Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

July 26, 2020

rest in peace PETER GREEN (1946-2020)

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PETER GREEN, 29 October 1946 – 25 July 2020

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Let’s hear from Mr. Peter Green himself before proceeding any further….

Tears are definitely being shed in our home on the passing of blues guitar master PETER GREEN. I consider his recordings with John Mayall and with Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac as among the greatest ever made, and I’ve been listening to them for nearly 50 years now.

I do not exaggerate when I say that Peter Green’s music has kept me going for half a century. I can remember times in my life when I had next to nothing and was unsure of what I had to look forward to, but if I had a record player or a cassette player, and Green’s work with Mayall and/or the Mac (pre-1971 Mac, of course) on LP or cassette, I was never alone and life was rich once again.

Even in recent years, once 10-12 years ago, I spent a week in a Louisiana swamp and listened to nothing but the 6-CD Blue Horizon box of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac the entire time….it was sublime.

And just yesterday, I was listening to Green’s UK Decca album in support of the great American bluesman EDDIE BOYD….

Countless times since the 1970’s, I have patiently explained to people that Fleetwood Mac actually WERE a great band for a brief period in the late 1960’s and that they were solely a blues band—-in fact, they were at first basically John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers minus John Mayall (with blues stalwart Bob Brunning in there for a while too, another man who should be celebrated and remembered). They should forget about the horrible later incarnations of the Fleetwood Mac name and go back to the Peter Green period, the REAL Mac, a band I will always champion.

I’m glad that tribute concert that Mick Fleetwood put on a few months ago happened when Peter Green was still around to hear about it and appreciate the sentiment.

Thank you, Mr. Green….

I’ve included links to two classic Peter Green performances below….

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PETER GREEN with JOHN MAYALL’S BLUESBREAKERS, “The Supernatural” released Feb. 1967 (obviously Carlos Santana was a huge fan of this performance!)

 

Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac ~ ”Have You Ever Loved A Woman” (Live 1968)

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