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FLEETWOOD MAC – “the GREEN MANALISHI (with the Two Prong Crown)” – 1970
from the Warner Brothers Promo Album: “GOODIES VOL.1” BS 2575
“Now, when the day goes to sleep and the full moon looks,
The night is so black that the darkness cooks,
Don’t you come creepin’ around – makin’ me do things I don’t want to.”
Here’s an extremely rare Album Track Gem, especially since the only album this track was on was a limited release Warner Brothers label promo/sampler from 1970: “Goodies Vol.1”.
(Later released on a 1971 “Greatest Hits” LP.)
Initially released as a single, this was purportedly Peter Green’s last song before leaving the legendary band he founded, and what a swan song it was!
The powerful force behind this song is a perfect example of a highly-creative mind’s fight between genius and mental illness. Green was suffering in the same way that Syd Barrett had after LSD flipped a switch in their psyche that opened a predisposed doorway to schizophrenia. They both entered a realm that even us tried and true acid heads never experienced – a realm where coming back fully was not possible. This is an extremely interesting subject that would take volumes to address intelligently, so we’ll just stick to the music.
One of the absolute best Blues Rock albums ever; Fleetwood Mac’s 1969 “Then Play On”, became a log-jam of excellent songs itself with two U.S. versions released; the original September release and the later November release swapping-out Danny Kirwan’s “When You Say” and “My Dream” to make way for the epic “Oh Well” single parts 1 & 2.
There would have had to of been a third “Then Play On” release to accommodate “The Green Manalishi”; so it will always be a mysterious entity distinctly-tied to the Peter Green-era Mac.
Peter Green’s return to recording in 1970 was with the truly awesome instrumental jam album, “End of the Game” and is included within 00individual’s Top 79 Historic & Classic 1970s Rock Albums and would be his only solo recording until nearly a decade later with ’79’s “In the Skies”.
One of Peter’s eccentricities was his aversion to money and he claimed that the Green Manalishi was money (green) with the (devil horned) two-pronged crown; which he signified as evil.
Like guns are not evil; money is not evil, it’s people and their use of them that can be evil – not a difficult concept to understand yet the ignorance that presently rules cannot or will not face these simple facts. Sigh.
Rock Out and Crank this Monster UP!
“the GREEN MANALISHI (with the Two Prong Crown)”
Goodies Vol.1 from 00individual’s collection.