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Green & Guitar: The Best Of Peter Green 1977-81 - Peter Green


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Green & Guitar: The Best Of Peter Green 1977-81 (1996) - Peter Green


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Peter Green

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In The SkiesLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1979, Running Time: 3:52
Loser Two TimesLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1979, Running Time: 4:34
Cryin' Won't Bring You BackLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1979, Running Time: 5:09
Last Train To San AntoneLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1980, Running Time: 5:32
Apostle
  Date Performance: 1979, Running Time: 3:12
Little DreamerLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1979, Running Time: 7:01
The ClownLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1981-05-00, Running Time: 6:02
  Comments: Recorded at Ridge Studios, Surrey, England.
Got To See Her TonightLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1980, Running Time: 5:52
White Sky (Love That Evil Woman)Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1981-05-00, Running Time: 8:49
  Comments: Recorded at Ridge Studios, Surrey, England.
Carry My LoveLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1981-05-00, Running Time: 4:58
  Comments: Recorded at Ridge Studios, Surrey, England.
Slabo DayInstrumental
  Date Performance: 1979, Running Time: 5:12
A Fool No MoreLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1979, Running Time: 7:46
Baby When The Sun Goes DownLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1979, Running Time: 5:39
Funky Jam
  Date Performance: 1981-05-00, Running Time: 8:13
  Comments: Recorded at Ridge Studios, Surrey, England.
    Guest Appearances »

Pete(r) (Skiving) Bardens, Pam Douglas, John (Rhino) Edwards, Mo Foster, Michael Dennis Green, Kuma Harada, Carol Ingram, Reg(gie) Isadore/Isidore, Ronnie Johnson, Webster Johnson, Lennox Laington, Dave Mattacks, Morris/Maurice Pert, Roy Shipston, Larry Steel(e), Peter Vernon-Kell, Paul Westwood, Snowy (Terence) White, Jeff Whittaker

    Released »

1996-07-09

    Format »

Import Vinyl/CD Album

    Other Appearances »
Peter Green (Songwriter), Peter Green (Songwriter), Michael Dennis Green (Songwriter), Jane Samuel-Green (Songwriter)

    Record Label »
Music Club

    Catalogue Number »

MCCD-244 (2003 Reissue)

    Running Time »

81:51

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Smart selections make this true "best of"
Review written by Richard J. Orlando, January 31st, 2005

This particular period of Green's career, his first "comeback", before the formation of Peter Green's Splinter Group, has been ransacked and rummaged through for what seem an endless supply of compilations. Those who are interested in a representative sampling from this era are well served by the song selections and generous seventy-nine minute running time of this collection. If you only know Green through his work with Fleetwood Mac, you may at first be disappointed by what you find here. Fans of Splinter Group recordings like "Destiny Road" and "Reaching the Cold 100" will find themselves slipping into the mellow tone and and laid back style flowing from the speakers as if into a warm bath. The majority of tracks and almost all of the highlights here, are pulled from Green's first two solo albums; with four each from both "In the Skies" (1978) and "Little Dreamer" (1981) arguably his strongest from this time. "In the Skies" marked Green's return to studio recording after a harrowing six-years "lost" in a personal wilderness. It is of little surprise then to find him reaching back to his earlier years for inspiration. "A Fool No More", originally recorded in 1967 for the first Fleetwood Mac album, but unreleased till years later, is completely transformed here. The fire that fueled this blistering Otis Rush / Buddy Guy inspired tale of torment has all but consumed itself. The singer's rage has been reduced to resignation; the stinging accusations of the original's guitar solo have been turned into unflinching introspection. Although buried near the end of CD, this is the bleeding heart of the collection. Also from that first album are two beautiful instrumentals: "Slabo Day" finds Green trading guitar licks with Snowy White as he once had with Danny Kirwan, while the band lays down a solid foundation for the two to build upon. "Apostle" finds Green further developing the Spanish guitar section of "Oh Well - Part Two" but still not finding closure. It just seems to end. An unfinished prayer; as if he knows it won't be answered. This flows nicely into the title track from 1980's "Little Dreamer". Opening with waves of soft cymbal strikes, a gentle heartbeat of a bass line and tinkling chimes, this is another mediation. Green's half spoken lyrics can not be understood but it does not matter - as the song continues the guitar lines slowly build in intensity and the cymbals begin to compete with drum rolls hinting at the storm clouds gathering. "Baby When the Sun Goes Down" most vividly illustrates the Splinter Group connection; deep groove, heartfelt but not impassioned playing - the track is marred only by the drums being to far up in the mix and the unnecessary inclusion of female back up singers. The singers work better on "Loser Two Times" and are thankfully absent from it's companion "Cryin' Won't Bring You Back", two uncharacteristically funk tinged numbers. Other highlights include the title track from 1981's "White Sky", the hardest rocking number here, on which Peter's brother Mike takes the lead vocal. It should be noted that Mike Green wrote or co-wrote seven of these fourteen tunes. Also from "White Sky" and Mike Green's pen, is this collection's weakest number, "The Clown". At least six of the songs on this collection will be found on almost every other compilation of this era currently on the shelves. The best way to experience these songs is in the context of the albums they were written for, but as of this writing these discs are all only available as imports, at import prices - for those on a budget or with only a passing interest in this material - this is the collection to go with.

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2010-11-04
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Discography entry submitted by Jeff Kenney.