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Editors’ Notes

"Albatross") is a 1969 collection dominated by the eight songs on the band's first four British singles, with some extras added in. The fact that it stands up right alongside the two "proper" albums they'd released at the time is a testament to the British blues-rockers' consistent firepower during that period. In terms of the straight blues that were mostly the band's stock in trade at the time, frontmen Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer take admirable command of Little Willie John's slow burner "Need Your Love So Bad" and Elmore James' "The Sun Is Shining." But original material like the serpentine, Otis Rush–on-a-bad-trip "Black Magic Woman" (soon to become a hit for Santana) and the luxurious, decidedly non-blues instrumental "Albatross" (the inspiration for The Beatles' "Sun King") hints at how far beyond blues basics the band would travel on subsequent albums. Alternate takes that find Green chewing out his bandmates amid a flurry of false starts add a refreshing air of fallibility.

Customer Reviews

Don't Buy This Version

Pious Bird of Good Omen is a fantastic album in it its original form. It is an exhibition of British Blues Rock at its finest, however, this is not the original version of the album. This is Blue Horizon's version from 2004. This version contains 5 different takes of Need You love So Bad (probably because the band was able to put Little Willie John's classic on the charts in the UK for the 3rd time). However in doing this the album cut off great songs like: "Coming Home", "The Big Boat", "Looking For Somebody", and "Stop Messin' Round". They also put alternate versions of a couple songs, different from that of the original album. Not only are we cheated out of 5 great songs, but this is a huge disruption to the feel of the original album. I would avoid this version at all costs, unless you are trying to collect rare or alternate versions of the songs. iTunes needs to start making the original versions of the albums available for purchase.

Pious Bird

When I came to the states from UK - not many had heard of Peter Greene. Now he gets featured as the 'other' Eric Clapton'. This is England's best EVER blues guitarist and it stands out on Albatross, Black Magic Woman - (yes his) and the Need your love so bad - cover. Just listen - but we don't need the extra versions - and we could do with 'Man of the World'. This is guitar at its finest 'The guy who should have been born black' (BB King - or similar)

British Blues

Between (the original) Fleetwood Mac and John Mayall (with the various incarnations of The Bluesbreakers), you have some of the finest British Blues. Listened to the original Mac on vinyl so often, we wore the grooves out.


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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