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Shrine '69 Review (Boston Globe)

The first release in the "Dinky Who?" series of live archive recordings made by legendary soundman Stuart "Dinky" Dawson is an auspicious one. It features the Peter Green-era Fleetwood Mac at the Shrine Exposition in Los Angeles on Jan. 25, 1969. It's true that there has been a slew of early Mac live recordings of late, but this is one of the best and captures the band playing inspired blues. A year later, they would evolve into a more rock-based outfit before falling apart and eventually reemerging as a pop force when Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined in the mid-'70s. But here, the band explores the blues with passion. Green, a guitar genius many argue is as great as Eric Clapton, is in magnificent form. The additional guitars of Danny Kirwan and Jeremy Spencer complement him. The interplay is extraordinary on the instrumental "Albatross" and a splendid cover of B.B. King's "Need Your Love So Bad." The moody "My Sweet Baby" features some exquisite slide work from Spencer; and the rhythm section of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie is exemplary on a rollicking take of Jerry Lee Lewis's "Great Balls of Fire."

Date: 1999-06-24         Number of views: 1239

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