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Need Your Love So Bad
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Little Willie (William Edgar) John (Mertis, Jr.)

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Need someone's hand to lead me through the night
I need someone's arms to hold and squeeze me tight
Now, when the night begins, whoa, I'm at an end
Because I need your love so bad

I need some lips to feel next to mine
Need someone to stand up - to stand up and tell me when I'm lyin'
And when the lights are low - and it's time to go
That's when I need your love so bad

So why don't you give it up, baby and bring it home to me
or write it on a piece of paper, woman - so it can be read to me
Tell me that you love me - and stop drivin' me mad
whoa, because I - I need your love so bad

Need a soft voice - just to talk to me at night
Don't want you to worry, baby
I know we can make everything alright
Listen to my plea, baby, come on bring it to me
'Cause I need - your love so bad
Baby, I need, I need - woman, I need your love so bad

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Performance #1:
Date Performance 1995-00-00
Running Time 7:54
Performers (Robert William) Gary Moore (Guitar), (Robert William) Gary Moore (Vocals), Tommy Eyre (Keyboards), Nick Payn (Baritone Sax), Nick Pentelow (Tenor Sax), Andy Pyle (Bass Guitar), Graham Walker (Drums)
Appears On
Blues For Greeny (1995)
(Robert William) Gary Moore
Performance #2:
Date Performance 1968-04-28
Running Time 3:53
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Peter Green (Vocals), Peter Green (Guitar), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), John McVie (Bass), Christine McVie (Organ), Steve/Stephen Gregory (Tenor Sax), Mike Vernon (Produced By), Mike Ross(-Trevor) (Engineered By), David/Dave Howard (Alto Sax), John(ny) Almond (Tenor Sax), Roland Vaughan (Tenor Sax), Mickey 'Guitar' Baker (Strings Conductor), Mickey 'Guitar' Baker (String Arrangement), Terry Noonan (Strings Under The Direction Of), Terry Noonan (Horns Under The Direction Of), David Katz (Violin)
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
Appears On
25 Years: The Chain (1992)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #3:
Date Performance 1969-01-25
Running Time 6:59
Performers Peter Green (Vocals), Peter Green (Guitar), Danny Kirwan (Guitar), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Drums)
Appears On
Shrine '69 (1999)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #4:
Date Performance 1968-04-28
Running Time 3:53
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Peter Green (Vocals), Peter Green (Guitar), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), John McVie (Bass), Christine McVie (Organ), Steve/Stephen Gregory (Tenor Sax), Mike Vernon (Produced By), Mike Ross(-Trevor) (Engineered By), David/Dave Howard (Alto Sax), John(ny) Almond (Tenor Sax), Roland Vaughan (Tenor Sax), Mickey 'Guitar' Baker (Strings Conductor), Mickey 'Guitar' Baker (String Arrangement), Terry Noonan (Strings Under The Direction Of), Terry Noonan (Horns Under The Direction Of), David Katz (Violin)
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
Appears On
Greatest Hits (1971)
Fleetwood Mac
The Pious Bird Of Good Omen (1969)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #5:
Date Performance 1968-08-26
Running Time 3:48
Performers Alan/Allen Harris (Engineer), Peter Green (Vocals), Peter Green (Guitar), Danny Kirwan (Guitar), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Bernie Andrews (Producer)
CommentsFrom "Radio 1 O’Clock”. Recorded at 201 Piccadilly, Studio 1, London. First broadcast September 1, 1968. (though the CD liner notes list September 11, 1968 as the 1st air date) (P) 1968 BBC This track most likely doesn't feature Spencer or guest Christine McVie (Perfect) (though listed in the liner notes as being on it). If they are on it, their parts have been mixed down/out. This track was not listed on some early pressings of "Live At The BBC" but the track was included on those discs.
Appears On
Live At The BBC (1995)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #6:
