Peter Green RIP

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May your sweet tones follow you on the journey.

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I had just seen that myself....truly sad.....he did have some sweet tones

I've been a big Fleetwood Mac fan but really only from their pop hit incarnation. Those two albums are pure gold to me. Imagine my surprise years after those albums came out when I learned one of my favorite songs, Oh Well, was actually an earlier Fleetwood Mac song!

R.I.P. Peter Green. Sad

@johnstaples. I felt the same way with Black Magic Woman.

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@JamKar @johnstaples Same here being shocked by how many great songs they actually wrote when I first heard that Santana version of Black Magic Woman it was one of those I swore I had heard before but just couldn't place it....wasn't until browsing some store or another found an old Fleetwood Mac 45 of it (early 70s maybe even a 69 release if not mistaken) and it dawned on me

A band I was in long ago did Oh Well, fun tune

Fun tunes and sweet tones? WTF the guy was a bloody genius, nobody played minor blues like Greeny, and the string of hit singles he wrote in the late 60s (Oh Well, Man of The World,The Green Manalishi, Rattlesnake Shake, Need Your Love So Bad, Black Magic Woman, and Albatross, was astonishing.
Fleetwood Mac were just another British Blues Boom group but when Green added Danny Kirwan on guitar they created something sublime. Unfortunately that line up only made one album Then play On and the definitive album of the time has to be the Greatest Hits. But they were gigging relentlessly and YouTube has so many amazing clips of live TV specials and gigs from that time where the band are incredible and Greens playing gives you shivers. That's the best way to hear the band and the legend
Tragically it was after a German gig he got almost kidnapped by some German commune who fed him vast quantities of psychedelics and when he reappeared weeks later his mind was completely blown. Severe mental illness ensued, and he disappeared for years. The only news I remember of him was when he turned up at his solicitors with a shotgun because he wanted to stop all royalties from his songs!!
He got forgotten, Fleetwood Mac got in Buckingham and Nicks and went stellar, then Gary Moore adopted Green's blues style as a sincere tribute to Green, but new listeners unfortunately heard it as being Moore's own, and I felt even more sorry for him.
When he reappeared in the 80s the magic had evaporated and sadly I can't listen to anything he did from then onwards.

The pre-psychedelic-drugged Peter Green I think is what predisposed me to the blues. Oh Well. RIP

No they weren't just another British blues boom group. Their first LP was 1967, at a time when all the other groups who had started with blues had well and truly moved on to other things followingRevolver and Sgt Pepper's coming out.

Fleetwood Mac however started the first ever retro blues band in amongst the psychedelia, and continued to play their own brand of British blues just like John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, even though the entire scene was doing something else. Even so, all of those songs, Man of the World, Albatross, Green Manalishi, Black Magic Woman, Oh Well (part 1 ONLY though!) were total groundbreakers, and really weren't blues at all. Much more of a departure even than tracks like Shapes of Things by the Yardbirds or Hi Ho silver Lining by Jeff Beck. I also have to say i think their first two albums were excellent, and really did follow the tradition of British blues from about five years earlier, their groundbreakers were mainly released as singles. Can't really agree that the 1971 Greatest Hits LP is the best LP to get by them. It has several tracks from the first two LPs, and misses off a couple of very good singles, and worst of all, it includes that tedious b-side of Oh Well, right in the middle of a side so you have to get up and move the needle forward every time you listen to it! I really would recommend their first two albums and the "Original Fleetwood Mac"LP that was released right after Peter Green left the band (all the leftover stuff featuring that lineup of the band) before i'd recommend 1971 Greatest Hits.

But Peter Green did not have much understanding or support in his day, and he apparently couldn't take the exploitation and hard living that went with that lifestyle back then. I'm happy to see he's one of the ones that actually lived to a ripe old age, compared with many of his contemporaries, actually!

Love Fleetwood Mac! Love playing them while driving my black Challenger. Takes me back to my youth. Sad about Peter. Listening to. “Black Magic Woman” - love it!