All Over Again (I Got a Mind to Give Up Living) Part 2

There is little reason to believe that the Paul Butterfield Blues Band played the song any differently when they undertook a two week tour of England from October 20, through November 06, 1966, to promote the release of “East-West”.

A theater tour, they were packaged with Gunnell Agency acts such as Georgie Fame, Chris Farlowe, Geno Washington and Eric Burdon.

When that ended, they stayed another two weeks, doing club shows.

A little more than a month later, the band’s studio recording of the number was released as the B-side of a single (‘Come on In’ was the A-side) released in the U.K.

The next available version is a bootleg recording (with all of the inherent drawbacks that usually implies), of the Black Cat Bones, part of a live recording from a show at The Marquee Club in 1968.

If the bootleg claims are true that it is Paul Kossoff on lead guitar and Simon Kirke on drums, the recordings would have had to have been made before April of 1968.

For a deeper exploration of these recording, and who may be playing on them, see: Contemporaries: Black Cat Bones (coming soon).

While it seems strange that the Butterfield Blues Band’s live performance would retain its influence over a band two years after the fact, the arrangement here owes far more to the live version than the studio one.

At almost eleven minutes in length, this performance is close to five minutes longer than the BBB’s live version.  Unfortunately, they don’t do much with all that extra time.

There is a nice extended intro (little more than a minute in length), a two minute break about halfway through the number and even a harp break (just under a minute) but the length is mainly due to the foot dragging pace and the fact that the song is sung twice.

The singer’s mumbled moan of a vocal (undoubtedly exacerbated by the poor quality of the recording) undermines any real emotional impact the number might have taken on.

Our first available recording of Fleetwood Mac performing the song is from the College of Distributive Trade, London, March 14, 1969 almost a year after the Black Cat Bones recording.

Once again, this performance seems to use BBB’s live performances as its template, but where he takes it is far beyond what the other two bands did with it.

We’ll look into this first available recording by Fleetwood Mac and others in the next Post.

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