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The End Of The Game
An adventure in free form, (Open mind recommeded)
Review written by Jon Dickinson from Millstone, New Jersey, January 5th, 2005
I first found this record very hard to judge, many Peter Green fans might have been alienated by the Green God's post Mac debut, I always wanted to hear this album since I first discovered the Peter Green era Fleetwood Mac at 19 years old, I saw it in a few used record shops but balked at the prices, So that's when Napster came in handy, after a few failed downloads I had the album, at first it was hard to relate to the music with it's lack of structure and the almost avant garde jazz atmosphere it creates, A couple listens were required to get aquainted with the sound, Peter was beginning to expand his range in his last year with Fleetwood Mac with extended jams and improvs on various songs, but Peter Green also well on his way to his LSD fueled psychological collapse and after a brief reunion with Fleetwood Mac in early 1971 began to disappear from the music scene for most of the 70s, However you view this record, It is an adventure in free form,
Reaching The Cold 100
The finest Splinter Group release is this one
Review written by Jon Dickinson, December 15th, 2004
Since I purchased my first Splinter Group CD in 1998 I have always anticipated the next new release, Anticipation of Reaching The Cold 100 paid off big, on this disc the listener will note the absence of horns and female backing vocals leaving more of a raw, stripped down rocking affair from Green, Watson and Co, Greeny's vocals and musicianship are much more confident and energetic and really shine throughout from plaintive ballading to gruff blues stylings, just listen to his banjo on Nigel's "Legal Fee Blues" it doesn't and cannot disappoint, the new recordings of the three classic Fleetwood Mac tracks and Otis Spann's "It Takes Time" bring back memories of when I witnessed a Splinter Group appearence at a Blues Festival in Jackson NJ, Reaching The Cold 100 offers no disappointments and no true Splinter Group fan is to be without it, A Five Star Masterpiece with absolutely no doubts.
Hello There Big Boy
Where it ended
Review written by Jon Dickinson, August 21st, 2004
Sadly, this is where it ended, Hello There Big Boy has a few good moments, but overall it is uninspired and unfocused, Danny was in a state of personal degeneration and probaly would not have made the album, the record was made to satisfy his contract with DJM and Clifford Davis, and all that great talent wasted.
One of the finest albums of the early 70s
Review written by Anonymous, August 20th, 2004
This is probably one of my favorite post Peter Green Fleetwood Mac albums, It also marked the debut of the great songwriting talents of Bob Welch although he wrote only two tracks and co wrote "What a shame", Danny Kirwan stepped up and wrote some of his best songs, "Woman of 1000 years" is a beautiful ballad which is the opening cut on the album and the country rocker "Sands of time", I found this song to be a favorite song while driving up the Palisades Parkway to upstate New York last summer, One day not long ago I was listening to a WABC Musicradio soundfile from 1971 and heard an advertisement for Future Games with "Sands of time" as the backing track, Unfortunately, the album didn't chart, This is one of my all time favorite 70s albums, and one of Danny Kirwan's finest hours, Sadly, it didn't last.
This album should have charted much higher than 70
Review written by Jon Dickinson from Millstone, New Jersey, August 16th, 2004