Fleetwood Mac

My Heart Beat Like a Hammer

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The opening track to Fleetwood Mac's debut album put the group right at the apex of the 1960s British blues boom. Essentially an Elmore James-style blues boogie, the song is driven by Jeremy Spencer's powerful slide guitar and vocal work. Updating James' tunes would be something the early band would do quite often, yet this early take has a certain drive and freshness that is undeniable, and adding Peter Green's snaky lead guitar gave the group an unfair advantage.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Fleetwood Mac [1968] 1968 Sony Music Distribution 3:43
Black Magic Woman 1971 Epic
Fleetwood Mac/Mr. Wonderful/Pious Bird of Good Omen 1998 Sony Music Distribution 2:57
The Complete Blue Horizon Sessions: 1967-1969 1999 Sire 3:43
The Best of the Original Fleetwood Mac 1999 CBS Records 2:59
The Best of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac [Columbia] 2003 Sony Music Distribution / Columbia 2:58
The Old Grey Whistle Test: Blues 2011
Various Artists
Rhino 2:57