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An Evening With Peter Green Splinter Group in Concert (2003)

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  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
  • Run Time: 147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AOV7Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,517 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This concert, recorded in England in 2003, is made up of two sets. The first is a pared down acoustic set of predominantly vintage blues finished off by the all time Fleetwood Mac classic Albatross, one of the most popular instrumentals ever written. The second is a full on rocking electric set combining blues tracks, Splinter Group originals and Fleetwood Mac classics including Man Of The World, Black Magic Woman and The Green Manalishi.

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.

Track Listing:
Acoustic Set:
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
7. Albatross

Electric Set:
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

Bonus Features:
* Interview with The Splinter Group
* European Tour film
* Juke Box
* Discography
* Original promo video for the track Real World


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4.0 out of 5 stars Does Peter really play? October 1, 2003
Format:DVD
Since Nigel Watson coaxed 60s legend Peter Green out of retirement in the late 1990s, and formed the Splinter Group, there's been controversy about how much Green --- the marquee player of the band --- really contributes. Watson reportedly does most of the heavy lifting on guitar, adopting a style based on Green's brilliant work of 30+ years ago. This concert video gives you the chance to see for yourself.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This Is An Interesting Concert! April 13, 2004
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I must say this is an interesting presentation. After reading the previous review and as a guitarist for 40 years, I was very curious about this DVD. I first re-bought the old "Hard Road" CD after getting Mayall's 70th Birthday Concert. I thought Green on Hard Road (an album I personally had not heard since 1970) was excellent and it contained perhaps Mayall's best straight Blues writing attempts. Anyway, I saw this DVD and got it!

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Emotions October 10, 2003
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When Peter Green made his first trip back to the USA in 1998 his first stop was Wilberts in Cleveland and I drove 4 hours to see him. Having seen a BBC documentary and a German Ohne Filter show just before going I knew what to expect. Yes, this isn't the same Peter Green that in my opinion was the best blues guitarist to ever come out of Britain, bar none. Peter obviously has had a lot to overcome and if you read his biography you'll understand what a miracle it is that he is even able to stand on stage. The room at Wilberts was so full of love and understanding it was one of the most memorable concerts I have ever attended. That is how you have to view this dvd, with love and understanding for one of the kindest most gentle, and talented human beings I've ever met.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Green's Still Good December 10, 2003
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He's still good and so is Splinter Group. His band does the best interpretations of Robert Johnson tunes of anyone I've heard to date. The acoustic section is especially good and the band is tight. Definitely check out the acoustic version of Albatross, nice interplay between Green and Nigel Watson
Good show!
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