Peter Green (born Peter Allen Greenbaum, 29 October 1946 – 25 July 2020) was an English blues rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. As the founder of Fleetwood Mac, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Green’s songs, such as “Albatross”, “Black Magic Woman”, “Oh Well”, “The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)” and “Man of the World”, appeared on singles charts, and several have been adapted by a variety of musicians.
Green was a major figure in the “second great epoch” of the British blues movement. B.B. King commented, “He has the sweetest tone I ever heard; he was the only one who gave me the cold sweats.” Eric Clapton praised his guitar playing; he was noted for his use of string bending, vibrato, and economy of style.
Rolling Stone ranked Green at number 58 in its list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”. His tone on the instrumental “The Super-Natural” was rated as one of the 50 greatest of all time by Guitar Player. In June 1996, Green was voted the third-best guitarist of all time in Mojo magazine.
Soho Session is a live album by the British blues band the Peter Green Splinter Group, led by Peter Green. Released in 1999, this was their third album. Green was the founder of Fleetwood Mac and a member of that group from 1967–70, before a sporadic solo career during the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Recorded on 5 April 1998 at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, the double album featured new versions of various songs from the group’s previous albums, and also some of Green’s Fleetwood Mac songs. On the same night, the group’s previous drummer Cozy Powell was killed in a road accident.
This was the group’s last album to feature bass guitarist Neil Murray. (wikipedia)
Recorded live at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in Soho, London, this two-disc set captures much of the essence of Green with the Splinter Group, his backing outfit for the last several years. And it’s an interesting mix of material they come out with, from blues covers, a set of Robert Johnson material, as well as a trawl through the old Fleetwood Mac songbook — which might well be the big draw here.
However, welcome as it is to have Green back as a regular performer, he’s not the man he once was, and it’s notable the guitar solos aren’t defined — you can never tell who’s playing, as colleague Nigel Watson has his tone and style down perfectly. In many ways, the most satisfying segment comes with six Robert Johnson tracks, which arrive without Green baggage or expectation, and really do satisfy, while the addition of the Street Angels, a gospel group, on vocals, strengthens the sound, which already has plenty of backbone. “The Supernatural,” once one of Green’s most incisive instrumentals, seems to have lost its bite — but that’s true of all the old material. “Green Manalishi” was heavy as lead when it originally appeared, and now it’s weightless, while the subtleties of “Albatross” have vanished, and “Black Magic Woman” seems oddly formless. This isn’t to say it’s a bad album by any means. It’s perhaps unfortunate that Green has to deal with his own history. There are moments when the old genius shines, but they’re few and far between. He’s lived the blues, but his ability to transform that into music has mostly vanished. Satisfying if you take it on its own terms and don’t expect the god-like playing that once defined Peter Green, the Soho Session is a British blues outfit with taste, chops, and occasional transcendent moments. (by Chris Nickson)
Roger Cotton (keyboards)
Peter Green (guitar, vocals, harmonica)
Neil Murray (bass)
Larry Tolfree (drums)
Nigel Watson (guitar, vocals)
01. It Takes Time (Rush) 5.17
02. Homework (Clark/Perkins) 3.45
03. Black Magic Woman (Green) 7.07
04. Indians (Watson) 4.08
05. Hey Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut (McDaniel) 6.19
06. The Supernatural (Green) 3.37
07. Rattlesnake Shake (Green) 5.00
08. Shake Your Hips (Harpo) 5.16
09. Albatross (Green) 3.30
01. Travelling Riverside Blues (Johnson) 3.58
02. Steady Rollin’ Man (Johnson) 3.13
03. Honeymoon Blues (Johnson) 3.04
04. Last Fair Deal Gone Down (Johnson) 3.19
05. Terraplane Blues (Johnson) 3.47
06. If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day (Johnson) 4.27
07. The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Prong Crown) (Green) 5.38
08. Goin’ Down (Nix) 7.36
09. Help Me (Williamson) 4.49
10. Look On Yonder Wall (James/Sehorn) 6.45
11. Peter Green 1998 ‘Soho’ Session (uncut edition) 1.22.26
Peter Green (born Peter Allen Greenbaum, 29 October 1946 – 25 July 2020)