Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac- The Green Manalishi
I was reading a couple of weeks back that it was the 30th anniversary of the Fleetwood Mac’s “Tango in the Night”. Shit. 30 years. As the old cliche laments, “where did all the time go?”.
It’s not a bad album by any means and I like Lindsey Buckingham’s work, as well as that of the others in fits and starts. $90 on Amazon will see you get a 5-disc party pack that’ll be sure to pop and fizzle away. “Rumours” is still a better album.
Personally, I was always more of a Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac kinda guy. When Green first appeared in the mid-60’s, first with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (replacing Eric Clapton, and in the opinion of many, is the better player, but that’s for another day), then setting up shop with Mick Fleetwood, John McVie et al.
What set Peter Green apart was that he was more than just a “blues covers man”. He was a prolific writer (alongside the other members of the band) with songs such as “Stop Messin’ Round”, “Albatross”, and of course, “Black Magic Woman”, “The Green Manalishi” and so many more. And of course, there’s the the guitar playing.
Peter Green is perhaps known as a prototype guitar prodigy who suffered much personal turmoil, including a deep plunge into drugs, several years “being lost”, and ultimately, a quite miraculous recovery from it all. The documentary “Peter Green Man of the World” details his remarkable story.
“He has the sweetest tone I ever heard; he was the only one who gave me the cold sweats.” – BB King on hearing Peter Green