Songlines: The World is in a Tangle –

Build Myself a Cave / I’m Gonna Dig Myself A Hole The song that Danny Kirwan performed at the Chess Studios on January 04 1969 was a cover of Jimmy Rogers’ recording of the song in 1951. What I’d like to explore here are the songs that Rogers pulled from for his recording, as well […]

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Spotlight: On Danny Kirwan – Part 3 –

Spotlight: On Danny Kirwan – Part 3 –

‘Crazy For My Baby’  a.k.a ‘Without You’ –Home recording / BBC session, August 27, 1968 The second “home recording” that we have was almost certainly recorded at the same time as the first and although I have no way to confirm, or disprove this conjecture, I believe these recordings were made by a French film […]

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Spotlight: On Danny Kirwan – Part 2

Spotlight: On Danny Kirwan – Part 2

‘Wet Weather Blues’ – Danny Kirwan / Peter Green Home Recording The little information that we have about Danny Kirwan in his own words comes from the small number of articles and interviews (none extensive) done when he first joined Fleetwood Mac. That there was not the time, space (or perhaps, interest) in probing some […]

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Jeremy Spencer / Danny Kirwan

Jeremy Spencer / Danny Kirwan

BBC session, “First Gear” July 07, 1970 Fleetwood Mac was close to wrapping up what would be the band’s fourth LP, “Kiln House” (their first without Peter Green) at the time they taped this session for the BBC.  The five songs the band performed for the show, were all included (despite the collection’s title) on […]

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Songlines: Worried Dream – Parts III & IV

Part III: Fleetwood Mac (Konserthuest, Orebro Sweden – Nov. 1969) and John the Revelator (two studio performances) It is just a few weeks short of a full year between the last (incomplete) live recording of Green performing this song in 1968 (see “Worried Dream Part II) and the next available one from 1969. Fleetwood Mac […]

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1st Anniversary of Publication of

1st Anniversary of Publication of

“Fleetwood Mac in Chicago January 4th 1969 – The Legendary Chess Blues Sessions” By Jeff Lowenthal & Robert Schaffner (Schiffer Publishing) November 12th 2023, a chilly Sunday night in Chicago, but inside Reggie’s Chicago, the atmosphere was warm and the music was hot. “Legendary” Jeff Lowenthal (photographer) and Robert Schaffner (author) were celebrating the first […]

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Addendum – BBC recording ‘I’m A King Bee’

This recording has been a thorn in my side for over twenty years.  When I first came across it, I could not find any information as to the performance’s provenance; in all of my research, I could not find any confirmation that showed that the band had ever recorded this song.  The title could not […]

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Addendum: Extended coda to ‘Tell Me All the Things You Do’

Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, CA – February 19, 1971 Fifty-two years after it was recorded and forty-nine years after it first appeared on the bootleg LP, “Merely a Portmanteau’ (The Amazing Kornyphone Record Label) (TAKRL)* the full “Jam” appended to their closing number, ‘Tell Me all the Things You Do’, at the first show that […]

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Peter Green covers Robert Johnson -1968

Radio 1 Session – August 27, 1968 – ‘Preachin’ Blues’ Three months to the day after Green performed a cover of Robert Johnson’s ‘Dead Shrimp Blues’ for the BBC, he chose to do another Johnson song at a marathon session meant to build a backlog of material for broadcast during the band’s upcoming American tour. […]

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