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The Blues Years (1991) - Fleetwood Mac


    Featuring »

Dave Bidwell, Eddie (Edward Riley) Boyd, Bob Brunning, Chicken Shack, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, John McVie, Christine McVie, Jeremy Spencer, Andy Sylvester/Silvester, Stan Webb

    Tracklisting »
My Heart Beat Like A Hammer Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1967-12-11, Running Time: 3:31
  Comments: (Take 2) Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Merry Go Round Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1967-11-22, Running Time: 4:19
  Comments: (Take 2) Recorded @ CBS Studio, New Bond St, London.
Long Grey Mare Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1967, Running Time: 2:12
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Hellhound On My Trail Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1967-11-22, Running Time: 2:04
  Comments: (Take 1) Recorded @ CBS Studio, New Bond St, London.
Shake Your Moneymaker Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1967-12-11, Running Time: 2:52
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Looking For Somebody Listen.Lyrics available
  Running Time: 2:49
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London or Decca Studio, West Hampstead London.
No Place To Go Listen.Lyrics available
  Running Time: 3:20
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London or Decca Studio, West Hampstead London.
My Baby's Good To Me Listen.Lyrics available
  Running Time: 2:49
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
I Loved Another Woman Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1967-11-22, Running Time: 2:54
  Comments: (Take 5) Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Cold Black Night Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1967-11-22, Running Time: 3:15
  Comments: (Take 6) Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
The World Keep On Turning Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1967-11-22, Running Time: 2:27
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Got To Move Listen.Lyrics available
  Running Time: 3:18
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Stop Messin' Round Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1968-04-28, Running Time: 2:19
  Comments: (Take 4) Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Steet, London
Coming Home Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1968-04-00, Running Time: 2:38
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Rollin' Man Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1968-04-00, Running Time: 2:52
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Dust My Broom Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1968-04-00, Running Time: 2:51
  Comments: Recorded at CSB Studio, New Bond Street, London. Elmore James did slightly change the lyrics to "Dust My Broom" in later years & those are the lyrics that Jeremy Spencer sings on this version of the song.
Love That Burns Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1968-04-00, Running Time: 5:02
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London
Doctor Brown Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1968-04-00, Running Time: 3:43
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Need Your Love Tonight Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1968-04-00, Running Time: 3:26
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
If You Be My Baby Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1968-04-00, Running Time: 3:51
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Evenin' Boogie Listen.Instrumental
  Date Performance: 1968-04-00, Running Time: 2:39
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Lazy Poker Blues Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1968-04-00, Running Time: 2:34
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
I've Lost My Baby Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1968-04-00, Running Time: 4:16
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Trying So Hard To Forget Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1968-04-00, Running Time: 4:45
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
I Believe My Time Ain't LongLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1967-09-09, Running Time: 2:53
  Comments: Stereo Version. Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London. Original Release: CBS/Blue Horizon #3051 (A-Side). Source: Original analogue tape
Rambling PonyLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1967-09-09, Running Time: 3:32
  Comments: Recorded @ CBS Studio, New Bond St, London.
Black Magic Woman Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1968-02-22, Running Time: 2:54
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London. Chart: Billboard UK Top 50/40 Singles Peak Position: 37 Peak Dates: May 4, 1968 Weeks on Charts: 7
