Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Metallica'sKirk Hammett not only took part in last year's tribute concert in London to the now late Fleetwood Mac founder and guitarist Peter Green, but they are also involved in a book about him
Prior to his death last July 25th, Green had been working for four years with Rufus Publicationson an illustrated visual book of his life and career.
Now, to go along with the rare images, memorabilia, lyrics and notes from his time in the band, are two unreleased versions of Fleetwood Mac songs.
One is a newly discovered recording of Green at his mother's house in the late '60s singing Little Willie John's "Need Your Love So Bad," which the Mac released as a single in 1968. David Gilmour added guitars to this recording, which Green heard and approved before his death.
The second song is "Man of the World," which Kirk Hammett, who owns Green's "Greeny" Gibson Les Paul, added guitar parts too. Mick Fleetwood, who organized last year's Green tribute concert, also plays drums on the track.
Green met with Hammett two days after his session and Green gave his approval, as well as posing for a photo with his old guitar.
The book, Peter Green - The Albatross Man, will be available in three editions.
The Ultra Limited edition run of 50 copies are signed by Green and includes two single-sided seven-inch vinyl singles and a CD of the new recordings, a t-shirt, and a piece of hand drawn art by Green. This edition weighs 24 pounds and will cost you just under 28-hundred bucks.
The Deluxe edition with the new tracks on a vinyl single and CD, as well as a lithograph of Green's art, and a t-shirt, autographed by Hammett, will sell for $410. And the third edition, without the fancy add-ons, will retail for $132.
All three will be published on what would have been his 75th birthday, October 29th, 2021.
Mick Fleetwood & Friends Celebrate the Music ofPeter Greenand the Early Years ofFleetwood Macis available online atNugs.netand video on demand. It will be released on physical formats this Friday, April 30th
One of the many guest stars Mick Fleetwood lined up for last year's tribute concert to Fleetwood Mac founder and guitarist Peter Green was Pink Floyd's David Gilmour.
He played on two songs that night in London -- "Oh Well, Part Two," and the instrumental, "Albatross," which has just been released.
Commenting on Gilmour being part of the show, Mick Fleetwood tellsRolling Stone, "He had so much reverence for Peter Green’s playing and who Peter was and the songs... He did beautiful work on the re-work of 'Albatross'..."
Mick Fleetwood & FriendsCelebrate the Music ofPeter Greenand the Early Years ofFleetwood Macwill be available online at Nugs.netstarting April 24th at 3pm ET, and will then be available for five days via video on demand. It will be released on physical formats on April 30th.
In addition to Fleetwood and Gilmour, the concert also features performances from Kirk Hammett, Pete Townshend, Billy Gibbons, Steven Tyler, Christine McVie and many others.
Peter Green was inspired to write "Albatross" after hearing Santo & Johnny's "Sleep Walk." "Albatross" is also very similar to Chuck Berry's "Deep Feeling."
In the 1995 book,Peter Green: Founder of Fleetwood Mac - The Biography, it said that an early inspiration for the song was said to have been "a group of notes from an Eric Clapton solo, played slower."
"Albatross" inspiredThe Beates' "Sun King" on 1969'sAbbey Road.
In 1987,George Harrisonsaid, "At the time, 'Albatross' was out, with all the reverb on guitar. So we said, 'Let's be Fleetwood Mac doing 'Albatross', just to get going.' It never really sounded like Fleetwood Mac... but that was the point of origin."