Saturday Escape ~ Do What You Like ~ Blind Faith ~ Song Of The Day

Written by Ginger (Peter Edward) Baker
Released in 1969 off the self entitled album.

Eric Clapton – guitar, vocals
Steve Winwood – organ, bass, guitar, piano, keyboards, vocals, harmonica
Ginger Baker – percussion, drums
Ric Grech – bass, violin, vocals

“Do what you like” was written by Baker as a tribute inspired by Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” which was Written by Paul Desmond. Both songs were done in the same Time Signatures of 5/4 which was a more complex signature. Joe Morello of the Dave Brubeck Quartet certainly gave his own exceptional drum solo in Take Five.

But Ginger Baker took his love of Jazz and fused it into this timeless piece of work with Clapton, Winwood & Grech to an even higher level. It was sad that these four musicians only kicked out one album. The name sort of fit the band perfectly. For it was  Blind Faith ” that brought the group together.

Too bad the Detroit radio station that calls themselves Classic Rock can’t find time to fit in the real classics of that era. There’s a 1,000 more out there from many bands and artists that are buried in a music vault to be left unplayed. And that my Muse lovers is a damn shame. Because if this song isn’t considered a classic I don’t know what else is.




Filed under 1960s, 1960s Psychedelia, Entertainment, Jazz, MUSIC, Rock-n-Roll, Song of the Day

2 responses to “Saturday Escape ~ Do What You Like ~ Blind Faith ~ Song Of The Day

  1. Jay Jackson

    Nice commentary. Did you know that Baker was not even supposed to be in Blind Faith? Clapton was terrified of him and left Cream to avoid him. Baker considered Clapton one of his best friends and just showed up when they started rehearsing.

    • Cream disintegrated over drugs and the ego’s and the fierce onstage feuds between Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. I remember the interview with Jack where he stated he thought Ginger was going to kill him right there on the stage. Clapton just wanted some normalcy and musically wanted to go into a different direction.

      Ginger met Jack in the the band, The Graham Bond Organisation where he was chosen by Bond to fire Jack. They were venomously fighting in that band. Nothing changed with Cream. Ginger was welcomed into rehearsals by both Clapton and Steve Winwood contrary to some tabloid trash rock articles.

      Eric wasn’t scared of Ginger, he just didn’t want all the confusion all over again. He felt bad ending Blind Faith after them touring where he met Delaney & Bonnie. But that was the direction he wanted. Much more peaceful.

      I only know that when they reunited for that 2005 gig at Royal Albert Hall, I literally cried when they went into “We’re Going Wrong” my fav. from Cream. Jack hadn’t lost one iota of his vocalization. The octave range, vibrato and power were all still there. And the memories from that song.

      The days when we had real musicians and real vocalists. The younger generation calls us Boomers like it’s an insult. Man, we had it all and our generation still rules Musically.

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