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Album Review

With songs taken from Fleetwood Mac and Mr. Wonderful, Pious Bird of Good Omen serves as a worthy 12-track compilation of the band's early Peter Green days. Climbing to number 18 in the U.K., the album managed to catapult Fleetwood Mac's version of Little Willie John's "Need Your Love So Bad" into the English charts for the third time, resting at number 42. The album itself was released by Blue Horizon after the group's contract with them had expired, making it one of the best routes in which to explore their mingling of Chicago and British blues. "Albatross," "Black Magic Woman," and "I Believe My Time Ain't Long" are timeless Fleetwood Mac standards, representing some of the band's best pre-Rumours work. Anyone who isn't familiar with Fleetwood Mac's origins should use Pious Bird of Good Omen as a starting point in investigating the first wave of the band, which will almost certainly lead to further interests into albums such as English Rose, Then Play On, and Kiln House, and then into later albums like Bare Trees and Penguin, which reveal subtle yet effective changes in the band's blues sound. But even aside from its purpose as a collection, Pious Bird of Good Omen makes for a terrific laid-back stroll through some of the best British blues music ever made.

Customer Reviews

Blues lover? Peter Green deserves your attention!

Unreal to think that this band turned into one of the most over-blown and over-hyped bands on the face of the planet. This Fleetwood Mac is a BLUES BAND, more akin to a slightly more melodic and less purist Bluesbreakers. The sounds they created are uncomplicated yet dripping in layers of tone and very easy to relax yourself into. Peter Green's guitar playing is more minimalist than the like of Clapton and Page, but that is what makes it so very good. He manages to say in just a few notes what many will never come close to with many more. Need Your Love So Bad is possibly the best way to experience this and the fact that there are 5 versions of it on this album will please guitarites out there! So if you're looking for mellow and melodic blues then look no further, however do not expect Rumours or the like!

On a scale of 1-10...

...Peter Green rates a 12* Funny how one forgets over the years the tragic story of PG, a man who just wanted to play guitar and write songs, probably some of the best of the genre to ever have been written. There is so much to say about the man.. from the sublime 'Albatross' to the theatrical 'Oh Well' of that period, as witness I feel very honoured. Surfice to say, Peter is a real man of this world, the first Englishman to be invited to play with all the great Chicago bluesmen in the 60's!

Biography

Formed: 1967 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

While most bands undergo a number of changes over the course of their careers, few groups experienced such radical stylistic changes as Fleetwood Mac. Initially conceived as a hard-edged British blues combo in the late '60s, the band gradually evolved into a polished pop/rock act over the course of a decade. Throughout all of their incarnations, the only consistent members of Fleetwood Mac were drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie -- the rhythm section that provided the band with its name....
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