The Sun Is Shining Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1968-02-22, Running Time: 3:10
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Need Your Love So Bad Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1968-04-28, Running Time: 3:53
  Comments: (Edit of version #2, remake) (Take 4) Stereo Version. Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London. Original Release: Blue Horizon #57-3139 (A-Side). Source: Original analogue tape. Chart: Billboard UK Top 50/40 Singles Peak Position: 31 Peak Dates: Sep 28, 1968 Weeks on Charts: 22
Albatross Listen.Instrumental Midi available
  Date Performance: 1968-10-06, Running Time: 3:08
  Comments: Stereo Version. Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London. Original Release: Blue Horizon #57-3145 (A-Side). Source: Original analogue tape. Chart: Billboard US Hot 100 Singles Peak Position: 104 Peak Dates: Apr 5, 1969 & Apr 12, 1969 Weeks on Charts: 4 Chart: Billboard UK Top 50/40 Singles Peak Position: 1 (2 times) Peak Dates: Feb 8, 1969 & Jun 1973 Weeks on Charts: 35
Jigsaw Puzzle Blues Listen.Instrumental
  Date Performance: 1968-10-06, Running Time: 1:33
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Man Of The World Listen.Lyrics available Midi available
  Date Performance: 1969, Running Time: 2:51
  Comments: Chart: Billboard UK Top 50/40 Singles Peak Position: 2 Peak Dates: Jun 7, 1969 Weeks on Charts: 14
Somebody's Gonna Get (Their Head Kicked In Tonite)
  Date Performance: 1969, Running Time: 2:40
  Comments: Often billed as being by "Earl Vince & The Valiants" (a Fleetwood Mac pseudonym) & (incorrectly) on compilations as "Someone's Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight". Recorded in the Summer in London.
Watch OutLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1967-11-22, Running Time: 3:27
  Comments: (Take 2 - Edit) Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Worried DreamLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1968-04-11, Running Time: 5:24
  Comments: (Take 1) Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Fleetwood Mac Listen.Instrumental
  Date Performance: 1967-08-00, Running Time: 3:54
  Comments: Recorded at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London
First Train Home Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1967-08-00, Running Time: 4:05
  Comments: (Mono) Recorded at Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London
Drifting Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1967, Running Time: 3:31
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Mean Old FiremanLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1967-11-22, Running Time: 3:48
  Comments: (Take 2) Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Allow Me One More ShowLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1967, Running Time: 2:58
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Just The BluesLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1968-01-25, Running Time: 5:34
  Comments: Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
The Big BoatLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1968-01-25, Running Time: 2:40
  Comments: Mono Version. Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London. Originally released as a single Blue Horizon #57-3137 (A-Side). Source: Original analogue tape.
I'd Rather Go BlindLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1969-02-12, Running Time: 3:14
  Comments: Stereo Version. Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London. Original Release: Blue Horizon #57-3153 (A-Side). Source: Original analogue tape. It's unknown who plays the Tenor/Alto/Baritone Saxes on this track. Chart: Billboard UK Top 50/40 Singles Peak Position: 17 Peak Dates: Jun 14, 1969 & Jun 28, 1969 Weeks On Charts: 12
Watch Out Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1969-01-04, Running Time: 4:19
  Comments: Recorded at Chess Ter-Mar Studios, Chicago
Homework Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1969-01-04, Running Time: 3:20
  Comments: Recorded at Chess Ter-Mar Studios, Chicago
I Can't Hold Out Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1969-01-04, Running Time: 4:49
  Comments: Recorded at Chess Ter-Mar Studios, Chicago
Like It This Way Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1969-01-04, Running Time: 4:24
  Comments: Recorded at Chess Ter-Mar Studios, Chicago
Last Night Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1969-01-04, Running Time: 5:01
  Comments: Recorded at Chess Ter-Mar Studios, Chicago
I'm Worried Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1969-01-04, Running Time: 3:47
  Comments: Recorded at Chess Ter-Mar Studios, Chicago
World's In A Tangle Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1969-01-04, Running Time: 5:25
  Comments: Recorded at Chess Ter-Mar Studios, Chicago
    Guest Appearances »

