Shrine '69 Review (Virginia Pilot and Ledger Star)
Chalk up another mother lode for the Ryko prospectors. The Zappa catalog still yields gold; the Meat Puppets' was a treasure-trove. Now come the archives of Stuart ``Dinky'' Dawson, soundman for the Kinks, Steely Dan, Lou Reed, The Byrds and, the series' first release, Fleetwood Mac.
First, a caveat: This ain't your sister's Mac.
Recorded in January 1969 at L.A.'s Shrine Auditorium, it has Bluesbreakers vets Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan at their bluesiest. No wonder; it's the same lineup that cut the classic LPs ``English Rose'' and ``Then Play On.''
The set's a primer. Green duels the ghosts of Chicago's finest on ``If You'll Be My Baby,'' Spencer summons Elmore James on ``My Baby Sweet.'' ``Albatross'' still feels like sunset on the beach.
And though Fleetwood and McVie kick-start ``Rolling Man,'' this show (an opening gig for the Mothers) is triggered by the kind of restraint that strains seams.
- C.A. Shapiro, The Pilot
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