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All classic whether previously unreleased or not
Reviewer: John Fitzgerald, Human resources staff database assistant July 19, 2001 The main plus for this set are the six previously unreleased tracks which are mostly
amazing. Jeremy's "The sun is shining" is a basic Elmore James cover that doesn't deviate
much from the B-side version but it's got a nice rough feeling to it as does a cover of
Fabian's "Tiger" with Jeremy sounding his most appealingly lecherous since "Hi ho
silver". There's another version of "Jumping at shadows" here which is referred to in the
liner notes as "more forceful" and although it's rather subtle, that's a good phrase to use
in describing this version. The lengthy slow blues of "If you let me love you" is not as
good on the sound quality side but heartfelt soloing by Peter prevails. Meanwhile, Danny's
got two jams, well, "On we jam" is one on which you mainly hear Kirwan's guitar work
but it's basically everybody just winging it for a few minutes as this seems to have acted as
a soundcheck for Dinky Dawson and the recording people as they appear to have been
having some technical difficulties. This seven minute piece nonetheless displays how
suspenseful and moving the Macs' jams could be, and this is without even really trying.
"Coming your way" is a real ride, almost double the length of the "Then play on" version and
surprisingly instrumental, it's a real shame they had to opt for the fade on this tune
(obviously due to unusable damaged masters) but this is even better than "On we jam"
and may even compare well with the classic "Then play on" version. For those unfamiliar
with the other recordings, you won't be disappointed, "Sandy Mary" is a classic Peter
Green song that almost was (as it was apparently planned to be the Macs' next single after
"The Green manalishi" had Peter stayed in the band) but lives in it's glory here with
irresistible Little Richard influences abounding, it's a must have. Danny has a great but
short rocker called "Loving kind". It will always be a wonder why this one was never cut
on an album. Jeremy's set is equally impressive with the best versions available of
"Madison blues" & "Got to move" here and a nice change of pace for Spencer on "Oh
baby" (a.k.a. "I can't stop loving"). Jeremy's final rocking cover of "Great balls of fire"
sounds as if it was mastered slower than on previous tea party collections but effective
regardless as is Green's numbing finale cover of "Tutti frutti" another wish would be that
this one didn't have to be faded out either but it's (all) still priceless gold.
Thanks to Alison (Snapper Music), Steve Elliot, and Mario Pirrone for the tracklisting information. Cover scan provided by Mark Trauernicht. Transcribed to HTML by Marty Adelson.
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