Album Remarks & Appraisals:
2004 remastered reissue of 1977 compilation replaces 'Mighty Cold', 'Jumping At Shadows' (Live), 'Someone's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In...', & 'Man Of Action' with 'Watch Out' (Take 1), 'Something Inside Of Me', 'Something Inside Of Me' (Take 2), 'Something Inside Of Me' (Take 3), 'One Sunny Day', 'Without You', & 'Coming Your Way'. Includes expanded booklet with detailed notes & photos. Blue Horizon.
Fleetwood Mac: Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood.
Engineers: Martin Ross, Martin Birch, Stuart Dinky Dawson.
Recorded between 1967 & 1969.
Digitally remastered by Andy Pearce.
Contains four previously unreleased bonus tracks.
Fleetwood Mac: Peter Green (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Jeremy Spencer (vocals, guitar, piano); Christine Perfect (piano); John McVie (bass guitar); Mick Fleetwood (drums, rub-board).
THE ORIGINAL FLEETWOOD MAC comprises previously unissued material by the Peter Green-led late-'60s incarnation of Fleetwood Mac. (The band would go on to great commercial success in the 1970s with a different line-up). Though Green's Fleetwood Mac was rooted in the tradition of electric Chicago blues on the order of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, the group developed a fiery sound that also featured a solid dose of '60s psychedelic rock. Green's fleet-fingered leads soar through his distortion-heavy amp and are complemented by the slide guitar of Jeremy Spencer, and the gut-punch rhythms of Mick Fleetwood (drums) and John McVie (bass).
The material on THE ORIGINAL includes a number of cuts from the sessions for the band's first album, false starts, alternate versions, between-song chatting, and remixes. But the set is far from a fans-only collector's item; the material is uniformly strong, displaying the ensemble's usual blend of exacting musicianship (especially on the part of Green) and edgy, ragged energy. Trivia fact: The tune "Worried Dream," included here, is one of the band's earliest recordings with pianist Christine Perfect, who would marry bassist McVie and become one of Fleetwood Mac's primary singer/songwriters.
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