Date Performance 1968-04-28
Running Time 3:53
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Peter Green (Vocals), Peter Green (Guitar), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), John McVie (Bass), Christine McVie (Organ), Steve/Stephen Gregory (Tenor Sax), Mike Vernon (Produced By), Mike Ross(-Trevor) (Engineered By), David/Dave Howard (Alto Sax), John(ny) Almond (Tenor Sax), Roland Vaughan (Tenor Sax), Mickey 'Guitar' Baker (Strings Conductor), Mickey 'Guitar' Baker (String Arrangement), Terry Noonan (Strings Under The Direction Of), Terry Noonan (Horns Under The Direction Of), David Katz (Violin)
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
Appears On
The Best Of Fleetwood Mac (1996)
Fleetwood Mac
The Blue Horizon Story 1965-1970 Vol. 1 (1997)
Various Artists
Performance #7:
Date Performance 1968-04-28
Running Time 6:55
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Mickey 'Guitar' Baker (String Arrangement), Terry Noonan (Strings Under The Direction Of), Terry Noonan (Horns Under The Direction Of), Mike Vernon (Produced By), Mike Ross(-Trevor) (Engineered By), Peter Green (Vocal), Peter Green (Guitar), Steve/Stephen Gregory (Tenor Sax), Christine McVie (Organ), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), David Katz (Violin)
CommentsVersion # 2 (remake) (Take 4 - complete version/remix) Recorded at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London. Strings/horns overdub sessions on May 15, 1968 at CBS Studio, New Bond Street, London.
Appears On
The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions: 1967-1969 (1999)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #8:
Date Performance 1968-04-28
Running Time 3:53
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Peter Green (Vocals), Peter Green (Guitar), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), John McVie (Bass), Christine McVie (Organ), Steve/Stephen Gregory (Tenor Sax), Mike Vernon (Produced By), Mike Ross(-Trevor) (Engineered By), David/Dave Howard (Alto Sax), John(ny) Almond (Tenor Sax), Roland Vaughan (Tenor Sax), Mickey 'Guitar' Baker (Strings Conductor), Mickey 'Guitar' Baker (String Arrangement), Terry Noonan (Strings Under The Direction Of), Terry Noonan (Horns Under The Direction Of), David Katz (Violin)
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
Appears On
The Blues Years (1991)
Fleetwood Mac
Selections From 25 Years: The Chain (1992)
Fleetwood Mac
The Collection (1987)
Fleetwood Mac
The Golden Era Of Pop Music (1972)
Fleetwood Mac
Vintage Years (1975)
Fleetwood Mac
Man Of The World (1978)
Fleetwood Mac
The History Of Rock Volume Twelve (1983)
Various Artists
Looking Back On Fleetwood Mac (1989)
Fleetwood Mac
Collection Gold (1990)
Fleetwood Mac
Black Magic Woman (1980)
Fleetwood Mac
Original 3 CD Box Set: Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac/Mr. Wonderful/The Pious Bird Of Good Omen (1997)
Fleetwood Mac
Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac: The Early Years 1967-1970 (1994)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #9:
Date Performance 1994-00-00
Running Time 4:26
Performers Gerry Conway (Drums), Gerry Conway (Percussion), Brian Hodgson (Bass Guitar), Rupert Parker (Harp), Nicky Payne (Flute), Mel Simpson (Keyboards)
Appears On
The London Rock Orchestra & Guests Plays Fleetwood Mac Classic (1994)
The London Rock Orchestra
Performance #10:
Date Performance 1985-00-00
Performers Peter Green (Vocals)
CommentsBilled as "I Need You So Bad". Recorded Live at the Schwimmbad-Musicclub Heidelberg, Germany
Appears On
In The Ruins (0000)
Peter Green
Performance #11:
Date Performance 1968-08-26
Running Time 3:48
Performers Alan/Allen Harris (Engineer), Peter Green (Vocals), Peter Green (Guitar), Danny Kirwan (Guitar), John McVie (Bass), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), Bernie Andrews (Producer)