John(ny) Almond, Duster (Tony/Anthony) Bennett, J(ohn) T. Brown, Willie Dixon, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green, Peter Green, Steve/Stephen Gregory, (Big) Walter (Shakey) Horton, David/Dave Howard, David Katz, S. P. Leary, John McVie, Christine McVie, John McVie, Terry Noonan, Otis Spann, Roland Vaughan, Mike Vernon

    Released »

1991-02

    Format »

Import Vinyl/CD Album

    Other Appearances »
Eddie (Edward Riley) Boyd (Songwriter), Buster Brown (Songwriter), Dave Clark (Songwriter), Arthur Big Boy Crudup (Songwriter), Clifford (G.) Davis (Adams) (Songwriter), Bill Foster (Songwriter), Waymon Glasco (Songwriter), Peter Green (Songwriter), Peter Green (Songwriter), Howlin' Wolf (Chester Burnett) (Songwriter), Elmore James (Songwriter), Little Willie (William Edgar) John (Mertis, Jr.) (Songwriter), Robert Johnson (Songwriter), Ellington Jordan (Songwriter), Joe (Joseph) Josea (Bihari) (Songwriter), B(lues) B(oy) (Riley) King (Songwriter), Danny Kirwan (Songwriter), Danny Kirwan (Songwriter), Little Walter (Walter Jacobs) (Songwriter), Al(berta) Perkins (Songwriter), Jimmy Rogers (James A. Lane) (Songwriter), Otis Rush (Songwriter), Marshall E. Sehorn (Songwriter), Jeremy Spencer (Songwriter), Jeremy Spencer (Songwriter), Terry Noonan (Strings Under The Direction Of), Marshall Chess (Produced By), Mike Vernon (Produced By), Stu Black (Engineered By), Mike Ross(-Trevor) (Engineered By), Jeremy Spencer (Arranged By), Jeremy Spencer (Arranged By), Marshall Chess (Session Co-Ordination), Willie Dixon (Session Co-Ordination), Neil (The Curmudgeon) Slaven (Session Co-Ordination), Mike Vernon (Session Co-Ordination), Terry Noonan (Horns Under The Direction Of), Mickey 'Guitar' Baker (String Arrangement), Mike Ross(-Trevor) (Recording Engineer), Mickey 'Guitar' Baker (Strings Conductor), Terry Noonan (Horns Arranged By), Terry Noonan (Horns Directed By), Richard Vernon (Co-Ordinated By)

    Record Label »
Castle

    Running Time »

169:45

    Reviews »
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    Comments »

This is a 3 CD (or 5 album) set.

Not to be confused with the smaller Blues Years collection.

"Just The Blues" is by Eddie Boyd (with guests: Peter Green, John McVie & Mick Fleetwood)
"The Big Boat" is by Eddie Boyd (with guests: Peter Green, John McVie & Mick Fleetwood)
"I'd Rather Go Blind" is by Chicken Shack (with Christine Perfect (McVie))

In these days when every '60s act this side of Pinkerton's Assorted Colours is getting themselves anthologised in a chocolate box of CDs it would be naive to expect that the original Fleetwood Mac could escape without yet another tribute to their rugby shirt years. This 50-track, three-CD collection brings together anything of any consequence that Peter Green's group did in the way of a 12-bar. It includes the whole of their first two albums, the hit singles Albatross and Man Of The World, the comparative flops Black Magic Woman and Need Your Love So Bad, a few nuggets from Blues Jam At Chess wherein they skirmished with the likes of Willie Dixon and Otis Spann; it even has the nerve to appropriate one Chicken Shack track in the shape of Christine McVie's terrific I'd Rather Go Blind from 1969.

It's interesting to reflect just how many blues records the extended Mac family were responsible for putting in the charts in the late '60s and heartening to report how little here has dated. Peter Green's ability to submerge his ego and reluctance to go in for grandstanding when the instrumental break came around is wholly vindicated by material as brooding and adult as Love That Burns (in which he seems to play without touching the strings) and soulful as Need Your Love So Bad, wherein he's the equal of Little Willie John. McVie and Fleetwood's no-nonsense approach to rhythm, learned in ministering to the boozier patrons of the college circuit, is admirably suited to lifting Jeremy Spencer's repertoire of Elmore James impressions above the run-of-the-mill. There are more spectacular relics of the Home Counties' affair with sweet home Chicago but for blues with a feeling this takes some beating. 4 out of 5 stars. (David Hepworth, Q Album Reviews)

    Last Modified »
2012-08-16
    Tracklisting »
Discography entry submitted by Anders Linnartsson, Julie Kedward, Jeff Kenney & Marty Adelson.