The First Single (Part 3) – The Critical Reaction

This post inaugurates a new series, “From the Files of Bela Swardmark Stephens”.  Mr. Stephens is the leader of the Swedish blues band The Blue Pearls ...

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The First Single (Part 2) – The B-Side: ‘Rambling Pony’

A bit of background on the music that Green sets this number to before we begin. Credited to “Hambone” Willie Newbern, researchers now believe the music ...

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The First Single (Part 1) – The A-Side: ‘I Believe My Time Ain’t Long’

Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac made their public debut on August 13, 1967 at the 7th Annual Jazz, Pop, Ballads & Blues Festival at the Royal Windsor ...

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Worried Dream – Part 4

We’re going to wrap up this series with a look at the final two available performances from Fleetwood Mac. We’ll also take a look at two later covers of ...

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Worried Dream – Part 3

It is just a few weeks short of a full year between the last (incomplete) live recording of Green performing this song in 1968 and the next available one from ...

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Worried Dream – Part 2

Worried Dream – Part 2   Our disappointment in knowing that Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac’s first known performance of ‘Worried Dream’ is the only ...

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Worried Dream – Part 1

B.B. King B.B. King: guitar & vocal / Other musicians not known Released, A-side Bluesway 45 August 1967 Released on Blues on Top of Blues (Bluesway ...

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The Henry Björklund Tapes, Part 4

I first came across a reference to this performance ten years ago, in Christopher Hjort’s “Strange Brew – Eric Clapton & the British Blues Boom 1965 ...

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The Henry Björklund Tapes, Part 3

Through correspondence with Mr. Björklund, he confirmed that the next song immediately followed the previous recording from this show (see: https://smilingc...

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The Henry Björklund Tapes, Part 2

Part 1 of this series was a recording of Peter Green during his days as a Bluesbreaker.  The next two recordings were made approximately fifteen months later ...

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