What does it sound like?:
A bootleg, really, but who cares. This is the live performance reported by Junior Wells recently – a fan tape of the never recorded Bluesbreakers lineup featuring future Fleetwood Mac members Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood with Mayall in Holland. First, sound quality. Well, not bad actually. Quite clear and dry, no “back of the room under a greatcoat” about it. The band is remarkably balanced sounding, and the full range is there – you can hear the bass, drums etc all in balance with the vocals, guitars and organ. Then the performances – well, this just adds another underline to the view that Peter Green , here at his peak, was one of the greatest ever blues guitarists. This is pure blues – none of the eclecticism which crept in later with songs like “Man of the world” or “Oh well”. His playing on “San Ho Zay” is quite astonishing – cheeky, lyrical and innovative all in one. Only Jeff Beck usually gets away with this stuff. On the numbers we know from the Beano album he kinda reflects Clapton’s groundbreaking playing, whilst adding a distinctly Green tinge to the phrasing. Those familiar with his playing will have a heart stopping moment where you hear that distinct and unique vibrato thing he does coming through the decades. A word too for the future F Mac rhythm section – swinging like bastards and certainly a mile better than they were on Beano with Hughie Flint. Mayall is Mayall – personally I like him, but the full range of criticisms of his voice etc are available to critics – let’s respect him for having this band in the first place!
What does it all *mean*?
Not much really. It says Peter Green was fantastic – we knew that, or if you are of the “boring blues fretwank” fraternity this won’t convince you as you are already beyond hope.
Goes well with…
I can’t imagine anything it wouldn’t go with. Huge hearted, fiery and dripping with emotion and atmosphere. Already reissue of the year I suspect.
Might suit people who like…
Da blues, maaan.