Then Play On (1969)
2 Even now, Then Play On sounds formally provocative. Here was a band borne of the blues, largely eschewing its formal 12-bar structure and earthly concerns to stretch it into a psychedelic rock freak-out. Then Play On is an expansive masterpiece that saw Danny Kirwan make his Mac debut and Peter Green his swansong before his LSD consumption took its toll on his mental health. Jeremy Spencer contributed little. Maybe the LSD should have taken a writing credit. The heady, melancholy swirl of Closing My Eyes and the bongo superjam Coming Your Way suggest as much, a psychotropic contrast to the ol’ blues scratch of Kirwan’s One Sunny Day and the ramblin’ man slide of Green’s Showbiz Blues.
Recommended track Before The Beginning