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Don't Get too excited about Peter performing!,
This review is from: An Evening With Peter Green Splinter Group in Concert (DVD)
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. It is an accurate record of the band in performance, but the hyperbole on the DVD should be avoided: Green isn't 'captured in full flight' and barely goes through the motions here. Whether that is because he still lacks confidence on-stage or whether it can be attributed to his admission that he can no longer play what he hears in his head, is open to speculation.
Nothing approaches the guitarist's work in the late sixties, or arguably that of his comeback work a decade later. Everybody mellows as they get older, (Clapton is on record as saying his 'chops were at their finest' in the Bluesbreakers/Cream period) but on this evidence, one would have to doubt whether Green still has the ability not only to play but also to improvise. What is most revealing and poignant is the sight of Nigel Watson duplicating Green's style on 'Black Magic Woman', 'The Green Manalishi' and 'The Man of the World' while the latter fills in on rhythm in the background.
'The Stumble' is acceptable, as long as you don't have a copy of Mayall's 'A Hard Road' and on 'Little Red Rooster' his timing seems off and his playing certainly lacks fire 'I believe My Time Ain't Long'. However, there is some pleasant wah-wah pedal work on 'Must Be a Fool'.
The Splinter Group disbanded when Green 'disappeared' in late 2003, unable or unwilling to continue touring. One had thought that this might prove a strain for a man who had been uncomfortable with this side of the business and still lacked confidence to play in public. Four years later, he started touring again with a scaled down band, playing his 'greatest hits' with a very ordinary outfit and the results can be viewed on 'You Tube' where you can judge for yourself.
The only reason to buy this DVD or indeed to seen him live if you have wistful memories of the man in his prime and haven't heard or seen the shadow of the former guitarist he now is.