Here’s a “Best of” that Rocks!


October 23, 2008 by billie789

Since I wrote a piece a while back about silly or unecessary “Best of” albums, I thought I’d back it up with a real “Best of” piece.

I found a new/old friend recently and haven’t stopped visiting him since. I’ve worn out my Jeep’s CD player (again) with the Best of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac. Absolutley one of the coolest “Best Of” compliations I’ve heard.                     

Peter Green came out of London in the mid-60’s and worked hard to take over Eric Clapton’s place in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. There he met Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. Add Jeremy Spencer on slide and knock-off Elmore James vocals and Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac was born. He was labeled one of the seven original Guitar Gods. Check this out. These guys were tearing it up almost 40 years ago.

About this time, a young fan who tried to catch every show that Fleetwood Mac played in England, sat in the audience transfixed on Green’s playing. After several shows, he got a chance to meet his idol backstage. They struck up an odd relationship and Green eventually sold his prized-possession-a ’59 Les Paul Standard to a teen-aged Gary Moore, his biggest fan at each show. He lent it to Moore when he played in Ireland’s Skid Row in the late 60’s, but wanted Moore to purchase it from him. He told Moore to sell his Gibson SG and pay whatever he got for that guitar. Moore received $160 pounds and Green would only accept $100 pounds. Seems he only paid $120 pounds for the guitar in the first place.

That guitar is rumoured to be on sale now for $2,000,000

Fleetwood Mac’s out-of-control spiral began when the band was just reaching a level of stardom in England and America. Green’s appetite for LSD caused scenes like disappearing from a Munch gig for three days. The band had kind of had it with him and the seeds of its destruction were sung about in tunes like Green Mandilishi  and Man of the World.

Green ended up in psychiatric hospitals being electroconvulsed to try to fight his bouts of paranoia and schizophrenia. And then he took that masterful tone and touch and disappeared for decades.                                                   

Few people realize that Peter wrote “Black Magic Woman” and a refurbished, if not slightly worn out Green, played it with Carlos Santana at Green’s induction into the Rock adn Roll Hall of Fame ten years ago.

Recently, he formed The Splinter Group. I’m afraid that’s gone the way of his other projects already as he cancelled tours and moved to Sweden. He says his meds take aware his desire to play. 

He’s a master player and the creator of wonderful blues and blues-rock music. For me, an old blues-rock fogey, the original Fleetwood Mac was the only Fleetwood Mac. I saw them in concert here in Salt Lake City in about 1971. It was a great show, racous and funny. Mick Fleetwood wore a giant, pink dildo on his head for part of the show.

I highly recommend this CD. It contains 20 original cuts. Well worth the $10 I paid on Ebay.

17 thoughts on “Here’s a “Best of” that Rocks!

  1. Stu says:

    Good to see you back in the fold, sir!

    I couldn’t find it for $10 but I found a new copy, still factory-sealed for $20 on ebay so I bought it yesterday. Look forward to giving it a spin!

  2. Bill says:

    Thanks for the edit help, Sir Stu.

    You’ll like it. It will take you back to a time when British blues bands and musicians were playing the blues and the new blues rock sound. Ten

  3. Bill says:

    Make that Ten Years After, Led Zepplin, Rory Gallagher, Fleetwood Mac, Mayall, Alexis Korner, Jeff Beck, Cream, et al.

  4. rsr348 says:

    The name Peter Green rang a bell, but I had no knowledge about his history or the beginnings of Fleetwood Mac. Only the Stevie Nicks era. Always learning something new about the roots of blues-rock. Now I’m really curious to hear Green Mandilishi. Never knew what our friend Jane was referring to.
    I have fond but foggy memories of blues-rock of the 60s, mainly because my older brother was into it in the 70s and had boxes full of albums that were cranked through gigantic stereo speakers when the parents were out.

    Glad to see you back too, Bill. Yee-ha- It’s Friday!

  5. rsr348 says:

    Did a quick search. It’s Manalishi. Seems it was a controversial and mysterious title.

  6. Stu says:

    I think Jane’s more fond of the Judas Priest version (?)

    Here’s Fleetwood Mac’s version:

    and here’s Judas Priest’s cover of it:

  7. Bill says:

    Yeah, I get the Judas Priest version, but it’s the vintage sound these guys in Fleetwood Mac got that gets to me on so many cuts.

