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on August 24, 2004
RHINO put this lil' video out back in '94(6?)chronicling the years peter green led the group.
i've read the other reviews and while some people grow tired of the lip synching found throughout this video i still find it interesting and very much enjoyable.
here is my run-down of the contents of this video:
begins with a very quick spoken summation of the years peter led the group while the song black magic woman plays in the background and various photo's and home movies are shown.
a black and white clip follows with alan price (ex-animals organist,then, apparently with his own television variety show)introducing the pre-kirwin formation of the group performing two songs, both lip synched(the dreaded lip synch!)but both peter and jeremy spencer having quite a frolicking time as jeremy mouths the vocals for heartbeat like a hammer and shake your moneymaker that were actually sung on record by peter. i love this clip because jeremy is loving pretending to sing the peter vocals and over to his left, looming in the foreground when the camera cuts to a full band shot, peter is all smiles and grins and even though the guitars are not plugged in, pete is wrapping his fingers and wrist around that neck like honey on a warm day. not sure what that means but, to watch the master, green, slide around on his guitar so effortlessly and fluidly is a joy to behold. and believe me, the man is all smiles-happy and confident.
this clip alone makes it worth it for me.
next up is a black and white clip three song mini-concert live before a real audience (you can hear a pin drop between songs-oh those were the days!).
first song sung by jeremy. yes, live, not lip synched. jeremy sings 'i'm worried' while getting in some slide licks on the side.
new addition, danny kirwin, takes the next song, a "klirwin" (as it's printed on the case) original 'like it this way'. lots of good mid range views of danny playing and singing. i point this out because for the most part this entire 3 song live set was filmed in constant.....constant facial closeups! back in the 60's film makers had an OBSESSION to film groups in this nothing but close up of the face style-so frustrating to ME, at least, because i would like the camera to at least ONCE IN A WHILE, pull back and let us look at the whole group as they're performing.
but, this is not to denegrate this video as a whole. it's more a complaint lodged at the style of filming that seemed to be the primer back then.
so, it's kind of nice when the camera pulls back to film danny from waist up playing and singing.
now, all this time during these 2 songs, the camera very sparcely gets a quick shot in of peter.
but this changes with song #3 because as danny has broken a string during his song and needs a few to get a new string(these are the pre-guitar techy days) peter takes the opportunity to treat us to a solo performance of his song world keep on turning.
the rest of the band retreats to the rear of the stage and peter displays his exquisite fretwork and soulful singing .
this is big pay-off #2 for me.
not to be missed.
after a series of still photographs of the group are shown with the song stop messing around playing in the background, we are transported to a color film clip from another television studio with live audience as a girl with a guitar introduces the group performing (performing to the record i should say) their big hit albatross.
now even though they are not performing the song live, i still get a big kick watching peter playing to this song. the man is all smiles and in just such obvious good spirits. his attitude is positively infectious!
and the song albatross-so dreamy and light as a cloud. did you all know that after john lennon heard this song he was inspired to write the music to the song 'because' from abbey road?
next on the video is very nice television studio film clip of the group playing to the record 'need your love so bad' .
the visual brightness and crispness of this clip makes this really nice to look at.
followed by, what for me, is the low point of the tape which is a black and white film clip of the group lip synching to the song 'man of the world' . as bright and clean as the previous clip was, this clip is murky, dark and unflattering. by the way, for once, the camera pulls back to get the whole group in one stage shot but pulls SO far back that they almost look like tiny soldiers.
next is a black and white 2-song set filmed before a television studio audience. the group are playing live here-not to the record.
first song is a real treat-a duet of danny and peter as they play and sing dannys' song from the 'then play on' album-a song called 'like crying'. price of the video #3.
2nd song is a song written by jeremy called 'linda' that is an obvious tribute to the musical style of buddy holly.
incorporating the signature vocal hiccup of the late great one , it's also fun to see danny and peter paired up at one mic singing the background ohhhhh's and ahhhhh's.
next on the tape is a short interview with peter and interviewer filmed during what appears to be a primitive cable-access (before the days of cable tv) tv show.
after this interview the band play a shortened version of the song 'oh well'. this is the record too-not a live performance.
also black and white.
then comes fun time! the group make an appearance at hugh hefners' playboy pad on the legendary tv show playboy after dark.
they perform a live version of, appropriately, 'rattlesnake shake'. here again we are met with a beaming, couldn't be happier peter green.
i get some kind of joy watching an unburdened peter green just enjoying himself singing and playing.
the grand finale is an extended segment featuring the last song peter recorded with his fleetwood mac buddies titled 'the green manalichi'. the segment intersperses a green-tint view of the band playing the song along with a hodge-podge of images, home movies and trippy day-glo happenings.
i recommend this lil' video and believe you can find the pleasure i did watching it.
