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The original album track list ran as follows (35:55 minutes):
1. My Heart Beat Like A Hammer (Jeremy Spencer song) [2:59 minutes]
2. Merry Go Round (Peter Green song) [4:20 minutes]
3. Long Grey Mare (Peter Green song) [2:15 minutes]
4. Hellhound On My Trail (Robert Johnson cover) [2:06 minutes]
5. Shake Your Moneymaker (Elmore James cover) [2:57 minutes]
6. Looking For Somebody (Peter Green song) [2:52 minutes] (End of Side 1)
7. No Place To Go (Howlin' Wolf cover) [3:21 minutes]
8. My Baby's Good To Me (Jeremy Spencer song) [2:51 minutes]
9. I Loved Another Woman (Peter Green song) [2:57 minutes]
10. Cold Black Night (Jeremy Spencer song) [3:17 minutes]
11. The World Keep On Turning (Peter Green song) [2:29 minutes]
12. Got To Move (Homesick James Williamson cover) [3:21 minutes] (End of Side 2)
But this "Box Set" version runs to almost twice the length of the ordinary CD reissue (63:39 minutes):
1. My Heart Beat Like A Hammer (Take 2 Master Version with Studio Talk) [3:33 minutes]
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This is an historic album & very collectable, with a fine & well balanced selection of rugged & rocking blues tracks written by Green & by Spencer, as well as "Hellhound on My Trail" a Robert Johnson song, "Shake Your Money Maker" originally by Elmore James, & "No Place to Go", a Howlin Wolf song.
The sleeve notes for the CD are very informative & explain how the original tapes were resurrected. There is studio talk on this album but it is not overdone & towards the end there are bonus tracks taken from the recording sessions master tapes, some featuring several takes of one song, which are fun to listen to at times, while at other times the listener can choose to stop play after track 12 to hear the original 1968 release only.
The union of Green & Spencer's guitar styles on this record is quite harmonious, in a rocking sort of manner, & guitar buffs who like twelve-bar type blues will find this enjoyable. But you don't have to be a guitar player to appreciate Peter Green's solo acoustic performance on "the World Keep On Turning", a raw gutsy delta blues number written by Green.
It is possible to obtain many of these tracks from budget priced greatest hits compilations but somehow this album has an "original is best" appeal about it.
I consider this CD to be "a must have" for blues fans, & to be one of the very best British blues albums ever recorded.
If you are expecting something similar to the classic Fleetwood Mac of the '70's with Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, then beware--this is totally different music, straight blues. Those three had not appeared in the lineup back when this album came out. The only other member besides the core three from Mayall's band is slide guitar expert Jeremy Spencer.
While Peter Green's vocals are competent in a blues context, I have never been too fond of Spencer's vocals, which appear on the slide guitar-heavy songs. Spencer is an unabashed Elmore James disciple and even does a fair job of mimicking some of the legendary bluesman's vocal nuances and his slide playing is good, but his voice sounds amateurish and boyish. Maybe he improved later on, but here I think Green should have assumed all the vocals.
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Some of the songs here are quite entertaining. I'm more familiar with Fleetwood Mac from a later day, so the earlier incarnation is enlightening. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dhines
Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac was first released on February 24, 1968. The band started it's life splintering off from John Mayall's Bluesbreakers with Peter Green taking Mick... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Grateful Jerry
Wow! This is some of the best blues you ever heard. Be advised, this incarnation of Fleetwood Mac has zero to do with any other Fleetwood Macs. Read morePublished 8 months ago by SUPERMAN
If you think Rumors is the high water mark for Fleetwood Mac, give this a listen. Good, old school blues.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you need me to tell you how great the original Fleetwood Mac were, you need to buy this album.Published 9 months ago by lennyboy