The Anthology

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Some Peter Green fans might be put off by this 64-song/four-CD collection, owing to the fact that they are likely to already own a significant chunk of what's here (especially the Fleetwood Mac material). (And in fairness, there apparently isn't a lot of -- or any -- unreleased material to draw on from Green's classic period with the band). But this reviewer had to spring for this four-and-a-half hour showcase of his work, and for one major reason -- vitality. Green's virtuosity is a given, and his taste and his insights into blues and what can be done with it -- while still leaving it as blues -- are well known to anyone who's heard his work. But what the makers have done ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Some Peter Green fans might be put off by this 64-song/four-CD collection, owing to the fact that they are likely to already own a significant chunk of what's here (especially the Fleetwood Mac material). (And in fairness, there apparently isn't a lot of -- or any -- unreleased material to draw on from Green's classic period with the band). But this reviewer had to spring for this four-and-a-half hour showcase of his work, and for one major reason -- vitality. Green's virtuosity is a given, and his taste and his insights into blues and what can be done with it -- while still leaving it as blues -- are well known to anyone who's heard his work. But what the makers have done here is to truly assemble his finest, most energetic and inspired work across over 35 years and well over four hours' listening time, into a collection that's greater than the sum of its parts -- in that regard, this set rivals the Eric Clapton Crossroads retrospective, except that doing this set took a bit more courage, as Green hasn't gotten nearly the publicity for his musicianship that Clapton has for his across the last four decades. The first two discs and the first half of the third contain a track list that, distilled slightly more, could be a strong contender for a "best of Fleetwood Mac" in their pre-pop incarnation, 23 tracks that, thanks to some ambitious cross-licensing, combine the group's Blue Horizon and Reprise catalog material into a comprehensive whole, and the makers have even included one cut off of Green's post-Mac End of the Game solo album. Green's earlier work with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers is represented, if not quite so thoroughly, and his two distinct periods working with Pete Bardens, under his own name and earlier as part of Peter B's Looners, is offered, along with material done with Duster Bennett and Otis Spann. The quality of the playing (and singing) speaks for itself, but the producers have also assembled the material in not quite strict chronological order -- "Soul Dressing" with Peter B's Looners is right in the middle of a disc that includes work with Mayall, Duster Bennett, Otis Spann, and early Fleetwood Mac -- so that there's a lot of variety in the listening. The sounds range from Mississippi Delta and electric Chicago blues to prog rock-ish and psychedelic pieces, and into R&B-based material, acoustic tracks placed just right in the middle of electric sides, and all manner of variation. The fourth disc covers the highlights of Green's solo career, and while the tendency of some would be to dismiss it or, at least, regard it as more of an appendix to his classic years, it turns out to be as vital as the rest of the set -- whatever personal demons Green had to overcome to get to the point represented here, it will be plain to anyone that he brought as much energy and finely tuned musical insights to his post-1971 career as he did to his work with his early bands. In other words, for anyone who truly loves the blues, Green's solo work with the Splinter Group (and some other contexts), represented on Disc Four, is every bit as worthwhile as his early stuff. And that -- and the killer sound, and the excellent annotation -- more than makes up for any repetition that might be entailed in buying this set. For longtime fans it's still essential, and for anyone who's ever wondered what the big deal was about Peter Green, or the "other" Fleetwood Mac, or even British blues, it's a great place to start, and might just be a revelation. (And it will also be a good introduction to the work of Pete Bardens, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Zoot Money, et al.).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Salvo
