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on 18 December 2002
Recorded in january 1969, "Biggest thing since Colossus" is probably one of the most underrated bluesalbums.
It's Otis Spann on vocals and Piano, backed by his own drummer and three Fleetwood Mac members: Peter Green, Danny Kirwan and John McVie.
During the sixties, there was the English blues boom, containing many bluesbands, One of the finest Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac.
On "Colossus" Peter Green has reached his peak: Guitarsound is great, playing is excellent, listen to "My love depends on you" and the "Temperature Song", a perfect slow blues song.
Looking for an album that contains a perfectly mix of black blues and white blues? Go get this on.
Otis Spann loved Peter Green's guitarplaying as much as drinking Bourbon. This album declares why.
Amazing performance, as bluesalbum one of the best around.
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on 13 December 2001
This set recorded in 1969 captures Peter Green at the very peak of his powers. I can't begin to describe the tone and spine tingling perfection of his playing on this record. An absolute must for all Greeny fans.
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on 27 April 2013
If you love the blues then owning , this album is a no-brainer. Recorded in just one day in January 1969 with blues pianist Spann backed by Fleetwod Mac (minus Mick Fleetwood on drums - replaced here by Spann's regular drummer, S.P.Leary), the record has all the immediacy of a 'live' recording.
Despite the credit Amazon may use, make no mistakes - this is an Otis Spann record - not a Fleetwood Mac release . That said Peter Green was at the height of his powers when the album was cut, the Mac were at the height of their 'blues-phase' fame and so Spann was more than happy for his record to feature Green's awesome lead guitar breaks alongside his own mighty piano playing. As you'd expect the combination makes for a terrific record.
So, if you are looking for some funky Chicago blues played and sung by one of its legendary exponents (who featured on many of Muddy Water's records and was a member of Waters' touring band), with the one and only Peter Green accompanying him, then Otis Spann's 'The Biggest Thing Since Colossus' comes mightily recommended.
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on 9 December 2009
This is a fantastic blues album. A couple of songs are slightly marred by wah-wah guitars being a bit too loud in the mix, but overall it's a fine album, and worth getting for the sublime version of "Ain't nobody's business" alone.
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on 6 January 2014
When Fleetwood Mac toured the USA, their producer set up some recording session with some of their heroes and this set doesn't disappoint. Otis Spann is great, Peter Green is great and Danny Kirwan is great. What's not to like?
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on 3 February 2014
I have loved this album for years and have replaced aged vinyl. This is a collaboration between the great Chicago pianist Otis Spann and the core of Fleetwood Mac, one of the British blues bands that really got. Spann is in fine form and it is a showcase for the brilliance of Peter Green, whose delicacy and taste are on display. It's lots of fun.
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on 28 March 2016
Disappointing. Seems to be a collection of old numbers from their early bluesy days. The music is OK, but the recording quality is abyssmal and in this day and age no record company should be releasing recordings from yesteryear unless they are competently re-mastered to an acceptable reproduction quality by today's standards.
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on 15 October 2013
For any serious blues player it's a must for the collection. Great tone and playing in a classic late 60's British Blues style.
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on 31 March 2013
absolutely essential recordings for any fans of otis or peter. peter greens playing is perfect... and i dont use the term lightly, it couldnt not have been more appropriate, more subtle, more relavent or at times even more ferocious. a perfect lesson in would be players when to shut up and when to show your hand... with the great man otis taking the lead, peter stepping in and out of the shadows when required and the rest of the band wonderfully realizing why they are there... it makes for one of those rare albums that will change your musical perspective once heard. 5 stars... deserves more.
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on 4 June 2014
Great reproduction of the original - seminal mix of sounds from Otis and FM. Excellent vinyl quality - a pity the cover is not a more luxurious gatefold = but it is as the original
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