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The Best of Peter Green's.. [VINYL]

Fleetwood Mac Vinyl
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While most bands undergo a number of changes over the course of their careers, few groups experienced such radical stylistic changes as Fleetwood Mac. Initially conceived as a hard-edged British blues combo in the late '60s, the band gradually evolved into a polished pop/rock act over the course of a decade. Throughout all of their incarnations, the only consistent members of Fleetwood Mac ... Read more in Amazon's Fleetwood Mac Store

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  • Vinyl (25 Nov 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Simply Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00007GY0I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 762,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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221 of 222 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wrongs righted on the best "Best of..." 20 Mar 2006
By Lozarithm VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
There have been compilations before of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, the band he formed after leaving John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, but this latest one puts right most of the wrongs and omissions of those.

Everything you expect is here including Oh Well Parts 1 & 2 in its full 9 minute glory and without fading out in the middle, where you had to turn over the single, as previous collected versions had; and the previously unreleased US Version of Need Your Love So Bad, which is a superb extended six minute piece, with strings arranged by Mickey Baker (who played guitar on Little Willie John's original). Stop Messin' Round was on the flipside of Need Your Love So Bad, but it is here in the slighter shorter version used on the album Mr. Wonderful.

The towering magnificence of The Green Manalishi is also re-established by its inclusion. The compilation ends with a token track by Chicken Shack, because of Christine McVie's involvement with the band, and the then-recent hit remix of Albatross by Chris Coco, both of which I could have done without in this particular context, perhaps replaced by their first single, Rambling Pony/I Believe My Time Ain't Long.

Peter Green was up there with Hendrix and Clapton in the sixties and as well as his work with Fleetwood Mac it is well worth checking out the album A Hard Road by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.
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115 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should buy this 3 Dec 2003
By Jeannie
Format:Audio CD
For anyone out there (and I've come across one or two) who's only heard post-Green, Stevie Nicks and co. Fleetwood Mac, this album will be a big surprise as they might as well be two completely different bands. Some of the best music you'll ever hear is on this album, including Man of the World - in my opinion the greatest song of all time - and Albatross, surely THE instrumental that no other instrumental will ever match. It seems to me that when people think about THE guitarists of the 20th century it's always Hendrix/Clapton/Page way ahead of Peter Green, which is a great shame as the man is a genius and early Fleetwood Mac was groundbreaking stuff. This album is an essential addition to any 'proper' music collection!
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149 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last... 10 July 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Up until now it's been impossible to find a sensible and comprehensive overview of this "first iteration" of Fleetwood Mac's music... but here it is. Including virtually all of their best tracks, it pretty much perfectly captures what they were all about. A million miles away from their second (or was that fourth?) iteration that took the world by storm in the mid 70's & early 80's, this is a very different proposition. Featuring Peter Green's exceptional blues guitar playing & singing supported by the mercurial Jeremy Spencer's slide guitar and, latterly, Danny Kirwin's third lead guitar - none of who made it past their late 60's/early 70's implosion - and backed up by John McVie & Mick Fleetwood's ultra-tight rhythm section, they were, quite justifiably, one of the most successful groups to emerge from the UK's mid 60's R&B scene.
Like all "Best of..." compilations it arguably misses a couple of their lesser known "stand-out" tracks, in particular "Long Grey Mare" & "Without You", but just about everything else is here plus, as an added bonus, Christine McVie's wonderful rendition of "I'd Rather Go Blind" from her earlier Chicken Shack days and the excellent and previously difficult to find Danny Kirwin penned 1971 single "Dragonfly". And, on the way, you get all the hits, including the stunningly powerful "Oh Well Part 1" & "The Green Manalishi", the heart rending "Man of the World" and the beautiful, extended USA version of "Need Your Love So Bad", plus some real hidden gems, in particular Peter Green's outstanding vocals and guitar-work on his brilliant "I Loved Another Woman" and his fabulously "raw" harmonica playing on "Looking for Somebody".

So, if you're looking for "Rhiannon" & "Tusk" you've dropped into the wrong section of Fleetwood Mac's notoriously complex back catalogue, but if you're looking for some superb UK blues and R&B then you're most definitely in the right place.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Green still sounding good. 17 Jan 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have recently purchased this C.D. after seeing Peter Green Splinter Group live in concert on the Isle of Wight. It was great to see a hardworking band obviously enjoying entertaining a full house with a diverse collection of work from the early years of Fleetwood Mac together with more recent compositions by the Splinter Group and a selection of work from Robert Johnson and other Blues legends.The highlights of that live performance were undoubtedly the Peter Green compositions which feature on this C.D. Albatross, Green Manalishi and of course Black Magic Woman. Listening to these classic tracks now it is hard to believe they have been with us for 35 years. So go on buy the C.D. re-aquaint yourself with some great music then get onto the Splinter Group website to find out where you can see the band live -You won't be dissapointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great value - but not quite there... 27 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
I haven't bought this, because I've got pretty much all of the P Green era Mac output already. It is, as lots of others have said, an excellent - and stunningly cheap - intro to that band, who were the best British blues band of the time, and outsold even the Beatles at one point. But I would say that there is an absolutely glaring omission: Love That Burns is one of PG's very best compositions and showcases that beautiful choked weeping style of which he was the master. Download that one if you can. And Jumping At Shadows - from the live in Boston set which has appeared on several albums - is a classic of PG's live playing and worth seeking out. Third thought - what about the track Fleetwood Mac, the first solo venture of PG with McVie and Fleetwood, while they were still with John Mayall? Certainly more valid than some remix of Albatross.

Peter Green was (IMHO) by far the best of the British blues guitarists of the late 1960s (B B King apparently said he was the only white boy who could make him sweat), with a touch and soul that no-one else matched. Clapton was the groundbreaker and arguably a bigger influence on the world of blues and rock guitar, but PG had that soul. If you like his stuff, there's some of PG's great pre-Mac playing on the John Mayall album A Hard Road and on the Mayall oddments compilations Looking Back and Thru The Years. And the post-Mac album
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4.0 out of 5 stars nearly spot on, but not quite.
I'll keep it brief and to the point. Scrap the last two tracks and replace with the glaring omission song Love that Burns and it's a winner. Read more
Published 2 days ago by David Mansfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Old Fleetwood Mac, Great
Published 2 days ago by C. J. Bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. For people who might not know this was ...
Excellent. For people who might not know this was the original FM from the mid to late 60s with the legendary Peter Green on guitar and not the FM of Rumours days of the mid 70s. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Gizzmo Toogood
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wonderful memories
Published 8 days ago by K J THOMPSON
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP MARKS for Greeny and co
the REAL Fleetwood Mac pre poptastic megaband days when Peter Green and co gave us the blues with skill, sensitivity and heart.
Published 20 days ago by Professor Purchase
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 out of 10
If you fancy listening to any of Peter Green's music then give this album a listen. Quite frankly, brilliant !
Published 24 days ago by MR PETER FLINN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant cd, as expected, great service.
Published 1 month ago by John Darvell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent CD
Published 1 month ago by Martin Botwright
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter Green.
I am very happy with this album, I like all the tracks that are featured on it, well worth the money.
Published 1 month ago by wilfy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great
Published 1 month ago by mrs c greenslade
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