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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by slauson slim, Aug 14, 2019.
...and John McVie and Mick Fleetwood
What a player! I love Peter Green's playing. Such a sweet warm tone too. Wow. Guitar, lead, amp at volume.
Thanks for posting.
For some reason, this thought occurred to me.......if Mick Fleetwood and John McVie hadn't continued to play together through all the incarnations of Fleetwood Mac, that iconic name would have ceased to exist, at least as a going concern. Another example of Peter Green's genius.
I still think BB King was mostly just being really generous when he said that Peter Green had more talent in his little finger than BB had in his whole (substantial!) body. But, amazingly, I'm not sure he was wrong. To play with that kind of economy and taste and tone at such a young age - good lord... His mental collapse was obviously a great personal tragedy, but it was a hell of a loss for music too. Then again, it may have been part of what fueled his greatness....
There was a discussion on another forum about FM if Peter hadn't had his breakdown. Personally, I think that they would have become a bit of a jam band and played the same circuit as The Dead and ABB. And Christine would have replaced Jeremy Spencer. Stevie and Lindsey would have continued to play the Holiday Inn circuit. YMMV.
It's all speculation, other then the recordings of Peter with John Mayall and early FM.
Funny, and likely true!
I’m neither a Jeremy Spencer nor Nanny Goat Nicks fan.
My favorite live PG from the Shrine 69 recording:
Pardon the unrelated chick in the video.
He was a helluva singer back in the day, too. And like his playing it's hard to put one's finger on exactly why. All those things we take for granted: taste, tone, dynamics...they are all there. Then on top of that is the mysterious X-factor of someone who sounds like they're pouring out their soul.
I thought the quote from BB King was "He (Peter) was the only guitarist who gave me the cold sweats." I think BB could relate since I hear more of his influence in Green's playing than anyone else...especially on the slow minor blues-type songs.
And Greeny was a dangerous man on the bridge pickup of his Les Paul.
it is entertaining and interesting to listen to this John Mayall/Peter Green version of San HoZay, and compare it back-to-back with Freddie King's.
I was at that, and other, Shrine shows in LA. Also saw FM in other places, Fillmore, Whisky, etc. I was and am a PG fan. He spoke to me. I have written it before, but he and Danny Kirwan could make time stand still.
Is the tape speed wrong, or are they playing in weird keys?
If I called F#, my keyboard player would stand up and leave!
This is a great lesson in building tension and release.
What the hell even IS that, when he let's fly during the solo?
I could listen to this over and over.
Seems a bit unfinished, though...eh?
Like it needs a 3rd verse.
I wrote one for when I used to perform it.
Some of Peter Greens 70`s and 80`s recordings are just as good as Fleetwood Mac stuff imo ,just different . One Woman Love, Woman don`t , Fool No More ( In The Skies album version) and many more
These guys ( any version of the Bluesbreakers, credit to John Mayall, as a catalyst or mentor...), really were trying and succeed in playing really authentic Chicago and Country blues- as opposed to rocking it up ( which is just fine too!)- real intensity and soul- just played by Brits.
And when it comes to those guitars, Eric, Peter, and Mick Taylor each had guitars tones that were just on fire- you hear it!
Their amps all sound like they are close to exploding, not with a perceived distortion ( though like Dickey Betts, it's there!) but output making speakers cry...
To be continued with Miick and Danny K., Christine Perfect n Fleetwood Mac- but with their twist...
I LOVE THIS MUSIC!!
this is a real treasure i`d never heard before