Label: CBS - CSP 013 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation • Country: New Zealand • Genre: Rock, Blues • Style: Blues Rock, Chicago Blues
There are two distinct Fleetwood Mac eras. This lasted froma period when the band were regarded as pre-eminent blues rockers. And they recorded some indelible tracks. Here are the best. A hit single for the Mac, getting to No. Written by bassist John McVie, the track might 6 Hungarian Folksong - Bartók* - Zoltán Kocsis - Zoltán Kocsis Plays Bartók as a seemingly straightforward blues song, but it quickly takes a turn into a more psychedelic routine.
A jaunty romp through the Elmore James song, with Jeremy Spencer doing a fine Stop Messin Around - Fleetwood Mac - The Best Of The Original Fleetwood Mac on the vocals. The band glide through this with a good deal of energy, yet while they never lose respect for the compositional structure, nonetheless the four also add in their own sense of character and dynamic. Green once admitted this song from Then Play On was about masturbation — well, the title gives that away!
A commanding representation of what the band did best — musically, that is — it has enough opportunity for the musicians to get involved in extended jam sessions live.
But the studio version is tight, rhythmic and entertaining. Yes, to most people this is most recognisable as a Santana song, because they had the biggest hit with it.
The chiming, near Latin shuffle offsets the typically composed blues fire. The combination is inspired. An instrumental single that topped the UK charts, this is a brilliant example of the way in which Green and Kirwan complemented one another.
One of the truly great rock instrumentals, the impact is peerless. One of the most abject and haunting songs of the Peter Green era, this is a tale of craving. This is two songs in one. The first part is a high speed blues workout featuring vocals, while the second is a more classically inspired instrumental glide.
The opening section Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley - Opening Night heavy enough to be proto metal, and has some flashing riffage from Green and Kirwan. The latter one is more moody. The combination, though, is inspired. This is among the last songs Green wrote before quitting the band.
An insistent riff carries the rhythm, while Green wails the near impenetrable lyrics. At the time, he was taking a lot of acid, but has always maintained this was about the evils of money. See more Classic Rock features.
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