PETER GREEN – THE END OF THE GAME – December 1970 – Reprise RS 6436
Album Track Gem – “OH WELL” – Then Play On – September 1969
In late 1969 Fleetwood Mac were coming off of one of the seriously best albums of the 1960’s;
“Then Play On“, and were also at the height of their bands’ career when Mac founder and guitarist Peter Green left the group. His disdain for money (green Manalishi) and LSD-fueled unbalanced chemistry issues resulted in a schizophrenia diagnosis and psychiatric hospital electro-convulsive therapy during the mid-1970s.
But just after The Green Manalishi with the Two-Prong Crown (originally only available on a Warner Reprise Sampler) and after smoldering lead guitar contributions to his friend Peter Barden’s phantasmagoric Historic and Classic 1970 album The Answer, he cut this total studio jam session solo album End Of The Game.
As this album clearly shows, Peter Green was a genius and a Master Blues Guitarist on a rare emotional level with Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Hazel, Carlos Santana, Duane Allman, John McLaughlin, and Jeff Beck. This album is why he had to quit Mac, he was literally bursting with creative electric guitar Psychedelic Blues Jazz Prog improvisation and needed to cut loose.
Peter Green is recognized by many top guitar masters, guitar aficionados, and guitar freaks as one of the most gifted guitarists ever. An interesting observation on the tangents of genius, LSD, and madness as 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.
He clearly stated his position with the title of this album, he was done, for a while, and no longer wanted to participate in “The Game” and for him this album was the End of that Game.
A decade later Green released his “In The Skies” album; a singular hypnotic group of tracks that communicated a unique groove and peaceful vibe.
The End Of The Game needed to be approached like the Leopard on the cover –
with a keen sense of appreciation – as these tracks could eat you up!
Peter Green – guitar
Zoot Money – piano
Nick Buck – keyboards
Alex Dmochowski – bass guitar
Godfrey Maclean – drums, percussion
Album Track Gem – “Oh Well”– Then Play On – September 1969
Fleetwood Mac got a magnificent farewell through Peter Green’s untethered genius with the double-decker Rock Opera of “Oh Well” Pt 1 (Rock) and Pt 2 (Opera).
The original September release of Then Play On was re-released in November swapping-out Danny Kirwan’s “When You Say” and “My Dream” to make way for the epic “Oh Well” single parts 1 & 2.
Part 2 has become one of the most revered guitar solos of all time. With an occasional perfectly-accented flute, piano, percussion, or string accompaniment, Green leads a primal journey through heavy operatic drama that touches the soul with solid Ennio Morricone influence and celebration.
A nine minute soundtrack to the movie in your mind.
Album Track Gem – Fleetwood Mac / Peter Green: “Oh Well” part 1 & part 2.
“But don’t ask me what I think of you,
I might not give the answers that you want me to.”
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