Peter Green, In The Skies (1979)
I first became aware of Peter Green when watching the wonderful TV doco – Fleetwood Mac at 21. I’ve been a lifelong fan of the band, but at that point though I knew the song Albatross I didn’t really know about Green nor even the blues years; must have just thought of Albatross as some weird instrumental anomaly (which, come to think of it, it still is…it always was…) Anyway, that documentary was a revelation – all the different pieces of the puzzle. I was maybe 10 and since then I’ve been tracking down and collecting up everything connected to Mac and its various versions – including the solo albums. This was Peter Green’s return to music after a 1970s out in the wilderness, it’s – technically – his second solo album but really it’s the start of his solo career since his 1970 album was a fever-dream of a frenzy-jam that was so very much in the vein of the then-Mac’s wilder moments. But this is Green and his bluesman’s touch attempting to reconnect. It’s got some gems. But his playing wasn’t always up to it. Snowy White, a veteran sideman – or on his way to being one at this point anyway – was on hand to fill in the gaps.
Sample Track: A Fool No More
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