“Fleetwood Mac – Before the Beginning 1968 – 1970 Live & Demo Sessions” (Sony Music)

Part 1 – The Carousel Ballroom / Fillmore West recordings This was the last of six compilations of concert and / or BBC broadcasts from the Peter Green era Fleetwood Mac that were released in 2019 (see: https://smilingcorgipress.com/six-new-releases-of-vintage-peter-greens-fleetwood-mac-in-2019an-overview/ for an overview) All of the sets were drawn from the same source materials, but this collection […]

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Six New Releases of Vintage Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac in 2019 An Overview

2019 saw the beginning of what will surely be a “Classic Rock” goldrush as companies large and small hope to cash in on the expiration of the fifty-year copyright protection (in the U.K.) of musical performances and broadcasts from 1969 forward.  Five different CD collections, and one vinyl exclusive, ranging from no-frills single discs to […]

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BBC Sessions –

John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – January 23, 1967 The recordings made by British blues and rock performers for the broadcast on various BBC outlets in the mid-to-late sixties are almost an alternate history of the bands and the era.  Most of the songs were recorded live, straight through, although some sessions allowed for limited overdubbing.  All […]

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A History of ‘Homework’ – Part 2

When Otis Rush joined the 1966 American Folk Blues Festival European tour, he had not released a record under his own name in four years. Prior to that tour, he had only two songs released in the U.K.; ‘So Many Roads, So Many Trains’ had appeared on the Pye International Chess compilation “The Blues, Volume […]

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Peter Green & Eddie Boyd – The Stroller

At the time that Eddie Boyd joined the 1965 American Folk Blues Festival tour of Europe he had been playing professionally for more than thirty years.  He had recorded his first session as a leader almost twenty-years earlier and in the ensuing decades had released records on nine different labels.  The labels had become progressively […]

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A History of ‘Homework’ – Part 1

A History of ‘Homework’ – Part 1

Worst.  Blog. Title.  Ever. I know, I know – but I wanted to write about the Otis Rush classic and some of it’s many, many covers over the years. Having had a single released under his own name (apparently the label’s last, although I don’t think the two are related) in 1961, Al Perkins’ luck […]

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The Roots of Danny Kirwan’s ‘Like Crying’

Jigsaw Puzzle Blues – On March 04, 2020, Ismael Flores added another piece to the puzzle when he posted this incredible find on the Danny Kirwan (Original Fleetwood Mac) Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/939494226089879/: Buddy Boy Hawkins – Shaggy Dog Blues – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MP355jAGyaY Hawkins is something of a musical apparition; although we know what he looked like, […]

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Classic Singles – Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac’s Debut Part 2 –

The B-Side: ‘Rambling Pony’ The fourteen-year difference in age between John Mayall and the nineteen-year-old Peter Green at the time of Green’s joining The Bluebreakers was a lifetime in terms of life experience. Green moved into the same apartment block as Mayall on Portchester Road in Bayswater, west London, and the two bonded over Mayall’s […]

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Classic Singles – Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac’s Debut 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 Racecourse in Windsor, Berkshire. Although attendance for the Sunday shows are estimated at about 15,000, the band would truly introduce themselves […]

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4 Versions of ‘Thirteen Women’

A couple of weeks ago, I was researching a Little Richard song, studiously following various links, when, like a dog spotting a squirrel, one band name caught my eye: The Renegades.  I had never heard of them before. A photo showed the quartet in American Civil War era calvary uniforms on stage and with hair […]

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