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|From the back cover: "By the turn of the seventies Fleetwood Mac were on a roll, having established themselves as headliners in the United States via repeated touring. In Feb '70 they tapes three consecutive nights at the Boston Tea Party with the view to rush-releasing a live album: the band played out of their skins and the LP would doubtless have been a killer. But within just weeks the mercurial Peter Green - their founder, leader & frontman - had sensationally announced his decision to quit, and the project was shelved. Some of the material eventually crept out on a couple of mid-80's albums, Jumping At Shadows and a double-LP Roots - The Original Fleetwood Mac Live in Concert. However, these were poorly-compiled affairs, with patchy sound quality, a problem which worsened steadily with subsequent reissue packages. Following the recent discovery of the original 8-track master tapes they have all now been remixed & remastered. A further nine previously unissued performances were also found, and the material has been extensively re-compiled to take into consideration the original set sequencings. As you'll hear, these were breathtaking gigs: this is the first Volume in a 3-CD set which will bring these devastating performances to life."|
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Number of Live At The Boston Tea Party, Part One (1998) Reviews: 1
Classic crunchy Mac with some hiccups
Reviewer: John Fitzgerald, Human resources staff database assistant July 19, 2001 I would give this release a strong 5 star rating as it includes the best versions of all songs
included, but not quite. The previously unreleased "Got to move" is almost as effective
but the "Volume three" version is slightly preferable. It is also arguable that this unheard
before take on "Rattlesnake shake" is more "edgy" (as it's referred to in the liner notes)
but it's slightly longer and due to the structure of the jam that they seemed to use for this
tune at the time, it sounds as though the performance was about to come to it's end but
they must have had unrepairable damage to the tapes at this point so they opted for the
fade out on this one. However, one can but dream that the Mac rocked away the night in
elongated style! So, I guess this one breaks about even, I'd lean marginally to the
"Volume two" version for sentimental reasons as that was the first version to blow us
away. The biggest gripe I have with this release (apart from it's uninspired cover artwork
of which it's other volumes suffer the same fate) is that "The Green manalishi" only clocks
in at 12 plus minutes, this is not the complete version as one can hear the full 15 minute
tape of this on numerous earlier tea party compilation releases such as "Roots - the
original Fleetwood Mac live in concert" (that's the one I have anyways that compensates
for the lack of the bongo solo section that is not present on this disc). The notes of this
disc do claim that they had used the master tapes but how can this be with this
indisputable fact brought to light? I suppose with the release of yet two more tea party
recordings having surfaced on "Show biz blues" this would not have been a complete
collection of those tapes anyways so one should just enjoy this classic Mac for what it is,
biting, numbing versions of songs that are treasures already, this is just the cherry on top.
Even if you aren't familiar with Duster Bennett's "Jumping at shadows" (which Peter
movingly covers here) and Danny's solo version of "Only you", these will instantly be
thought of as Mac classics the minute you hear them. One can't forget Jeremy's biggest
six string extravaganza to appear on record, the extended "I can't hold out" too. The
Mac don't get much more rocking then this. Great sound quality and remixed to
perfection, you won't tire of these either. Apart from it's above mentioned annoyances,
it's still a real classic concert document.
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