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I'd Rather Go Blind
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Ellington Jordan, Bill Foster

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Something told me it was over
When I saw you and her talking
Something deep down in my soul said cry girl
When I saw you and her walking

I would rather, I would rather go blind, boy
Then to see you walk away from me

So you see, I love you so much
That I don't want to see you leave me baby
But most of all I don't want to be free

I was just, I was just, I was just sitting here thinking
Of your kiss and your warm embrace
When the reflection in the glass that I held to my lips now baby
Revealed the tears that were on my face

Baby, baby, baby, I would rather go blind

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Performance #1:
Date Performance 1969-02-12
Running Time 3:14
Performers Christine McVie (Organ), Christine McVie (Vocals), Stan Webb (Guitar), Andy Sylvester/Silvester (Bass Guitar), Andy Sylvester/Silvester (Organ Bass Pedals), Dave Bidwell (Drums), Mike Vernon (Produced By), Terry Noonan (Trumpet), Terry Noonan (Horns Arranged By), Terry Noonan (Horns Directed By), Mike Ross(-Trevor) (Recording Engineer)
CommentsStereo Version. Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London. Original Release: Blue Horizon #57-3153 (A-Side). Source: Original analogue tape. It's unknown who plays the Tenor/Alto/Baritone Saxes on this track. Chart: Billboard UK Top 50/40 Singles Peak Position: 17 Peak Dates: Jun 14, 1969 & Jun 28, 1969 Weeks On Charts: 12
Appears On
Christine Perfect (1970)
Christine McVie
Albatross (1977)
Christine McVie
Performance #2:
Date Performance 1969-00-00
Running Time 2:57
Performers Stan Webb (Guitar), Christine McVie (Keyboards), Christine McVie (Vocals), Andy Sylvester/Silvester (Bass), Dave Bidwell (Drums)
Appears On
On Air (1991)
Chicken Shack
Performance #3:
Date Performance 1969-02-12
Running Time 3:14
Performers Christine McVie (Organ), Christine McVie (Vocals), Stan Webb (Guitar), Andy Sylvester/Silvester (Bass Guitar), Andy Sylvester/Silvester (Organ Bass Pedals), Dave Bidwell (Drums), Mike Vernon (Produced By), Terry Noonan (Trumpet), Terry Noonan (Horns Arranged By), Terry Noonan (Horns Directed By), Mike Ross(-Trevor) (Recording Engineer)
CommentsStereo Version. Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London. Original Release: Blue Horizon #57-3153 (A-Side). Source: Original analogue tape. It's unknown who plays the Tenor/Alto/Baritone Saxes on this track. Chart: Billboard UK Top 50/40 Singles Peak Position: 17 Peak Dates: Jun 14, 1969 & Jun 28, 1969 Weeks On Charts: 12
Appears On
The Collection (1986)
Chicken Shack
In The Can (1980)
Chicken Shack
The Blue Horizon Story 1965-1970 Vol. 1 (1997)
Various Artists
The Blues Years (1991)
Fleetwood Mac
The Fleetwood Mac Family Album (1996)
Various Artists
The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions (2006)
Chicken Shack
I'd Rather Go Blind/Close To Me (1969)
Chicken Shack
I'd Rather Go Blind/Get Like You Used To Be (1969)
Chicken Shack
Performance #4:
Date Performance 1969-02-12
Running Time 3:14
Performers Christine McVie (Organ), Christine McVie (Vocal), Stan Webb (Guitar), Andy Sylvester/Silvester (Bass Guitar), Andy Sylvester/Silvester (Organ Bass Pedals), Dave Bidwell (Drums), Mike Vernon (Produced By), Terry Noonan (Trumpet), Terry Noonan (Arranger), Terry Noonan (Director), Mike Ross(-Trevor) (Recording Engineer)
Comments(Mono)
Appears On
I'd Rather Go Blind/I'd Rather Go Blind (1970)
Chicken Shack
Performance #5:
Date Performance 1969-02-12
Running Time 3:14
Performers Christine McVie (Organ), Christine McVie (Vocals), Stan Webb (Guitar), Andy Sylvester/Silvester (Bass Guitar), Andy Sylvester/Silvester (Organ Bass Pedals), Dave Bidwell (Drums), Mike Vernon (Produced By), Terry Noonan (Trumpet), Terry Noonan (Horns Arranged By), Terry Noonan (Horns Directed By), Mike Ross(-Trevor) (Recording Engineer)
CommentsStereo Version. Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London. Original Release: Blue Horizon #57-3153 (A-Side). Source: Original analogue tape. It's unknown who plays the Tenor/Alto/Baritone Saxes on this track. Chart: Billboard UK Top 50/40 Singles Peak Position: 17 Peak Dates: Jun 14, 1969 & Jun 28, 1969 Weeks On Charts: 12
Appears On
I'd Rather Go Blind/Sad Clown (1974)
Chicken Shack
I'd Rather Go Blind/Tears In The Wind (1982)
Chicken Shack
I'd Rather Go Blind/Night Life (1969)
Chicken Shack

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Almost the Best
Review written by Bill Reich, April 13th, 2006

This is one of my favorite songs and one of my favorite Christine performances. And it isn't the best performance of the song. Christine does a great job on this Fungi Jordan, Bill Foster creation. It is no wonder so many artists have covered this song as it is an almost perfect vehicle for someone with a blues sensibility and the ability to sell a pop song. The combination works very well on Christine's version, only it works a bit better for Etta James. What I think it comnes down to is that Etta has a better voice, is playing a greater instrument.

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2010-08-26