Fleetwood Mac

A Night at the Marquee

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Another CD, titled Live at Marquee, is listed in discographies as having been released on the legitimate Trojan and Receiver labels in the early 1990s. As it has the exact same track listing as this one, it could be assumed that this bootleg probably contains the same music. Regardless, the music on this disc is a pretty low-fidelity tape of a performance at the legendary London club in 1967. The discography in the Peter Green biography Peter Green: Founder of Fleetwood Mac, by Martin Celmins, gives the exact date of the performance as August 15, 1967; it also lists Bob Brunning, and not John McVie, as the bass player. The band play pretty well, but the vocals in particular are half-buried, the mix is blurry, and the whole thing sounds half-submerged in mud. That's too bad because the group go through highlights of their first album-era repertoire, including "Got to Move," "Dust My Broom," "Shake Your Money Maker," and less expected songs such as "Looking for Somebody" and "Long Grey Mare." It's of historic interest, certainly, as the first live recording of the band to circulate, and would be enjoyable if it were in as high-grade fidelity as the numerous legitimate live releases of the Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac are. But it's not, not by a longshot.

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