That Was Then
Goes back 17 years to meet Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac.
23-YEAR-OLD PETER GREEN is pictured (right) at Chess studios, Chicago in 1969 during the recording of the "Blues Jam At Chess" LP. Guitarist Green was then a member of Fleetwood Mac who recorded the "Jam" LP with revered black bluesmen like Otis Spann, Walter Horton and Honey Boy Edwards. Green's first break had come back in 1966 when he'd joined John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, admirably replacing Eric Clapton and playing on the excellent "Hard Road" LP; the following year Green formed Fleetwood Mac with bassist John McVie, drummer Mick Fleetwood and slide guitarist Jeremy Spencer. Peter began to establish his reputation for virtuoso guitar instrumentals, particularly on Mac's classy pop hits 'Albatross' (1968), 'Oh Well' (1969), and 'Green Manalishi' (1970), while more conventional blues material was saved for LPs like "Mr Wonderful" (1968) and "Then Play On" (1969). Green's first electric had been a Harmony Meteor, but in the Chess picture he's still using his trusty late 50s Gibson Les Paul Standard which he'd used from the Mayall days onward and for all the classic Fleetwood Mac sessions, and which he later gave away.
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