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Mr. Wonderful - Fleetwood Mac

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Mr. Wonderful (1968) - Fleetwood Mac

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Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green, John McVie, Jeremy Spencer

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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
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.
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.
Coming Home Listen.Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 1968-04-00, Running Time: 2:38
  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.
    Guest Appearances »

John(ny) Almond, Duster (Tony/Anthony) Bennett, Steve/Stephen Gregory, David/Dave Howard, Christine McVie, Roland Vaughan

    Released »


    Format »

Import Vinyl/CD Album

    Other Appearances »
Buster Brown (Songwriter), Clifford (G.) Davis (Adams) (Songwriter), Waymon Glasco (Songwriter), Peter Green (Songwriter), Peter Green (Songwriter), Elmore James (Songwriter), Joe (Joseph) Josea (Bihari) (Songwriter), Jeremy Spencer (Songwriter), Jeremy Spencer (Songwriter), Richard Vernon (Co-Ordination), Terence Ibbot(t) (Sleeve Design), Terence Ibbot(t) (Photography), Mike Vernon (Produced By), Mike Ross(-Trevor) (Engineered By), Nigel Cross (1989 CD Reissue Liner Notes)

    Record Label »
Blue Horizon/Castle/Sony

    Catalogue Number »

7-63205 (Blue Horizon) ESSCD 010 (Castle)

    Running Time »


    Liner Notes »

From "Blue Resurrection". To collectors Jeremy "Dealthead" Spencer was only a revered name on rare Black Toad 78s which were recorded between 1929 in a loft belonging to the legendary guitarist Hot Cottage. Jeremy taught Hot all he knew in the same way that Hot taught Jeremy all he knew. On sweltering Southern summer day enthusiast Rorke O'Turmoil was interviewing Mama Shreveport Bottle in her tumbledown skirt out-back along dusty Highway 64 outside Villeville, Miss. He asked the laughing Mama and her 23 children for her views on reports of corruption in the Burmese government during the Oat Riots of 1843. She replied "My man done caught that southbound train an' gone, yeah". which was the first clue to the whereabouts of Deltahead since he.....

Nobody knows anything about Jeremy Spencer except that he wears odd things on stage.

From "Radio-Tips" Guests on the Basil Valentine show all this week are chart newcomers the Fleetwood Mac. Four clean-cut boys from Brentwood they first met in a scout-hut in an apple-dipping rally to raise money for elderly............

Phone conversation between Richard Vernon and a Certain Disc-Jockey:
Richard (between sobs) - "When are you going to finish the notes for the Fleetwood Mac L.P. They were due last Tuesday".
A.C.D.J. "well, you see I've been ill and someone stole the ribbon from Pete's type-writer and my mother's vanished again and what can you say anyway except tha they're almost a resident group on 'Top Gear' and I wish they'd record some of the rock things they do or the psychedelic send-up and they're such nice people and everyone knows how good they are anyway and I'll do it to-night".
Richard "Top Gear"?

From "Pop Platters" Groovy, teenage, outasight John McVie helped our groovy reporter, Tempestua Orifice, through the crowd of weeping fans clustered, since last March, around the balsa-wood door of John's groovy Chelsea pad. Tempestua reports to PP. "In the boos, tough mock-Peruvian hallway of John's gas pad hung a freaky 250 cc mortor-sickle. Wow. I caught a glimpse of a half-dozen dolly-chick-birds in chain-mail mini-skirts giggling at the top of the fur-lined stairs. 'It's a gas scene, man'. said John. 'wow, do you groove on this scene, baby?' His two tame panthers played with half an ostrich in the corner. 'What did you have for breakfast?'. I casually asked as I sank into......"

Peter Green loves animals (hampsters?) has a parrot called Parrot wants a highly coloured macaw - has a dad like Alf Garnett - hords rare black wax -

Mick Fleetwood is a classified giant - whatever that means. I expect it's good. He fires .22 pistols at 3o'clock in the morning. He wants an old house and thousands of children without having to get married. Help him.

Ramblings by John and Biscuit Peel

1989 CD Reissue Notes:

In 1968, post flower-power Britain was seized by a blues boom - and Fleetwood Mac were by far the finest of the groups that came in it's wake. Their first album had rocketed straight into the UK Top Five early that year and had established their reputation as one of the all-time great white blues bands.

Released that August, 'Mr. Wonderful' was their second LP, again on Mike and Richard Vernon's Blue Horizon label, and remarkable for a number of reasons. The band consisted of Mick Fleetwood on drums (whose naked presence graced the original gatefold sleeve of this record), John McVie on bass, Jeremy Spencer and Peter S. Green (sic) on guitars and vocal. This four-man line-up was augumented by Christine Perfect, (McVies wife) on piano - moonlighting from fellow stablemates Chicken Shack and in a real sense making her debut as a Mac musician - a horn section (Johnnie Almond, Steve Gregory, Dave Howard and Roland Vaughan) and Peter Green's protege Tony 'Duster' Bennett on mouth harp.

In retrospect, the album suffers from a peculiar, somewhat murky sound quality: both the group and producer Mike Vernon insisted on obtaining an authentic, almost 'live in a tiny basement' atmosphere to recreate a raw primitiveness radolent of the classic chess studio recordings. But this is still a great record.

As before, leader Peter Green allowed fellow guitarist Spencer room for his own idiosyncratic compositions and style - witness the toothsome slide work on the Elmore James standard, 'Dust My Broom'. Curiously, though, as on the previous long player and on all subsequent releases Spencer does not play on the Peter Green tracks.

