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Shrine 69 Live

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Mick Fleetwood himself sequenced and approved this release of a January 1969 concert at LA's Shrine Exposition Hall. Legendary soundman Stuart "Dinky" Dawson captured Mick, Peter Green, John McVie, Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan as they tore through a very blue set, including Great Balls of Fire; Blue Suede Shoes; If You'll Be My Baby; Rolling Man , and more!

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Don't buy this from-the-vaults salvage project to hear a live version of "Songbird." Shrine '69 documents a 1969 performance by the storied 1968-1970 lineup led by guitarist Peter Green and featuring only two members of the outfit in its famous mid-'70s incarnation--bassist John McVie and drummer Mick Fleetwood. Green was Eric Clapton's successor in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and, like Clapton, he was a piercing B.B. King-influenced guitarist and agreeable vocalist. Early Mac boasted a three-guitar attack with Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan complementing the gifted Green. A live version of the English hit "Albatross" showcases the talent of the English blues band. On the other hand, the set ends with a bizarrely smutty cover of "Blue Suede Shoes" as Spencer bangs away at the piano and boasts about the size of his johnson. The rant is all the stranger considering that within two years he'd leave the band in midtour to join a religious cult. By then, Green had already quit and announced he was giving all his money away. Kirwan was fired in 1972, leaving Fleetwood and Mac to soldier on. And the rest, as they say, is history. --Steven Stolder

1. Tune Up
2. If You Be My Baby
3. Something Inside For Me
4. My Sweet Baby
5. Albatross
6. Before The Beginning
7. Rollin' Man
8. Lemon Squeezer
9. Need Your Love So Bad
10. Great Balls Of Fire

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 22, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: June 22, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B00000JFRL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,619 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Don Schmittdiel on March 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Most Fleetwood Mac discs from the Peter Green era feature a wide divergence of musical genres, given the varying interests of Green, Danny Kirwin and Jeremy Spencer, but this January, 1969 performance at the 4,000 person capacity Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles is deeply rooted in the blues. The band was playing a warm-up set for Frank Zappa that evening, from which sound engineer Stuart "Dinky" Dawson has culled nine tracks totaling just over forty minutes. I don't consider the opening "track", 'Tune Up', to be a legitimate number as it is, literally, the band tuning up before being introduced.

Fleetwood Mac's 'Shrine '69' can be divided into three segments. In the opening trio of songs, each of the band's guitarists takes a turn performing a traditional blues track. Peter Green opens with the classic, slow-tempo, slightly funky blues sounds of 'If You Be My Baby'. Danny Kirwin, not generally known for his blues compositions, offers up 'Something Inside of Me', and third guitarist Jeremy Spencer follows that with a rendition of James Williamson's 'My Baby Sweet'. Green delivers some guitar leads straight from the gut on the first two tracks, while Spencer's smooth slide guitar graces the third.

The middle segment features three Peter Green compositions, beginning with the familiar, rich and lofty 'Albatross', which Green introduces as "our latest single". Track six, 'Before the Beginning' indulges us in more of Green's blues, with lead guitar runs that seem to make welling tears audible. The final song in this trio is 'Rollin' Man' a jumpin' blues-rock number with a fat, fuzzy lead guitar from Green and a great foundational bass hook from John McVie that drives the tune.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Meho Midjich on October 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I gave this cd 5 stars. It is not well recorded or preserved. It is ridiculously uneven with several weak tracks. BUT THE GEMS! Absolutely nothing I've ever heard from Peter Green or anyone else beats "Need Your Love So Bad". His playing and singing have opened my heart and sent streams of tears down my face countless times. This performance ALONE would rate this cd 5 stars. But, there's the haunting beauty of "Before the Beginning". Out from the muffled recording comes Green's soaring guitar reminding me of how much he influenced Santana. Just beautiful. Also, there's a scalding version of "If You Be My Baby" that has a brief "dropout".
All three of these tracks are "flawed" in some way. Yet they are among the best things I've heard in almost 40 years of listening to music. The power of Green's playing overcomes all, much as is the case with the blues in general. Who complains about the "quality" of Robert Johnson's recordings? This is the BLUES. Its music that MOVES people. If you want slick, pass on this. If you want to experience the most incredible combination of intensity and tenderness, GET THIS CD!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J KRUZ on November 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The quality of this recording, while a bit weathered and lackluster in spots, does not overshadow the greatness of the performance.This was my first experience with Peter Green's Mac, and when I first heard this, I realized what all the fuss was about. This performance is at times, scary. Makes me wonder what might have been had the three ill-fated guitarists on this disc not lost their marbles. This disc is stronger than the Tea Party discs, although those are essential too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is the live Fleetwood Mac album that you have to have! Some of the others are diluted by the drunken Vince Vance and the Valiants Alter-Ego of the Mac. Here, thankfully, only Great Balls of Fire is a waste of space. The rest is absolutely smoken'
Peter Green just burns, absolutely feroscous playing. Before the Beginning is much better than the final studio version. Listen to the solo and you will understand why B.B. King said Greeny was the only one who made him sweat. The worst thing about the CD is it ends way too soon. This was a warm-up show for The Mothers of Invention and they were time limited that night,too bad because P.G. definetly was ON.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The popular trend today is to rerelease old material from bands long gone or long dead. Some are best left where they rest. But, this recording is supurb. Peter Green shows the stuff that made B.B.King sweat. For those with an aversion to Jeremy Spencer heavey albums, relax, this is Peter Green heavy with only one real Spencer showing. "Shrine" is a cd of what a blues band does best; playing the blues! And, this was the best blues band of the '60s, and maybe ever.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By tim charles on October 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Peter Green's playing is outstanding on this album, particularly on the poignant "Need Your Love so Bad" and the "achingly beautiful "Before the Beginning". For sheer feel, his playing cannot be bettered. It's a close call but I prefer it to the 3CD Boston set, which although containing some superb guitar work, principally on "Let me Love You", the two versions of "Jumping at Shadows" and "Black Magic Woman", is over-long, and rather uneven because it suffers from too much Jeremy Spencer, whose Elmore James impersonations on slide guitar were far too repetitive, (I also find the rock and roll tracks somewhat tedious). By comparison, this set is taut, pertinent and I believe, showcases the band at their fluent best.
I just wish there were more tracks gathering dust in a vault somewhere...
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