Sunday, 10 July 2011

Peter Green

Peter Green (born Peter Allen Greenbaum, 29 October 1946, in Bethnal Green, London) is a British blues-rock guitarist and the founder of the band Fleetwood Mac. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 for his work with the group, Green's compositions have been covered by artists such as Santana, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, and Judas Priest. A major figure and bandleader in the "second great epoch" of the British blues movement, Green inspired B. B. King to say, "He has the sweetest tone I ever heard; he was the only one who gave me the cold sweats." Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page have both lauded his guitar playing. Green's playing was marked with idiomatic string bending and vibrato and economy of style. Though he played other guitars, he is best known for deriving a unique tone from his 1959 Gibson Les Paul. He was ranked 38th in Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". His tone on the Bluesbreakers instrumental "The Super-Natural" was rated as one of the fifty greatest of all time by Guitar Player. In June 1996 Green was voted the third-best guitarist of all time in Mojo magazine.

Green first played in a band called Bobby Denim and the Dominoes which performed pop chart covers and rock 'n' roll standards. Later he joined a rhythm and blues outfit the Muskrats, then a band called The Tridents in which he played bass. In 1966, Green played lead guitar in Peter Bardens' band "Peter B's Looners", where he met Mick Fleetwood, the Looners' drummer. It was here that he made his recording debut with the single "If You Wanna Be Happy / Jodrell Blues". "If You Wanna Be Happy" was an instrumental cover of a Jimmy Soul song. After three months with Bardens' group, Green had the opportunity to fill in for Eric Clapton in John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, for three concerts. Soon after, upon Clapton's departure from the Bluesbreakers, he became a full-time member of Mayall's band. Green made his recording debut with the Bluesbreakers on the album A Hard Road which featured two of his own compositions, "The Same Way" and "The Supernatural". The latter was one of Green's first instrumentals, which would soon become a trademark. So proficient was he that his musician friends bestowed upon him the nickname "The Green God". In 1967, Green decided to form his own blues band, and left John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.

In late June 1970, Green appeared at the Bath Festival with John Mayall, Rod Mayall (organ) and Larry Taylor (bass). The same year he recorded a jam session entitled The End of the Game; it would be 9 years before his next album release. In 1971 he had a brief reunion with Fleetwood Mac helping them to complete a USA tour when Jeremy Spencer left the group. Other than two 1970 tracks with Bobby Tench's band Gass (featured on Juju) , 2 singles as Peter Green and Peter Green's "Beast of Burden", a gig at B. B. King London sessions in 1972, an uncredited appearance on Fleetwood Mac's "Penguin" LP in 1973, Green succumbed to mental illness, drug use and professional obscurity from which he only began to emerge in 1979. During this period he sold his signature 1959 Gibson Les Paul sunburst guitar to Northern Irish guitarist Gary Moore.

Peter was born into a Jewish family, the youngest of Joe and Ann Greenbaum's four children. His brother Michael taught him his first guitar chords, and by age 11 Peter was teaching himself, going on to begin playing professionally at 15.Enduring periods of mental illness and destitution throughout the 70's and 80's, punctuated by efforts at comeback, in 1991/92 he moved in with his eldest brother Len and his wife Gloria, and his mother in their house in Great Yarmouth, where a process of recovery began.

He married Jane Samuels in January 1978; the couple divorced in 1979. They have a daughter, Rosebud Samuels-Greenbaum (b. 1978).

Peter Green - Little Dreamer  1980

01. Loser two times
02. Momma don't 'cha cry
03. Born under a bad sign
04. I could not ask for more
05. Baby when the sun goes down
06. Walkin' the road
07. One woman love
08. Cryin' won't bring you back
09. Little dreamer

Peter Green - A Case For The Blues -1987

01   Dust My Broom  4:18 
02   One More Night Without You  5:25 
03   Crane's Train Boogie  3:15 
04   Boogie All The Way  4:27 
05   Zulu Gone West  3:08 
06   Blowing All My Troubles Away  5:20 
07   Stranger Blues  4:53 
08   Sweet Sixteen  3:30 
09   Who's That Knocking  4:19 
10  The Case 

Peter Green & Fleetwood Mac - Jumping At Shadows The Blues Years (1970)

CD 1
01. Black Magic Woman (live)
02. Jumping At Shadows (live)
03. Oh Well (live)
04. Ride With Your Daddy Tonight
05. Do You Give A Damn For Me?
06. Love That Burns
07. World In Harmony
08. Long Grey Mare
09. Talk To Me Baby
10. Fast Talking Woman Blues
11. Man Of The World (Early Version)
12. If You Let Me Love You
13. My Baby's Sweeter
14. Like It This Way
15. The Madge Sessions No. 2
16. Lazy Poker Blues
17. I Have To Laugh
18. Green Manalishi

CD 2
01. Man Of The World (Single Version)
02. Showbiz Blues
03. Buzz Me Baby
04. Blues In B Flat Minor
05. It Takes Time
06. Leaving Town Blues
07. The Sun Is Shining
08. Uranus
09. Mind Of My Own
10. How Blue You Can Get?
11. Trying So Hard To Forget
12. Two Harps
13. Thinking About A Woman
14. Kind Hearted Woman
15. Coming, I'm Coming
16. Stranger Blues (live)
17. Coming Your Way (live)
18. Rattlesnake Shake (live) 

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