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Peter Green Splinter Group

Peter Green is regarded by some fans as the greatest white blues guitarist ever, Eric Clapton notwithstanding. Born Peter Greenbaum but calling himself Peter Green by age 15, he grew up in London's working-class East End. Green's early musical influences were Hank Marvin of the Shadows, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Freddie King, and traditional Jewish music. He originally played bass before being invited in 1966 by keyboardist Peter Bardens to play lead in the Peter B's, whose drummer was a lanky chap named Mick Fleetwood. The 19-year-old Green was with Bardens just three months before joining John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, whose rapidly shifting personnel included bassist John McVie and drummer Aynsley Dunbar. A keen fan of Clapton, Green badgered Mayall to give him a chance when the Bluesbreakers guitarist split for an indefinite vacation in Greece. Green sounded great and, as Mayall recalls, was not amused when Clapton returned after a handful of gigs, and Green was out.

When Clapton left the band for good six months later to form Cream, Mayall cajoled Green back. Fans were openly hostile because Green was not God, although they appreciated Clapton's replacement in time. Producer Mike Vernon was aghast when the Bluesbreakers showed up without Clapton to record the album A Hard Road in late 1966, but was won over by Green's playing. On many tracks you'd be hard-pressed to tell it wasn't Clapton playing. With an eerie Green instrumental called "The Supernatural," he demonstrated the beginning of his trademark fluid, haunting style so reminiscent of B.B. King.

When Green left Mayall in 1967, he took McVie and Fleetwood to found Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan shortly afterward gave Fleetwood Mac an unusual three-guitar front line. Green was at his peak for the albums Mr. Wonderful, English Rose, Then Play On, and a live Boston Tea Party recording. His instrumental "Albatross" was the band's first British number one single and "Black Magic Woman" was later a huge hit for Carlos Santana. But Green had been experimenting with acid and his behavior became increasingly irrational, especially after he disappeared for three days of rampant drug use in Munich. He became very religious, appearing on-stage wearing crucifixes and flowing robes. His bandmates resisted Green's suggestion to donate most of their money to charity, and he left in mid-1970 after writing a harrowing biographical tune called "The Green Manalishi."

After a bitter, rambling solo album called The End of the Game, Green saddened fans when he hung up his guitar, except for helping the Mac complete a tour when Spencer suddenly joined the Children of God in Los Angeles and quit the band. Green's chaotic odyssey of almost a decade included rumors that he was a gravedigger, a bartender in Cornwall, a hospital orderly, and a member of an Israeli commune. When an accountant sent him an unwanted royalty check, Green confronted his tormentor with a gun, although it was unloaded. Green went to jail briefly before being transferred to an asylum.

Green emerged in the late '70s and early '80s with albums In the Skies, Little Dreamer, White Sky, and Kolors, featuring at times Bardens, Robin Trower drummer Reg Isidore, and Fairport Convention drummer Dave Mattacks. He reprised the Then Play On Mac standard "Rattlesnake Shake" on Fleetwood's solo 1981 album, The Visitor. British author Martin Celmins wrote Green's biography in 1995. Psychologically troubled, on medication, and hardly playing the guitar for most of the '90s, the reclusive Green resumed sporadic recording in the second half of the decade. He surfaces unexpectedly from time to time, most prominently January 12, 1998, when Fleetwood Mac was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In a rare, perfect moment, Green jammed with fellow inductee Santana on "Black Magic Woman." ~ Mark Allan, Rovi
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No, can't pen Green in with any generic definitions.
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Have you listened to the second track on In The Skies? Talk about Screaming guitars.
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Nothing but the blues
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karmacreatio n s you are rigt
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karmacreatio n s
If you can't get into the blues you are nowhere man !
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karmacreatio n s
Peter green not in Fleetwood Mac is what is missing from them
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cynic8
Mose Allison. No guitar, piano. Never made it big because he couldn't be pinned down to blues or jazz. Couldn't be pigeon-holed . Mose knows. P. Green is very good. Don't know where I am going with this :)
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I love peter Green and of course he beats Clapton.
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Classic Mac sound. Shades of early Savoy Brown
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The best white blues guitarist
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kvons1
the REAL Fleetwood Mac
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mansfield646
kirkstubbs2- C l a p t o n doesn't feel the Blues...Wow, how can you say that? Watch your kid fall from a 4th story window to his death. I'm not saying Clapton is God, but he is great.
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Really, wonder why the race comment when mentioning blues? As in not bad for a white guy, because we all know whites don't have much going on when it comes to music????? Mozart, Bach, Beethoven what loosers..... Getting really tired of this notion that black dudes are endowed with magical blues powers. I know plenty of horrible black blues players. In my opinion Ronnie Earl is the greatest blues player period in any race.
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cowdog68
Oh well
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Great blues but you give Eric Clapton too much credit. Greatest white guitarist. Eric Clapton doesn't even make my top 10 list. He's a great entertainer and play a good guitar, but he doesn't feel the blues and therefore can't play the blues. He knows the notes but....... But Peter Green Splinter group plays nice kickback music.
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nice high-mountai n - l i s t e n i n g music!!
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dbrown0840
this has been my man for 16 years....dis c o v e r e d his music on a double cd called Rattlesnake Guitar. it features all kinds of artists playing his music. it would surprise most people the songs that he wrote they thought were written by an artist they heard singing/play i n g it. he is one of the greatest in my opinion!!! Rock on Peter!xoxo
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roco.6078
walkin the long road home blues...
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great music
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Of course you are!
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pete is great im really digging his sound
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clapton is still here wheres pete
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This dude has talent! I hope he's making lots of money!
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Peter Green... what can you say!!!
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Oh yeah, he was part of the GOOD original Fleetwood Mac, not the later version of Top-40 lightweights .
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the origional black magic woman guy,with fleetwood mac.sounds great,hot guitar rock on peter.
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kvons1
used to see Green and Fleetwood Mac on a regular basis at the Boston Tea Party-----gr e a t times they were!!
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larsonvicky9
I discovered Peter Green on Pandora recently and wish I would've known about him years ago. I guess they didn't give him any radio play in the Twin Cities, MN.
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Cool Down...... cool!
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mcc235813
Fleetwood Mac w/ Greene used to play Tea Party in Boston Mass. My brother-in-l a w was the late Frank Connelly who among other things brought the Beatles to Boston twice. He got me a couple of tickets to a Cream concert, the last show ever at the old Back Bay Theatre: tix which let you stand in front. Had to stand at the back because of 32 Marshall amps: sound was so loud it made your intestines quiver. Peter Greene was, then, the better guitarist, no joke. Isn't the same artist now at all....
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Alcohol and pills! "Jim Lauderdale"
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why..because his white get over it already ...
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jamesburts53 7
awsome
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I just love my PG music, the man's music is fun to play along with. just wish I could play like him.
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waltermcalli s t e r
Why must we say white?
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tammyp0962
one of the most under-estima t e d blues artist known to man. Without question one of the best in my opinion .
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streamfisher 1
Listen to his song, Greeny. It is one of the best blues songs ever written. His licks are amazing!
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magruver
""Excellent, , Blues....... . .
love it,

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