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Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac Before The Beginning - 1968-1970

Submitted by Sandy Graham

A new 3CD box set from Sony Music will allow fans to relive the power of the original Fleetwood Mac on stage with material personally selected by founder Peter Green. Featuring two recently discovered live recordings, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac Before The Beginning - 1968 - 1970 Rare Live & Demo Sessions will be released on June 7, 2019, and will also include rare band images and brand new liner notes by rock researcher and historian Christopher Hjort. The box set will be released alongside a 3LP vinyl, Volume One, consisting of the 1968 tracks; Volume Two, the 1970s tracks, will be released at a later date. Volume Two will also include a 3LP vinyl and will feature additional previously unreleased demos. Both vinyl releases are on triple heavyweight discs and pre-orders will include a live version of the band's hit ‘Albatross’ available gratis upon order. 

Not much is known about the live recordings, which provide a vital insight into the very earliest incarnation of one of the world’s biggest bands. Discovered unlabeled and by pure luck in the U.S., the previously unreleased demos capture the band’s short but hugely prolific career between 1967-1970 when it was known as Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac. The 1968 recordings reflect the early stages of the band, while the 1970 recording, in contrast, features one of the band’s final shows before Peter Green’s departure. Untouched for over 40 years and in incredibly good condition, the recordings have been authenticated by experts familiar with the band’s blues origins, restored, and released with the full approval of Fleetwood Mac.

Founding member of Wishbone Ash, Andy Powell, who is regarded as one of the most innovative and influential rock guitarists of all time, deems Peter Green’s guitar playing as his inspiration: “Peter and Fleetwood Mac have been an endless inspiration on so many levels that I can’t even begin to quantify it. I was lucky enough to have been at Fleetwood Mac’s first gig at the Windsor Jazz and Blues Festival in 1967 and Peter Green’s playing up close and personal did it for me like no one else. It sealed my destiny and life’s inspiration and purpose as a guitar player. To find out that there are previously unreleased Fleetwood Mac performances about to be available is truly exciting.”

Volume One, the 1968 recording, contains early incarnations of some of the bands most loved and famous songs including ‘Madison Blues’ and ‘I Need Your Love So Bad’ from the blues era and ‘Long Tall Sally’ and ‘Willie and the Hand Jive’ from the Rock ‘n’ Roll College of Music.

Volume Two will feature the 1970 recording and will also feature demos and rarities of classic tracks including ‘Oh Well’, ‘Green Manalishi’ and the band’s first UK No. 1 hit ‘Albatross’.

Fleetwood Mac was founded by Peter Green in 1967 and was named after Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. After Peter Green left in 1969, Fleetwood and McVie remained as original members, and the band has since featured a cast of brilliant talents. Most notably, Christine McVie joined the band in 1970, with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joining in 1974. The enduring spirit of Fleetwood Mac stands for an incredible body of great music that has connected with generations of people all over the world for more than 50 years. Fleetwood Mac has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and the GRAMMY Award-winning band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

3 CD TRACKLISTING

CD1

1. Madison Blues (Version 1) (Live) (Remastered)

2. Something Inside of Me (Live) (Remastered)

3. The Woman That I Love (Live) (Remastered)

4. Worried Dream (Live) (Remastered)

5. Dust My Blues (Live) (Remastered)

6. Got To Move (Live) (Remastered)

7. Trying So Hard To Forget (Live) (Remastered)

8. Instrumental (Live) (Remastered)

9. Have You Ever Loved A Woman (Live) (Remastered)

10. Lazy Poker Blues (Live) (Remastered)

11. Stop Messing Around (Live) (Remastered)

12. I Loved Another Woman (Live) (Remastered)

13. I Believe My Time Ain't Long (Version 1) (Live) (Remastered)

14. Sun Is Shining (Live) (Remastered)

CD2

1. Long Tall Sally (Live) (Remastered)

2. Willie and the Hand Jive (Live) (Remastered)

3. I Need Your Love So Bad (Live) (Remastered)

4. I Believe My Time Ain’t Long (Version 2) (Live) (Remastered)

5. Shake Your Money Maker (Live) (Remastered)

6. Before the Beginning (Live) (Remastered)

7. Only You (Live) (Remastered)

8. Madison Blues (Version 2) (Live) (Remastered)

9. Can’t Stop Lovin’ (Live) (Remastered)

10. The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown) (Live) (Remastered)

11. Albatross (Live) (Remastered)

12. World In Harmony (Version 1) (Live) (Remastered)

13. Sandy Mary (Live) (Remastered)

14. Only You (Live) (Remastered)

15. World In Harmony (Version 2) (Live) (Remastered)

CD 3

1. I Can't Hold Out (Live) (Remastered)

2. Oh Well (Part 1) (Live) (Remastered)

3. Rattlesnake Shake (Live) (Remastered)

4. Underway (Live) (Remastered)

5. Coming Your Way (Live) (Remastered)

6. Homework (Live) (Remastered)

7. My Baby’s Sweet (Live) (Remastered)

8. My Baby’s Gone (Live) (Remastered)

9. You Need Love (Demo) (Remastered)

10. Talk With (Demo) (Remastered)

11. If It Ain’t Me (GK Edit) (Demo) (Remastered)

12. Mean Old World (Demo) (Remastered)

VOLUME ONE VINYL TRACKLISTING

VINYL 1 SIDE A

1. Madison Blues (Version 1) (Live) (Remastered)

2.Something Inside of Me (Live) (Remastered)

3.The Woman That I Love (Live) (Remastered)

VINYL 1 SIDE B

1. Worried Dream (Live) (Remastered)

2. Dust My Blues (Live) (Remastered)

3. Got To Move (Live) (Remastered)

VINYL 2 SIDE A

1. Trying So Hard To Forget (Live) (Remastered)

2. Instrumental (Live) (Remastered)

3. Have You Ever Loved A Woman (Live) (Remastered)

VINYL 2 SIDE B

1. Lazy Poker Blues (Live) (Remastered)

2. Stop Messing ‘Round (Live) (Remastered)

3. I Loved Another Woman (Live) (Remastered)

4. I Believe My Time Ain't Long (Version 1) (Live) (Remastered)

VINYL 3 SIDE A

1. Sun Is Shining (Live) (Remastered)

2. Long Tall Sally (Live) (Remastered)

3. Willie and the Hand Jive (Live) (Remastered)

4. I Need Your Love So Bad (Live) (Remastered)

VINYL 3 SIDE B

1. I Believe My Time Ain’t Long (Version 2) (Live) (Remastered)

2. Shake Your Money Maker (Live) (Remastered)

Pre-orders are available here: http://smarturl.it/FMBeforetheBeginning