  • UPC: 698458840424
  • Catalog Number: 404
  • Sales rank: 26,337

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Evil Woman Blues (4:04)
  2. 2 The Stumble - John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers (2:54)
  3. 3 Sitting in the Rain - John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers (2:58)
  4. 4 The World Keep on Turning (2:29)
  5. 5 The Supernatural - John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers (2:56)
  6. 6 Looking for Somebody (2:51)
  7. 7 Long Grey Mare (2:15)
  8. 8 Stop Messin' Around (2:21)
  9. 9 The Train Is Coming (4:29)
  10. 10 Greeny - John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers (3:55)
  11. 11 Soul Dressing - Peter B's Looners (3:49)
  12. 12 I Loved Another Woman (2:56)
  13. 13 No Place to Go (3:21)
  14. 14 You Don't Love Me - John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers (2:49)
  15. 15 Lazy Poker Blues (2:35)
  16. 16 Merry Go Round (4:09)
  17. 17 Trying So Hard to Forget (4:48)
  18. 18 Ramblin' Pony (3:34)
  19. 19 Drifting (3:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Black Magic Woman (2:53)
  2. 2 Albatross (3:11)
  3. 3 Ain't Nobody's Business - Otis Spann (5:13)
  4. 4 Someday Baby - Otis Spann (3:03)
  5. 5 Watch Out! (4:21)
  6. 6 Ooh Baby (4:08)
  7. 7 Horton's Boogie Woogie - Otis Spann (3:39)
  8. 8 Love That Burns (5:03)
  9. 9 First Train Home (4:07)
  10. 10 Need Your Love So Bad (6:15)
  11. 11 Don't Goof with the Spook (7:23)
  12. 12 The Answer (5:27)
  13. 13 Homage to the God of Light (13:34)
  14. 14 Oh Well, Pts. 1 & 2 (9:05)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Man of the World (2:53)
  2. 2 Before the Beginning (3:27)
  3. 3 Momma Don'tcha Cry (3:21)
  4. 4 Underway (2:53)
  5. 5 Rattlesnake Shake (3:30)
  6. 6 It's Gonna Be Me (3:36)
  7. 7 White Sky (Love That Evil Woman) (8:48)
  8. 8 The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown) (4:35)
  9. 9 Show-Biz Blues (3:54)
  10. 10 In the Skies (3:48)
  11. 11 Like a Hot Tomato (3:07)
  12. 12 Whatcha Gonna Do? (3:50)
  13. 13 Carry My Love (4:59)
  14. 14 Corners of My Mind (3:46)
  15. 15 Hidden Depth (4:56)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Big Change Is Gonna Come - Peter Green Splinter Group (5:05)
  2. 2 I'm a Steady Rollin' Man - Peter Green Splinter Group (3:32)
  3. 3 It Takes Time - Peter Green Splinter Group (5:09)
  4. 4 Don't Walk Away - Peter Green Splinter Group (4:34)
  5. 5 Heart of Stone - Peter Green Splinter Group (4:43)
  6. 6 Love in Vain Blues - Peter Green Splinter Group (4:46)
  7. 7 From Four Until Late - Peter Green Splinter Group (3:01)
  8. 8 I'm Ready for You - Peter Green Splinter Group (4:41)
  9. 9 Cruel Contradictions - Dick Heckstall-Smith (6:47)
  10. 10 Me and the Devil Blues - Peter Green Splinter Group (3:01)
  11. 11 Cross Road Blues - Peter Green Splinter Group (2:55)
  12. 12 Dead Shrimp Blues - Peter Green Splinter Group (2:50)
  13. 13 Travelling Riverside Blues - Peter Green Splinter Group (4:06)
  14. 14 Time Keeps Slipping Away - Peter Green Splinter Group (4:44)
  15. 15 Look out for Yourself - Peter Green Splinter Group (4:30)
  16. 16 Albatross - Chris Coco (5:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Peter Green Primary Artist
Chris Coco Track Performer
Sacha Puttnam Track Performer
Technical Credits
Willie Cobbs Composer
Big Walter Horton Composer
Freddie King Composer
Steve Cropper Composer
John Mayall Composer
Sonny Thompson Composer
Peter Bardens Composer
Peter Green Composer
Dick Heckstall-Smith Composer
Robert Johnson Composer
Booker T. Jones Composer
B.B. King Author
Otis Rush Composer
Otis Spann Composer
Lewis Steinberg Composer
Nigel Watson Producer
Noel Gallagher Author
Al Jackson Jr. Composer
Barry Plummer Photo Courtesy
Kenny Denton Producer
Chris Coco Programming, Producer
Sacha Puttnam Programming, Producer
Cotton Bend Composer
Pete Brown Brooklyn Blues Blowers Producer
Chester Burnett Composer
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