on 22 February 2014
this great disk has nearly nothing by jeremy spencer, and his solo 1970 disk could have been an interesting addition to the deluxe addition. but it is inexcusable that it lacks 14 brilliant danny kirwan songs from the time he joined to this release . exactly the same time frame of 1968-1969, so it is unforgivable of fleetwood mac, management, and the record company . meanwhile, unlike his fabulous hybrid blues songs here on ''then play on''( ''when you say'', ''although the sun is shining'', ''like crying'', ''coming your way''), the missing songs are mostly blues greats , but with a superlative buddy holly song (''when i see'', better than anything i have ever heard by holly) , and a gorgeous tribute to peter (''farewell", fit for a king ), a stellar cover of j. roger's ''worlds in a tangle'' (lovely anti -communist war song), and another 40's style gem called ''tell me from the start''. his superlative blues songs are ''only you'' ( not lionel ritchey's song of the same name), ''like it this way'' ( here is the #1 song of dueling guitars ever and it is , guess , yes, it is danny kirwan's .), ''something inside of me'', ''talk with you'', ''mind of my own'', ''blues with a feeling'', ''early morning comes'' , ''loving kind'', '' jigsaw puzzle blues'', and ''love it seems ''( this one is so wonderful i could listen thousands of times ) . ''jigsaw puzzle blues'' is the b-side of ''albatross'' . since peter said ( about 10 years ago) that there would not have been a #1 hit ''albatross" without danny , i expect that danny should be credited from now on. ''without you'' is back again on this release( it is the best blues song from texas to the end of the universe and back). , ''one sunny day'' has returned too.. all of these missing songs but the j. roger's cover are kirwan originals, all feature his words ,his voice , his guitars, and at 18 years comprise a staggeringly magnificent and exquisite debut , but those songs are not here. peter wrote his first songs witha cg adams, or clifford davis . in any event peter's reputation rests more on his guitar skills, than his songs, and i am just letting people know that peter did need help with lyrics and music. i wrote earlier that danny's songs are superlative. they are superlative compared to all i have heard from lightning hopkins to hubert sumlin to albert king, or buddy guy , or peter green. kirwan's blues songs are to me great blues songs and they are the bulk of what blues i listen to. whenever i made playlists on cassettes in the past i always added peter's ''albatross'' and ''underway'' to a mix of only danny kirwan's songs. same goes for today , now burning cds, so it is comforting to know all these years later that peter credited danny on ''underway'', his second most wonderful song. interestingly , with ''albatross'' they are peter's 2 greatest songs . danny' s ''my dream'' is another super instrumental . meanwhile ''green manalishi'' and ''man of the world'' are peter's last songs with fleetwood mac. one is an Lsd song( manalishi) , and the other is his best song without danny , as his best songs we now know included some help by danny. he has one more song with danny ; danny gave him a completed ''world in harmony '' , and asked peter to put a solo on it . peter is credited. i wish danny had added his own solo, though . i think there is a kirwan only version that is better. imo , peter went on to create, but nothing remarkable . danny continued to create a sublime magical world of my favorite beautiful songs, maybe 18 more with fleetwood mac, and then 32 + as a solo artist. also, danny plays the lead on ''oh well part 1'', peter's song. moving on, imo danny could have dominated blues and country /western ('' i can tell'' is cool and confident as in ''coming your way'' ) or led the way for a western film style / cowboy music , which is i believe preferable to c/w . peter called danny 'ragtime cowboy joe' . danny's later pastoral songs are pure bliss and timeless( they do not grow old) . finally, it seems to me that coupled with guilt and drugs peter realized that danny was not just a 'wunderkind ' beyond peter's capabilities, but that danny could eclipse everyone in modern music if he wanted to. so peter left . in my world , my little world i have and hold and love danny kirwan , and always welcome him, couldn't ever leave him . he didn't want to eclipse everyone in modern music, but i think that he did. and then he left.