Tuesday, January 7, 2014

January 7, 2014

FLEETWOOD MAC...English Rose  (1969)
(CD, vinyl, Allmusic review)

"English Rose" was released 45 years ago in January 1969.  It reached number 184 on the U.S. Billboard album charts.  First of all, if you're expecting an album with Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham or Christine McVie you will be disappointed.  This is back in the days when Fleetwood Mac was a blues band, a rather excellent blues band, I might add.  This album is very very good. I'll give it 4 out of 5 stars.  I had never heard this album before until now.  In fact, I had never heard of this album before.  Why I have ignored those early FM albums I do not know.  Of course, Mick Fleetwood is the drummer, as he always has been.  John McVie is in the band, too.  Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan all 3 play some excellent guitar.  I enjoyed this album alot, and the highlights are 'Evenin' Boogie,' 'Jigsaw Puzzle Blues' and 'Coming Home.' It also contains that very familiar classic 'Black Magic Woman.' It was written by Green and it was later covered by Santana, who had a massive hit with it when they recorded it in 1970.  This record is highly recommended.

Paul Revere is 76; Kathy Valentine from The Go-Go's is 55;

1970 Max Yasgur is sued by his neighbors in upper New York for damages caused by those who attended Woodstock 4 months earlier. Yasgur owned the property where the festival was held
1994 Nirvana performed on stage for the last time in the US at a concert in Seattle
1996 Pink Floyd, David Bowie and Jefferson Airplane are inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame
2004 Dr. Gilbert Lederman offers to donate a George Harrison autographed guitar to charity one day after Lederman is sued by Harrison’s estate for coercing Harrison into signing a guitar on his death-bed. The case is settled when its agreed that the guitar will be disposed of privately
2011 Phil Kennemore of Y&T died of lung cancer in Stanford, California. Kennemore was 57

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