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.
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.
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.