An Evening With Peter Green Splinter Group in Concert
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Peter Green is universally accepted as one of the greatest blues guitarists of all time. Only Eric Clapton can challenge him as a white man playing the blues. BB King famously said of Peter Green "He's the only white guy to ever make me sweat." Green first came to notice as a member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in the late 60's, where he replaced Clapton as lead guitarist. He left the band and took with him drummer Mick Fleetwood and bass player John McVie to form Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. Peter Green's troubles since his departure from Fleetwood Mac in the early 70's are well documented. After a number of years in the wilderness he returned in the mid 90's in the guise of the Peter Green Splinter Group who have since gone from strength to strength and seen Green recapture the magic of his early days.
1. Hitch Hiking Woman
2. Sweet Home Chicago
3. Dead Shrimp Blues
4. Can You Tell Me Why (a.k.a. Legal Fee Blues)
5. Little Queen Of Spades
6. Hell Hound On My Trail
1. I Believe My Time Ain't Long
2. Running After You
3. Little Red Rooster
4. Ain't Nothing Gonna Change It
5. Shadow On My Door
6. Must Be A Fool
7. The Stumble
8. Cool Down
9. Man Of The World
10. Dangerous Man
11. Need Your Love So Bad
12. Real World
13. The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown)
14. Black Magic Woman
15. Look On Yonder Wall
* Interview with The Splinter Group
* European Tour film
* Juke Box
* Original promo video for the track Real World
Top Customer Reviews
There are two sets, an acoustic set made up of blues standards, including the Robert Johnson covers for which the band is noted. Then there's an electric set in which the Splinter Group performs original compositions, concluding with two of Peter Green's old songs. This has been the formula since the band's inception: new arrangements of the Green classics; blues covers, and new material by the other members of the band.
Those other members play well, and this is an enjoyable concert. Sadly, however, Peter Green does not do very much. His voice, never strong since his return from retirement, is very shaky. (Significantly, Nigel now sings "Need Your Love So Bad", since Peter is no longer able to hit the higher notes at all.) And while Green plays some harp, and some guitar, it's really Nigel who's doing the work here. There are one or two spots where Green seriously gets to work, but for the most part he picks indifferently at his guitar, backing Nigel's fiery solos with a few notes here and there.
The disc also includes an interview segment, and here Peter looks and sounds even worse. I could barely understand a word he said.Read more ›
Peter Green to me was always an enigma. He came out of the blue and took Clapton's place in the Bluesbreakers and then went off to form Fleewood Mac. Not being a fan of the latter band, I never really listened to their bluesy interpretations. I thought Green in 1967 was better than Clapton and he certainly could perform vocals better-his version of "You Don't Love Me" is one of Mayall's best recordings! Of course not enough can be said of Green's masterpiece instrumental "The Supernatural". The Stumble (even with a big mistake in one chrous) is the best Freddie King instrumental copy ever done!
This DVD is down memory lane. I think the band is fairly competent, but not great. They are ok musicians and show a great love for the Blues. Peter Green is still an enigma (probably why I love this DVD!) He can hardly talk, but the NUANCE of his playing is fabluous-if you are a guitaist you can see it! His slide, while not as good (now) as, say, Mick Taylor, it is tinged with Elmore James on the high strings. He plays well on the first two Electric Set numbers. I was also really impressed with his harp playing! He is much better than John Mayall and has great tone and bending (still?). But his guitar playing for a guy his age (three years older than me!) is still very good.
Nigel Watson is an ok lead guitarist.Read more ›
The band behind him is really pro. Nigel Watsons guitar work is very tasty. It's hard to believe that when he met Peter (through his sister who was married to Fleetwood Mac's manager at one time)he was working construction. The rest of the band is a pleasure to listen to.
Enjoy it for what it is, and if you want to see the classic Fleetwood Mac lineup search out a copy of Fleetwood Mac The Early Years that was released on DVD a few years ago.
It's just great to see Peter enjoying life again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm so glad that Peter Green is back playing music. Also, get the early Fleetwood Mac albums to get a better sound of the raw blues that he can play.Published 2 months ago by Jeffrey W.
I know there was a lot of rumors about how Peter didn't really play???, at first he was a little hesitant, but once he got back to the guitar it as all good. Read morePublished 9 months ago by drsplash
If you're looking for some mesmerizing work by Peter Green, move on to something else. If you're looking for a good set of blues by a group of good blues players, then spend your... Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Crazyhorse
I'm an old Peter Green fan back when he lead Fleetwood Mac in the late 60's. I don't know if anyone else is aware of the fact that some times when a person gets older they tend to... Read morePublished on June 25, 2010 by M. Huber
The only live record of the now defunct Splinter Group is a pleasant, pub-rock run through of blues classics, Splinter Group originals and Peter Green's compositions. Read morePublished on March 15, 2010 by T. Charles
As being a fan through the years I was been expecting too much from this one.Pete hardly touches the strings.His sidekick Nigel does all the work. Read morePublished on May 26, 2005 by J. J. H. Boon