Guitar Techniques - - CONTENTS - Neville Marten, Ed­i­tor neville.marten@fu­turenet.com

Dis­cov­er­ing Pe­ter Green

MY OLDER SIS­TER used to go out with a very clued-up and mu­si­cal drum­mer when we lived up in north Northum­ber­land in the mid-60s. David was into ev­ery kind of mu­sic and would bring all these great al­bums into the house; not just the usual 60s sus­pects but things like Gra­ham Bond, Zoot Money, Al­bert King with Booker T, Paul But­ter­field Blues Band and, of course, John May­all.

May­all’s Beano al­bum had come out the pre­vi­ous year and one day David came over with a new May­all al­bum. I was mega ex­cited since I’d been blown away by Clap­ton’s in­put into the 1966 re­lease (which David had also in­tro­duced us to), and ex­pected to hear more of his in­cred­i­ble wail­ing. My ini­tial dis­ap­point­ment at there be­ing no Eric quickly turned into a mu­si­cal love af­fair with this new guy whose name, I soon dis­cov­ered, was Pe­ter Green.

We then got ev­ery Green-re­lated record­ing we could, in­clud­ing com­pi­la­tions, that came out. He too then left May­all, to be re­placed by the third in the in­fa­mous trio, Mick Tay­lor.

But within a year Pe­ter was back on the scene, hav­ing pi­rated May­all’s rhythm sec­tion to form his own band, Fleet­wood Mac. The first re­sult of this I heard was the sin­gle, Need Your Love So Bad (which Mick Tay­lor re­viewed in one of the mu­sic pa­pers say­ing the strings (ie vi­o­lins, cel­los, etc) were ‘a bit slushy’.

Any­way, I was hooked. And while mildly let down by the de­but al­bum which seemed more about El­more James and Elvis par­o­dies than the melodic blues I was ex­pect­ing, the band’s sin­gles never let me down. Green’s abil­i­ties as a song­writer had been hinted at on that May­all al­bum (A Hard Road) with tracks like The Su­per­nat­u­ral and The Same Way, but he hit a new stride in Fleet­wood Mac with songs like The Green Manal­ishi, Oh Well and Man Of The World. I’m sure six-string spar­ring part­ner Danny Kir­wan spurred Pe­ter on in the play­ing depart­ment, since there was some stun­ning in­ter­play be­tween them.

It’s this Fleet­wood Mac era of Pe­ter’s play­ing that Phil Capone has fo­cused on this month. Phil’s a big fan too, so you can be sure of a won­der­ful se­lec­tion of play­ing and part ar­rang­ing to whet your ap­petite. Have fun!

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