Post by Kate B Post by Sid Nuncius Post by Rosalind Mitchell Post by Rosalind Mitchell Post by Sid Nuncius
A fine guitarist,
A sad, sad life.
So sad. The perfect foil for Peter Green in the One, the Only True,
Fleetwood Mac (accept no substitutes). May he soar like an albatross.
Agreed. I don't know whether you bothered with the YouTube link,
but I was surprised to see DK playing the bluesy lead bits while PG
did the backing riff - not to mention Jeremy Spencer, also a
terrific guitarist, doing nothing but shake maracas (not even his
Er...was there another Fleetwood Mac, then? :o)
There have been rumours but I doubt it.
In fairness, the Buckingham/Nicks incarnation recorded some very good
pop songs, and you have to give them Songbird, surely, even if it is
effectively a solo Christine Perfect track.
My problem is just with the name, really. Fleetwood Mac, as you say,
was Greeen, Kirwan, Spencer, Fleetwood and McVie. What followed was a
good pop band, but not Fleetwood Mac, IMO.
I no nuffink of any of this. But a book I'm reading features many arcane
references to Fleetwood Mac and their music appears to form a kind of
soundtrack to parts of the narrative. Where do I start?
That depends on when the book is set. (I'd love to know what the book
From 1967-1970, they were headed by the genius blues guitarist Peter
Green of whom the legendary BB King said "He was the only one that gave
me the cold sweats." They were primarily a blues band, although they did
some very fine other stuff, too, including a monster hit with the
instrumental Albatross. They carried on for a bit after Green's
departure in 1970 (following a bad reaction to some drugs, from which
he never really recovered) making less distinguished music in a similar
vein until the band was effectively taken over in 1974 by Lindsey
Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, a folk-rock American couple who turned
Fleetwood Mac into a sophisticated pop band. In 1977 they released the
album Rumours - still one of the best-selling albums ever, and full of
well-written and expertly produced pop tunes.
So...for the Peter Green end of things, you could try these:
Need Your Love So Bad:
Black Magic Woman:
The Green Manalishi (one of my favourite tracks ever):
Man Of the World (arguably the saddest song ever written):
For the Buckingham/Nicks era, you can hear the whole of Rumours here:
(For me, the finest song is Songbird by Christine Perfect, but try some
others to get more of a feel for the band then.)
If there are specific references which you'd like decoded, there are
plenty of umrats who would enjoy them I think. I would.
For a very large value of "bad".
Sid (Make sure Matron is away when you reply)