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Fleetwood Mac
"The Original Fleetwood Mac"

© Castle Classics Records

Year of Release: 1971

track listing
  • Drifting
  • Leaving Town Blues
  • Watch Out
  • A Fool No More
  • Mean Old Woman
  • Can't Afford To Do It
  • Fleetwood Mac
  • Worried Dream
  • Love That Woman
  • Allow Me One More Show
  • First Train Home
  • Rambling Pony No. 2

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    "The Original Fleetwood Mac"

    Before Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac originated from Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, with Peter Grown and Jeremy Spencer. The Original Fleetwood Mac features the Blues, soulful and energetic. It's music is not familiar with those favored by Nicks and McVie. Late 1960s blues.

    "Drifitng" starts out the album, a very good course of soulful blues. "Leaving Town Blues" has a somewhat slow blues style, yet the vocals could be improved. "Watch Out" returns to the traditional 1960s blues, it's a great song, soulful vocals, and Clapton-ish guitar, or even the blues of Savoy Brown.

    "A Fool No More" is a great slow blues number, and it's easily seen how Gary Moore was an inspiration on Blues For Greeny, an album dedicated to Peter Green. "Mean Old Fireman" has the grit blues of John Lee Hooker. "Can't Afford To Do It" has a great boogie-woogie Stray Cats feel.

    An instrumental, the song "Fleetwood Mac" has an early Clapton/Cream style, and the harmonica makes the icing on the cake. Another great slow blues song is the next track, "Worried Dream." Throughout this album, Peter Green's vocals is truly amazing, likewise his guitar playing.

    "Love That Woman" has the Muddy Waters vocal style, and is another great blues number. "Allow Me One More Show" is another John Lee Hooker soounding tune of early blues. "First Train Home" is another great song, based on the blues guitar style alone. Peter Green's vocals brings it out even more. "Rambling Pony No. 2" is simply Cream's "Rollin' And Tumblin'"; another great blues track.

    If anyone who has never heard the blues, the original Fleetwood Mac is a good start, in learning the blues music. John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Savoy Brown, B.B. King, Gary Moore are all compared on The Original Fleetwood Mac. Discovering great blues music is highly anticipated after listening to this album.

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