Monday, October 29, 2007


Fleetwood Mac plays on (then/than and now)

Today 1946 Peter Green, English guitarist was born (Fleetwood Mac founder).

Fleetwood Mac - Then Play On 1969_10

01-Coming Your Way
02-Closing My Eyes
03-Show-Biz Blues
04-My Dream
06-Oh Well
07-Although The Sun Is Shining
08-Rattlesnake Shake
09-Searching For Madge
10-Fighting For Madge
11-When You Say
12-Like Crying
13-Before The Beginning

This Peter Green-led edition of the Mac isn't just an important transition between their initial blues-based incarnation and the mega-pop band they became, it's also their most vital, exciting version. The addition of Danny Kirwan as second guitarist and songwriter foreshadows not only the soft-rock terrain of "Bare Trees" and "Kiln House" with Christine Perfect-McVie, but also predicts Rumours. That only pertains to roughly half of the also excellent material here, though; the rest is quintessential Green. The immortal Oh Well, with its hard-edged, thickly layered guitars and chamber-like sections, is perhaps the band's most enduring progressive composition. Rattlesnake Shake is another familiar number, a down-and-dirty, even-paced funk, with clean, wall-of-sound guitars. Choogling drums and Green's fiery improvisations power Searching for Madge, perhaps Mac's most inspired work save Green Manalishi, and leads into an unlikely symphonic interlude and the similar, lighter boogie Fighting for Madge. A hot Afro-Cuban rhythm with beautiful guitars from Kirwan and Green on Coming Your Way not only defines the Mac's sound, but the rock aesthetic of the day. Of the songs with Kirwan's stamp on them, Closing My Eyes is a mysterious waltz love song; haunting guitars approach surf music on the instrumental My Dream; while Although the Sun Is Shining is the ultimate pre-Rumours number someone should revisit. Blues roots still crop up on the spatial, loose, Hendrix-tinged Underway, the folky blues tale of a lesbian affair on Like Crying, and the final outcry of the ever-poignant Show Biz Blues, with Green moaning "do you really give a damn for me ?" Then Play On is a reminder of how pervasive and powerful Green's influence was on Mac's originality and individual stance beyond his involvement. Still highly recommended and a must-buy after all these years, it remains their magnum opus.

An offer to 'Neil Parsons' (see below, 25 october).


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Fleetwood Mac - Then Play On 1969_10

You will have to do a little work to get the link. Sorry, otherwise I have to use 'transferrers'.
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This was my teen years, in the early 1970's. My friends and I were very found of these blues-rock albums, like John Mayall, Johnny Winter, Canned Heat, Paul Butterfield, Savoy Brown and Fleetwood Mac. It was strange to me to hear the US Fleetwood Mac with these radio hits around 1976-1977. I think they should have changed their name. For me the real Fleetwood Mac was the Pete Green band of 1968, 69, 70.
Fully agreed Mario.
I said the same as everyone can read by clicking the 'Fleetwood Mac' label where you will find 2 other early albums.
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