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|Back in 1969, Mac´s roadie and tape engineer, 'Dinky' Dawson, stowed away a good many masters of the doughty quintet in action. This recording from L.A.´s Shrine auditorium kicks off with a rather superfluous "Tune Up", but from then on it´s refinement all the way. The delicate Delta blues of "If You´ll Be My Baby" and bottleneck hoedown of "My Sweet Baby" show of the Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer combo elegantly. Mick´s shimmering cymbals and some attacking, gruntal vocals fuel the spiralling rhythm and sustain of "Something Inside Of Me", and "Great Balls Of Fire" rattles and rolls in winning style. Some deft fret flourishes, a chunk of rich harmonica-led porch plodding, and doses of plucky old-school blues, and you´ve got a 30-year-old treat on your hands. (Tim Jones, Record Collector, August 1999)|
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Number of Shrine '69 (1999) Reviews: 1
Colorful Mac on the brink of rock
Reviewer: John Fitzgerald, Human resources staff database assistant July 19, 2001 An intriguing Green/Spencer/Kirwan era live tape (which, apart from a few volume
problems early on, has better sound quality than one may think) from an earlier period
than one usually hears from this line up. While it's more restrained than some of the more
excitingly adventurous recordings that were to take place later in the year to come, there's
still some bravo performances present. "Tune up" is exactly just that, it's not actually a
song but fun licks to listen to in anticipation. New kid on the block Danny Kirwan
impresses all with a great live rendition of his slow blues "Something inside of me" which
really cries during the six string breaks. Jeremy does his best version (released to date) of
"My baby's sweet" here and rocks the house with "Great balls of fire" to close the show.
We are left to ponder the greatness of seven Peter Green wonders. Most notably is a song
not heard elsewhere by the Mac entitled "Lemon squeezer", a slow harp led blues tune
with double entendre lyrics is a real nugget which must not go unnoticed. This is most
colorful stuff as Peter mixes some earlier blues triumphs such as "If you be my baby",
"Rollin' man" (which extends nicely as does) "Need your love so bad" with more modern
(at the time) musical experimentation such as "Albatross" & "Before the beginning". I find
this a good companion piece to the wonderful "English rose" compilation album but I'm
sure fans of that era will like this very good live set regardless.
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