Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac
Merry Go Round
(Editors note: Youngsters will remember Fleetwood Mac for the best selling album “Rumours” with Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks. Long before the pop group, Fleetwood Mac was bending strings as an English Blues Band fronted by Peter Green.)
Fleetwood Mac, also known as Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, is the debut album by the band Fleetwood Mac, released in 1968. The album is a mixture of blues covers and originals penned by guitarists Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer, who also share the vocal duties.
The release of the album brought the band overnight success; in the UK, the album reached No. 4 and stayed on the charts 37 weeks, despite the lack of a hit single. The album barely made the charts in the US, reaching No. 198. Even though the album has sold over a million copies in the U.K., it has never received a certification there. As of June 2015, the album has sold over 150,000 copies in the U.S.
Fleetwood Mac are a British-American rock band formed in July 1967, in London. The band have sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time. In 1998, selected members of Fleetwood Mac were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.
The two most successful periods for the band were during the late 1960s British blues boom, when they were led by guitarist Peter Green and achieved a UK number one with “Albatross”; and from 1975 to 1987, as a more pop-oriented act, featuring Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
An expanded version of this album was included in the box set The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions.
Peter Green (born Peter Allen Greenbaum; 29 October 1946) is a British blues rock guitarist and the founder of the band Fleetwood Mac. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 for his work with the group, Green’s songs such as “Albatross”, “Black Magic Woman”, “Oh Well” and “Man of the World” have been recorded by artists such as Santana, Aerosmith, Status Quo, Black Crowes, Midge Ure, Tom Petty, Judas Priest and Gary Moore, who recorded Blues for Greeny, a covers album of Green’s compositions.
A major figure and bandleader in the “second great epoch” of the British blues movement, Green inspired B.B. King to say, “He has the sweetest tone I ever heard; he was the only one who gave me the cold sweats.” Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page have both lauded his guitar playing. Green’s playing was noted for its idiomatic string bending and vibrato and economy of style.
He was ranked 38th in Rolling Stone‘s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. His tone on the “The Supernatural” was rated as one of the 50 greatest of all time by Guitar Player. In June 1996 Green was voted the third-best guitarist of all time in Mojo magazine.