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(TV) Peter Green/The Dirty Three
After mentioning both in the same message earlier today, they come up
again. On a trip to the good CD store in town, I picked up _Whatever You
Love, You Are_ and, in the used bin, _The Pious Bird of Good Omen_
by...Fleetwood Mac. The one with Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer, and Danny
Kirwan. (Even though I _knew_ which FM it was, I still had to get over
that psychological hurdle.)
The Mac is really surprising. The only Green-era Mac I'd ever heard was
"Oh, Well," and this is much, much more of a blues record. Slower than I'd
expected, less rocking and more stomping/swinging. The tones are rich,
raw, and slippery. It's not too far from the Mayall, but a lot rougher and
less refined in some way. I mean that in a good way. A friend of mine,
while playing me a collection of Chicago blues, said, "You can only play
harmonica like that if you've spent several years in prison, or had a hard,
hard life." The blues on _Bird_ definitely have a hard life cry of pain in
them. I was surprised to see that, according to the insert, "Black Magic
Woman" (yep, that one) was a Green original, although from the long list of
publishing companies on the packaging, I can guess that he didn't see much
in the way of royalties from this.
I'm intrigued by this one. For the Green fans out there, where would you
place this in the Green canon? Anyone know what Spencer and Kirwan are up
to, or have they dropped off the map? Seems a shame that all three
guitarists in this band had such a rough time of it.
The Dirty Three's new one is highly, highly recommended. Some seriously
beautiful stuff, ranging in mood from wistful regret to rough ecstasy. An
astonishing example of what three musicians are capable of doing. Anyone
who finds themselves moved by slow, emotional music should check this out.
Having a great music day,
Maurice Rickard, designer.
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