Friday, December 02, 2011

Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac Live at the BBC

Long before the ladies came into the picture, Fleetwood Mac was an all-male, hard-drivin', heavy blues band. Led by guitar virtuoso Peter Green (along with two other terrific guitarists, Danny Kirwan and Jeremy Spencer and, of course, the rhythm section of John McVie and Mick Fleetwood), this group was known for high energy blues, original blues romps like the fantastic "Rattlesnake Shake" (much later covered by Aerosmith) and the superb "Oh Well" (along with tunes such as "Black Magic Woman", not included here, but, of course, made famous by Santana).

This set does show other sides of the band, as well, from 50's covers and steals (Elvis, Buddy Holly, Everly Brothers - which all makes that much more sense when you remember their "alter ego" band, Earl Vince and the Valiants, known for their amazing "Somebody's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight") to cool instrumentals to soft ballads. But the blues is where they shine and numbers like both Robert Johnson's and Son House's "Preachin' Blues", "Blues With a Feeling", "Sweet Home Chicago" and many others show why this line up is still revered today.

Lots of variety and lots of great music - definitely a cool find (and highly recommended by Steven Tyler in his book)!