    They were playing with instruments and amplifiers that created their sound when put in those particular hands. Gary Moore put out Blues for Greeny where he tried to play note for note many of the tunes on this album. Not his take on those tunes as covers, but note for note.

    And he played the infamous Les Paul that he bought from Green when he was a teen ager to bring that same sound to the table.

  8. esarsea says:

    I’m glad you turned my on to Gary Moore a while back. I was a big fan of some of his stuff with Thin Lizzy without knowing who he was at the time. That clip of “Still got the blues” on youtube by him is spectacular.

  9. rsr348 says:

    Ok, I got too damn curious and it took nearly a frickin’ hour to play the song once, to get out the chopiness before being able to listen. (We only have two options for high-speed service where we live, and both are too expensive right now.) The Fleetwood version didn’t do much for me, and I’m not going to take any more time right now to get the Priest version, though comparing would be fun. I’m not a Judas Priest fan, so I doubt I would like it anyway (no offense, Jane). Thanks for the links though, Stu.

    I recall hearing a lot about Gary Moore on Joe’s board, and I like Thin Lizzy, but I don’t know much about him either. Interesting story about him and Green and the guitar.

  10. Jane says:

    totally trippy – i just heard Green Manalishi by Priest on a station i rarely put on, then came here for the first time in a couple weeks or so…weird.
    will check out the post more because i am very interested in this topic, thanks.
    laughing my ass off too Mandilishi is one of my nicknames,lol combo of Mandi Stoker and manalishi, lol i’m famous finally! lol

  11. Jane says:

    when i say weird i mean cool here :)

  12. Da Goddess says:

    I have a hard time convincing people that Black Magic Woman was originally a FM/PG tune. For some folks, the blues begins with Santana and ends there, too. Whatever.

    This is a great CD and one every British blues fan should own. And even if they don’t think they’re a fan, they should get it anyway.

    Now, just think — in 18 months, we should have Mick Fleetwood touring the U.S. on a blues kick again. He’s doing a quick European tour as such, followed by a tour for Mac, then he’s doing the blues thing here.

  13. rsr348 says:

    Far out Jane! It must be Halloween. I knew you used that nickname and liked that song, I just never knew anything about it. Then it caught my eye in Bill’s post, and I drifted from his original post about the CD. Like I said though, I’m always learning more about the music I grew up on. How the Brit rockers liked our blues and turned it into their own sound and then blew us away with it.

  14. Bill says:

    I mispelled a couple of words, including Manalishi. Ain’t no thang. My bad speed typing.

  15. esarsea says:

    My copy finally arrived yesterday. It was a new, still-factory-sealed import. Great CD! I never knew “Oh Well” was a Peter Green/Fleetwood Mac tune. Part II of that song is very haunting. It’s reminiscent of the soundtracks Ennio Morricone wrote for Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns. Thanks for turning me on to yet another great recording.

  16. Bill says:

    Well, Mr Smarty Pants, I thought it sounded Spaghetti Western, but I didn’t have the name of the guy who actually used to compose the soundtracks for Sergio Loene! I do know, however, that Marricone’s sister was a Catholic nun living in Botswana in 1930, giving comfort to lepers. Not really, I just made that up.

    If you think back, “oh, well” and Leone’s films weren’t that far from each other. Mid-to-late 60’s.

    Film buffs might appreciate this quote about Leone’s film career as it pertains to spaghetti westerns, which he did not invent:

    “After seeing Kurosawa’s ( A Japanese National Treasure)’Yojimbo’, the seed was planted in Leone’s mind to remake the story as a western.”

    More film buffery: Kurosawa’s “The Seven Samurai” was remade into “The Magnificent Seven.”

    And some of Kurosawa’s films were based on stories from Shakespeare!

  17. esarsea says:

    The only reason I knew about him was because I wrote an essay on Sergio Leone for an English Comp class as a final project. I remember him (Leone) mentioning Kurusawa now that you bring it up.

    I’m a huge fan of the Leone/Eastwood trilogy; Fistfull of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. I’ve seen them all countless times, and when it’s Clint Eastwood week on TBS I’m quite capable of sitting down and watching them all again. Good stuff, Maynard!

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