has more
than a whole tribe of musicality—
he really does. It’s
just unfair. And you put him
with young Eric and Ginger
and it was truly amazing.
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