CommentsFrom "Radio 1 O’Clock”. Recorded at 201 Piccadilly, Studio 1, London. First broadcast September 1, 1968. (though the CD liner notes list September 11, 1968 as the 1st air date) (P) 1968 BBC This track most likely doesn't feature Spencer or guest Christine McVie (Perfect) (though listed in the liner notes as being on it). If they are on it, their parts have been mixed down/out. This track was not listed on some early pressings of "Live At The BBC" but the track was included on those discs.
Appears On
The BBC Sessions (1989)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #12:
Date Performance 1968-04-28
Running Time 3:53
Sound Clip Listen.
Performers Peter Green (Vocals), Peter Green (Guitar), Mick Fleetwood (Drums), John McVie (Bass), Christine McVie (Organ), Steve/Stephen Gregory (Tenor Sax), Mike Vernon (Produced By), Mike Ross(-Trevor) (Engineered By), David/Dave Howard (Alto Sax), John(ny) Almond (Tenor Sax), Roland Vaughan (Tenor Sax), Mickey 'Guitar' Baker (Strings Conductor), Mickey 'Guitar' Baker (String Arrangement), Terry Noonan (Strings Under The Direction Of), Terry Noonan (Horns Under The Direction Of), David Katz (Violin)
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
Appears On
Instant Peter Green (1990)
IMP Publications (England)
Peter Green: Guitar Legends (1997)
IMP Publications (England)
In Session With Peter Green (1999)
IMP Publications (England)
Need Your Love So Bad/Stop Messin' Round (1968)
Fleetwood Mac
Need Your Love So Bad/No Place To Go (1968)
Fleetwood Mac
Performance #13:
Date Performance 2001-00-00
Running Time 4:25
Performers Deborah/Debbie (Louise) Bonham (Vocals), Jason Bonham (Drums), Pete(r) (James) Bullick (Electric Guitars), Pete(r) (James) Bullick (Solo), Michael Chetwood (Keyboards), Ian Rowley (5 String Bass Guitar), Simon Smart (Mixed By)
CommentsBilled as "Need Your Love" on all editions of this album. Mixed at Sound Discs London & Sanctuary Studios London Deborah Bonham: '....a tribute to Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood and dedicated to Pete Zmitrowicz of the Blues Tavern... I first sang this song at a gig at the Blues Tavern, a great little venue near Farnham in Surrey and owned by a wonderful zaney man called Pete Zmitrowicz. We'd actually finished playing, done the encores and had in fact run out of songs, but the crowd were still cheering us on. In the dressing room, Peter (guitarist) suggested we did this song. Obviously I knew it and my band had played it before, but I had never sung it. Well, I'd had a dram or two of whisky so I thought, what the hell, OK. From the moment Peter began to play guitar and I began to sing, the song became ours. I loved it so much that I wanted to record it. I'm only sad that Pete from the Blues Tavern will never hear it recorded as he died of a heart attack aged 49 in 1999. Every time I play it I think of him.....I'm sure he's listening.'
Appears On
The Old Hyde (2001)
Deborah/Debbie (Louise) Bonham
Performance #14:
Date Performance 2003-00-00
Running Time 6:25
Performers Peter Green (Vocals), Peter Green (Lead Guitar), Peter Green (Slide Guitar), Peter Green (Harmonica), Nigel (J.) Watson (Vocals), Nigel (J.) Watson (Lead Guitar), Nigel (J.) Watson (Rhythm Guitar), Roger Cotton (Piano), Roger Cotton (Hammond C3), Roger Cotton (Rhythm Guitar), Roger Cotton (Backing Vocals), Pete(r) Stroud (Bass Guitar), Pete(r) Stroud (Backing Vocals), Larry Tolfree (Drums), Larry Tolfree (Percussion)
Appears On
An Evening With Peter Green Splinter Group In Concert (2003)
Peter Green Splinter Group

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One of my all time favorites
Review written by Bernardo, January 10th, 2012

I can never get enough of this song. It has to be one of my top 5 favorites. Peter Green is THE only one that can sing it to me. It's a perfect song done by him, and it is so sexy.

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smooth and sexy
Review written by Robert Smith, August 8th, 2006

This is a song that I have not only listened to a million times but being a musician myself I think it is one of the most amazing love songs ever. It draws nothing but emotion. One of the best blues songs of all time. Thank you for giving the world this gift.

    Last Modified »
2012-12-14

    Discography Credits »
Lyrics contributed by Ron Chambliss.