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Shrine '69 Review Columbus Dispatch

* Shrine '69, Fleetwood Mac (Rykodisc): On Shrine '69 -- the first in a series of live recordings by Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan and others drawn from board tapes of soundman Stuart "Dinky" Dawson -- Fleetwood Mac sounds like other blues-rock outfits of the time.

This isn't surprising, as the core of the band -- Mick Fleetwood, John McVie and Peter Green -- had previously played in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Guitarist Green sings like Otis Rush and Magic Sam; second guitarist Jeremy Spencer impersonates Elmore James. Third guitarist Danny Kirwan
, who played on long, sometimes abstract jams with Green, contributes a bluesy ballad (Something Inside of Me) that relied on colors and tones not found in traditional blues.

Green's blues style, for one, is restlessly unbound in tunes such as Albatross and the killer guitar vehicle Before the Beginning. These songs echo the quicksilver tone found in Green's classic song Black Magic Woman.

-- Curtis Schieber

Date: 1999-07-22         Number of views: 1145

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