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Fleetwood Mac
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on 8 November 2015
I guess the main reason for catching up with this first offering from the Mac is that you listened to it in youth club or round at a mates' house back in the sixties. It's not ground-breaking stuff but the recording stands up better than many from that era. If you want to know how the average Brit heard the blues back then, this is one of the answers. I think it works because it's a balanced and varied programme. Of course, I may just be sentimental but I suspect not on this occasion. At the very least, it made me look out my Bert Weedon "Play in a Day" guitar book!
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on 28 October 2000
In my opinion this is the best of their early studio recordings (live being better stuff). It is clean and pure ie without the brass section of their second album. J. Spencer is doing his best Elmore James impressions, of which he runs out of in later albums. In particular the infinitely catchy "Shake Your moneymaker". Other highlights include "no place to go" some nice harmonica riffs, and "long grey mere".
Peter Greens guitar work is not at it's peak here. For amazing guitar fluidity see The original fleetwood mac - the collection with "drifting", "worried dream" and "a fool no more".
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on 14 January 2005
This album is a pleasant surprise. I don't usually take readily to British bands from the 60s blues boom. Most of them were effete imitators of the real thing and since the real thing was still available on long playing records, it is a wonder why they bothered. However, occasionally, a band would come along that would buck the trend. Fleetwood Mac is a case in point. What lifted them above the average was the quality of their playing. Muddy Waters once said that white boys could play the blues but they couldn't sing it. This album lends support to that observation, although the singing is adequate - and certainly better than John Mayall's. It is the musicianship that stands out. It is pure joy to hear the twin guitars of Peter Green and Julian Spencer, who play off one another in very much the same manner as Eric Clapton and Duane Allman when they were in Derek and the Dominoes. It doesn't reach the same heights as Derek and the Dominoes, but that would be asking too much. Their playing is still inspired. Mick Fleetwood's drumming also deserves special mention.
Apart from two of the songs, most are originals and Peter Green wrote the majority of them. Even though they don't escape the 12 bar blues format, they are still fine songs and stand comparison to much of what came out of 50s Chicago. My favourite is "I loved another woman." Green's guitar shimmer's beautifully throughout and would soon metamorphose into "Black Magic Woman." Worth buying it just for that.
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