Songlines: ‘Me and My Telephone’ / ‘The World Keep On Turning’

Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis and Peter Green The first time that I came across the name Maxwell Street Jimmy Davis was in 1999; in a conversation with Mike Vernon printed in the booklet to “Fleetwood Mac – The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions 1967 – 1969”, Peter Green mentions him as one of the musicians that […]

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Peter Green covers Robert Johnson 1968 – Part Two

Peter Green covers Robert Johnson 1968 – Part Two

BBC session, Radio One’s “Top Gear” – May 27, 1968 – ‘Dead Shrimp Blues’ ‘Dead Shrimp Blues’ was the third song that Robert Johnson recorded on the third day of  his first recording session in 1936. It was released as the B-side to his third release in 1937. It would be a full thirty years […]

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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: A “New” recording of ‘Oh Well’

The “new” (unfortunately incomplete) recording came to my attention as I was making my way through one of the three collections of “unreleased” BBC recordings that were posted to YouTube early in 2022.  I thank Dutch Greenologist Gert Jan Kuiper for bringing those collections to my attention.  Two of the collections were identical with one […]

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Eddie Boyd –

Cuby + The Blizzards and Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac Eddie Boyd was already a veteran bluesman when he first went to Europe as a performer with the American Folk Blues Festival ’65.  He had first recorded under his own name in 1947 and when a successful but often contentious seven-year stint with Chess records ended […]

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Addendum: Danny Kirwan – The Boilerhouse Acetates Part 4 –

‘Silly Mean Old World’ & ‘Tell Me Mama’ The last two titles that Boilerhouse recorded are both variations of existing songs. T-Bone Walker’s ‘Mean Old World’ recorded in 1942 but not released until 1945, is considered a milestone in the history of electric guitar. It was covered by B.B. King in 1964 and by Otis […]

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Addendum: Danny Kirwan – The Boilerhouse Acetates

Part One “Danny was outstanding – he had a guitar style that was totally unique.  I seem to remember him playing this Watkins beginner’s guitar and yet making these wild sounds that reminded me in a way of Lowell Fulson… I was desperate to record him but I didn’t think his band had what it […]

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Songlines: ‘Don’t Know Which Way to Go’

My introduction to this song was on “Music From the Motion Picture Soundtrack – Rush” (Reprise 1992) Eric Clapton composed and performed the score and included a few songs; he brought in Buddy Guy to take the lead on this complete makeover of a number that Guy had originally recorded in 1962.  Guy turns in […]

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“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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