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VINE VOICEon December 27, 2000
This is the early fleetwood mac, so if you are a Peter Green fan this is a must. The only problem is that not all the songs that are advertised in the back of the video ara actually played, no black magic woman, stop messing round or green manalishi performances here, just collages. But there are also some very good live performances of oh well, world keep on turning, and like crying like dying. And some lip-synch as well in albatross and man of the world. But overall is great.
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on October 5, 2003
Peter Green looked oh so uncomfortable throughout this video of mostly Milli Vanilli Mac performances from early European TV shows. One wonderful exception is the band's appearance on Hugh Heffner's "Playboy At Night" TV show. Heff makes incredibly vacuous "conversation" with someone at the mansion while segueing into an intro of the band. The camera pans to the Mac surrounded by Bunnies, Peter Green in his "Jesus" attire, grinning from ear to ear as they launch into..."Rattlesnake Shake"! Early reality TV! Surreal!
This is definitely for Peter Green Mac fans. I can't imagine casual viewers enjoying much of this. But, I'm a fan and I did despite the lip-synching and brevity of the entire product.
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on January 21, 2000
As a long time Fleetwood Mac fan I was thoroughly impressed with this video. How often do you get to see what I refer to as "no machine" unsynthisized electric blues from the original Britain blues heroes? For you folks that are wise enough to view this, check out the mastery of John McVie on his bass guitar. If watching Danny Kirwan play does not tell you that this band was way before their time then there is no hope for your music eticate. I almost took away half of a star after watching their performance of Albatross and Mick Fleetwood missing the drums and cymbols as he played, but I took into consideration the technology that was involved and the lack of it. There is no mistaken that these guys would be able to tear the roof off the place in a live concert. I for one wish that this type of raw energy combined with musical genius was more prevelant today.
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on April 26, 2000
Of the fifteen songs only four are live, the rest lip-synchs.Not much history or interviewseither.
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on November 17, 2012
This is the only video (story) recording during Peter Green's playing days that I know. There are some good YouTube videos of individual songs but this video is more comprehensive. The reason I bought it was just to have it. I think Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac in 1969 and very early 1970 was the finest rock n' roll/blues band that existed, maybe better than anyone since. (With the Allman Bros. a close second at the time). PG's FM played in Boston one night when the Stones also played at another venue. Fleetwood Mac outdrew the Stones. PG's FM sold more records in 1969 than the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined.
Peter Green played with so much soul and feel, oh he could play fast, but it's said that he never wasted a note.
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on May 17, 2000
This dvd is dfinetily a must, for anybody who's into the british blues boom, of the late '60's. Leaded by probably the most emotional electric guitarist ever to handle a Gibson Les Paul. Nobody played with such finesse and fluidity, as Peter Green and Fleetwood Mac, in their heyday! And it's a disaster to this kind of music that Peter Green gave up his life, in the way he did. However, having read his biograph, I can see that. Anyway, for anyone who's into english blues, this dvd is a wise investment! In wiew of the technical level at the time, the sound and picture isn't perfect on all tracks, but be that as it may. This dvd's real value are as a timepiece!
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on January 9, 2012
I enjoyed this very much. Not quite as bad as some mention here with the lip syncing as I was still able to appreciate their music. It was great to see Peter Green happy and enjoying himself. The music is wonderful and still current for me. I have always loved and continue to love Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac!!!
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on February 12, 2007
I can't believe we waited for 2 months to finally get this and what a disappointment. Only 54 minutes long and it cost a fortune. Most of the tracks were either dubbed or performed while some psuedo-psychadelic images danced across the screen. The openning narrative went so fast it was hard to keep all the dates straight. On the up side it was a treat to actually see the original Fleetwood Mac perform together albeit through poor camera angles and blurred images. It's crap, don't waste your money (like we did).
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on March 19, 2013
This video follows the band in their Bitish blues heyday. This is long before the the pop rock band that most people are familiar with. The music and the video are raw and capture the time in which they were made. I highly recommend this to anyone who is into rock and roll history.
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