Fleetwood Mac, Need Your Love So Bad [Single] (1969)
A Facebook chum messages. Says he’s found a double-up in his collection and would I like to have it. It’s only Need Your Love So Bad by Fleetwood Mac. Of course I’d fucking love it! It arrives – and it plays just fine. Any tiny little scratch or hiss on it only adds to the magic of a song like this anyway. As regular readers will know I love all things Fleetwood Mac – and sometimes that especially means the Peter Green era/years – and yes you can consider that a separate group altogether. Many start and stop there. Others that love the big stadium pop songs haven’t gone back to the blues years – and then there are plenty of us that love it all, that buy up the solo albums and read the bios from anyone even fleetingly connected to this great rock’n’roll soap opera. But Need Your Love So Bad might be the quintessential statement from the Green-era of the group; might also be the quintessential moment in the British blues boom. There’s something that the purists will never understand about the British blues; this deep reserve of Englishness the floods through their channelling of grief and wisdom and heart and soul from the songs they found solace in from a far off – and then great – land. Anyway, what a treat to have this on 45. I am collecting up anything I can find to do with Fleetwood Mac on vinyl. Which is a long, dusty, weird road indeed. But my life was made a little happier when opening the mailbox today. And straight onto the turntable it went. And three times through on first play/s. Magic. This really is the stuff.
Sample Track 1: (Side A): Need Your Love So Bad
Sample Track 2: (Side B): No Place To Go
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