Green himself arguably contributes the album's best cuts - the opening number 'Stop Messin' Round', is a typical Green rocker with gruff vocal and moody, restrained lead breaks - and while his songs here do not approach the stature of the contemporary 'Black Magic Woman' (available only as a single), there are hints of just how sensitive a tunesmith Green would eventually become. This is especially true of 'Trying So Hard to Forget', a piece of deep soul-searching by some wonderfully melancholic acoustic guitar and some equally angst-ridden harmonics from 'Duster' Bennett.

'Mr Wonderful' also marks the bands last concentrated foray into the pure blues form. Shortly after its appearance, Peter decided to expand the lineup by importing young guitar player Danny Kirwan - who'd been leading his own Brixton-based trio Boilerhouse - and widened the Mac's horizons to incorporate other styles such as elements of the free-flowing San Fransico sound and classical music.

A few months after this LP, the band had a huge commercial success with dreamy Green-penned instrumental 'Albatross' and followed this up with three futher hit singles that established them as a household name internationally that has lasted to this day.

Nigel Cross

Licensed from CBS Records

The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Blue Horizon Records

(P) 1969 Blue Horizon Records
(C) 1989 Castle Comminications Plc.
Units 15/16 Northfields Prospect
Putney Bridge Road
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Editorial to above
Review written by Anonymous, August 26th, 2004

To editorialize here a bit;

There are four Jeremy Spencer titles in this collection where Elmore James' "Dust My Broom" guitar riff is used, (Hmmm! Sounds like an Elmore James album).

This is where the rather unfair cliche, implicating Jeremy as being redundant, first originated. Since "Mr. Wonderful" was released only in the UK, the banality must have begun there as well. (The album was available in the US only as an import).

Being from the US, in 1969 the first Fleetwood Mac album that I owned was "English Rose". On which appeared two of the aforementioned tracks, "Doctor Brown" and "Coming Home". There was enough difference in the guitar phrasing, the tempo, and the lyric content, plus the fact that the songs were on opposite sides of the platter, that I did not see it as a negative by any means. In fact, it was those two tracks that initially drew me to the group's music.

Then of course, listening to "English Rose" as a whole entity, with Peter, Jeremy and Danny's music included, I was hooked for life.

By the time I had a copy of the import "Mr. Wonderful", I already had copies of "Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac", "English Rose", "Fleetwood Mac In Chicago" and "Then Play On". So more blues by Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer was a real find.

To this day, I am grateful for every track on "Mr. Wonderful", and for the fact that after Elmore's death, Jeremy was there to keep the music alive. If your listening Jeremy, Ill have four more, please.

Jeremy Spencer was able to capture the essence of Elmore James in an unparalleled manner, which was precisely what held Peter Green in awe, when he asked him to join the group. Peter was not the management type, but he knew what he was doing when it came to music, and putting a group together. When you saw them perform live, they all received terrific ovations, especially Jeremy, I was there!

A Bonanza for Fleetwood Mac blues Collectors!
Review written by Joe Panackia, August 26th, 2004

This album expounds primarily on up-tempo blues tracks fronted either by Peter Green or Jeremy Spencer.

"Stop Messin' 'Round" is the benchmark by which all those Freddie King-type numbers are to be judged, (including Freddie's). The sound and phrasing of Peter Green's guitar is simply awesome. Add the horns and piano, and you've got a classic. That same fiery combination appears in the titles, "Rollin' Man", "If You Be My Baby", and "Lazy Poker Blues" with the rhythm varying slightly. "Trying So Hard To Forget" is the slowest tune on the album. "Love That Burns" is an extraordinary Peter Green slow blues number. Listening to Christine (Perfect) McVie"s piano fade out at the end of the song, will give you chills.

Jeremy Spencer's "I've Lost My Baby" may be the finest interpretation of Elmore James ever put on wax. The blues master's "Hawaiian Boogie" is transformed into "Evenin Boogie", and there are four tracks based on Elmore's "Dust My Broom" guitar riff, that title being one of them.

Mick Fleetwood and John McVie were proving themselves to be the best blues rhythm section in the business.

It has been reported that the sessions for the first album (Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac) and "Mr. Wonderful" was one continuous project. The overall sound of course is quite different. On the first album, the equipment (instruments, mikes, etc.) was plugged directly into the tape deck. For "Mr. Wonderful", a PA, and speakers, were set up in the studio to create a more live sound, reminiscent of a 1940's recording studio; thus producing an ideal environment for recording this music.

Mr. Wonderful is a great blues album.

    Comments »

Augmented by a swinging horn section and the keyboards of one Christine Perfect, Messrs Green, Spencer, Fleetwood and McVie serve up another fine selection of sweltering blues: suffocating my-woman-done-me-wrong melancholy such as Trying So Hard To Forget and I've Lost My Baby, where Spencer's exquisite, delta-slide phrasing sits prettily atop a steady steamrolling bass line, plus thumpin' brass-coloured rockers Stop Messin' Around, Rollin' Man, Elmore James' Dust My Broom and Coming Home, and the instrumental Evenin' Boogie. Although there's little here to indicate that the band were about to move away from the traditional into the more experimental area of Green's own idiosyncratic compositions - Black Magic Woman, Man Of The World, Oh Well, Albatross and The Green Manalishi were waiting just around the corner - there's plenty for the fans to get excited about. 4 out of 5 stars. (Graeme Kay, Q Album Reviews)

  • Charts Peak : UK #10 (Sep 1968)

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    Discography entry submitted by Christy Valkman, Anders Linnartsson, Julie Kedward & Richard J. Orlando.