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Number of Peter Green Splinter Group (1997) Reviews: 2
Tremendous comeback album from Peter Green
Reviewer: Kent Mac, May 10, 2003 I'm so glad to see that Peter Green has made his comeback in such a spectacular fashion. This is a live album, with the exception of the first two tracks which were done in a studio.
I say "comeback" because it had been about 10 years since Peter had last been in a recording studio ---- ( not 20 years or more as I've seen it reported elsewhere ). This album marks the beginning of a very prolific period for Peter in his new band "Peter Green Splinter Group". They will subsequently release 8 albums through February of 2003, two of these being limited edition releases.
On to the album at hand: Peter's singing is now a bit more raspy than years before, but he still has a very appealing singing voice. His guitar playing is somewhat more restrained than in his Fleetwood Mac days, but his expressiveness and unique ability to coax just the right notes out of his axe is awesome and beautiful!!
He does an new version of "The Stumble" which he first did in the John Mayall band many years ago, his guitar tone has a softer tone, and there are several blues chestnuts on this album "Look on Yonder Wall"--- "Homework" --"It Takes Time"--- as well as an astonishing version of the Don Nix gem "Going Down". This album marks the beginning of a very fruitful and great partnership with fellow guitarist and vocalist Nigel Watson. Nigel sing lead vocals on Dark End of the Street, he is a very soulful singer, and a fine guitarist to boot. Nigel played a big part in coaxing Peter out of his retirement, and brought him back where he belongs---- with a guitar in hand, and a song in his heart!!! God bless Nigel Watson!!
In general the album has a bluesey and strong R&B flavor. The playing is uniformly excellent and inspiring. Even though this is a live album, the sound quality is superb.
To round out your purchases of recent Peter Green Splinter group recordings I would also highly reccommend the new album "Reaching the Cold 100" a 2003 release that is outstanding, and "Destiny Road" from 1999 --- another fine album that confirms Peter and the boys are amongst the finest musical acts around.
His other albums are worth purchasing also-- the two Robert Johnson tribute albums are nice although I prefer his "electric" as opposed to acoustic material. If you can get your hands on the limited edition album "Blues Dont Change", you'll be greatly rewarded--- it's a album of blues standards available on the Peter Green website.
I guess you can tell I'm a Peter Green fan, it's so nice to have him back, and he is truly a modest man and I'm glad he has been inducted into the Rock n Roll hall of fame---- he deserves it --- check him out --- you'll be glad you did!!
Great energy on the classics helps the comeback effort
Reviewer: John Fitzgerald, Human resources staff database assistant April 01, 2001 Peter's 90's comeback is with mixed results but there's some great run throughs here to
recommend this set like the always great Otis Rush classic "Homework", Green's
entertaining reworking of Freddie King's "The stumble" which you may remember him
doing with John Mayall on the "A hard road" album and the best part is the closer which is
a energy ridden version of the nugget "Going down". This is an unusual live set in that it
starts off with two studio recordings which are Robert Johnson covers "Hitch hiking
woman" & "Traveling riverside blues". Many of the guitar solos are not by Peter but by
Nigel Watson as are some of the lead vocals but you can still hear some great Greenisms
here if you listen close and with some of the earlier favorites mentioned, I can safely say
that this is one of the better places to start on investigating Peter's new Splinter group
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