Fleetwood Mac

The Early Years

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Compilation of 15 clips (mostly or entirely from television appearances, mostly in black and white) from the late 1960s, when Fleetwood Mac were a blues-rock band and Peter Green was the lead guitarist and leader. Some of the songs are obviously lip-synched, which detracts from the appeal somewhat, but it is a chance to see the original group in action during their early prime. The earliest clips have the four-man Green, Jeremy Spencer, Mick Fleetwood, and John McVie lineup, although most feature the five-man version with Danny Kirwan added on guitar. Their most popular numbers from the era are here--"Oh Well" (unfortunately without the "Part 2" pseudo-classical ending), "Albatross," "Man of the World," "Green Manalishi" -- and there are also a few straight blues songs featuring Jeremy Spencer as lead singer and frontman, along with his weird ripoff of Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue" ("Linda"). The highlight is a performance of "Rattlesnake Shake" from Hugh Hefner's Playboy After Dark, a television show that never ceases to amaze in its odd juxtaposition of swingers and debutantes with hip rock acts (the Grateful Dead and James Brown were some of the other stars who appeared on the program).

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