Monday, 3 November 2014

Blues Monday #3: Rattlesnake Shake by Fleetwood Mac

In the mid to late 60s, a spate of British bands headed the British Blues Boom, one of the most prominent being Fleetwood Mac. Fronted by Peter Green, formerly of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, the band went on to become one of the biggest selling acts of all time. Of course, they were a very different band from the early 70s onwards following Green's departure. Their early works though proved influential and still sound great today.

I've been listening to their 'Live At The BBC' album recently and I reckon some of the versions on this beat the originals hands down. Rattlesnake Shake first appeared on the band's third studio album 'Then Play On' in 1969. This altogether rawer and longer live version was one of the last recordings made with Peter Green who quit the band the following month in May 1970. The only downside here is that this officially released version fades early. The actual recording was a little longer and exists on bootlegs. Sadly, this is all I have. It's still awesome though.


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