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Fleetwood Mac

SONG TITLE: ALBATROSS


ALBUM: N/A
RELEASED: 1969
LABEL: BLUE HORIZON
GENRE: BLUES

PERSONNEL: PETER GREEN (GTR)


DANNY KIRWAN (GTR)
JOHN MCVIE (BASS)
MICK FLEETWOOD (DRUMS)

UK CHART PEAK: 1
US CHART PEAK: 104

BACKGROUND INFO
popularity increased exponentially in the second half
Albatross was a UK number 1 for Fleetwood Mac of their career, the early lineup has just as much merit.
in 1969. While it has been included on countless In fact, many argue that the blues material has much
compilations it was never released as part of an album. more for guitarists to get their teeth into.
This delicate instrumental is set against a simple
backing and features guitarist Peter Greens perfect
phrasing and feel. The main melody uses triads on NOTES
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notes. The pedal-steel style harmony bends in the After a long hiatus due to illness, Peter Green
bridge section of the track are flawlessly executed. re-emerged with Peter Greens Splinter Group. This
Numerous overdubs (parts added later in the lineup toured extensively and recorded albums
recording) add to the laid back, floating mood of this through the late 1990s and up until 2004. After
impressive guitar track. another break he resumed touring in late 2009.

THE BIGGER PICTURE RECOMMENDED LISTENING

There are two distinct phases to Fleetwood Macs Another of Fleetwood Macs early singles, Need
existence. In their first incarnation Green was the Your Love So Bad, is often held up as the finest
front man and they were one of the leading exponents example of Greens playing. The songs two solos are
of British blues through the sixties. The second and, a masterclass in blues phrasing, feel and dynamics.
commercially at least, more successful era added, after Aside from its sublime solo, Black Magic Woman
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a few short term changes, vocalist Stevie Nick, vocalist (covered later by Santana) features Green skillfully
and guitarist Lyndsay Buckingham and vocalist and answering his vocal with lead phrases in a classic
keyboard player Christine McVie to the core rhythm blues call and response fashion. On I Loved Another
section of Fleetwood and McVie. This classic line up Woman from 1968s Fleetwood Mac Green uses his
went on to record Rumours which is one of the best- lead playing to create a memorable melody that is
selling albums of all time. While Fleetwood Macs re-stated through the song.

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The Darkness

SONG TITLE: I BELIEVE IN A THING CALLED LOVE


ALBUM: PERMISSION TO LAND
RELEASED: 2003
LABEL: ATLANTIC
GENRE: CLASSIC ROCK

PERSONNEL: JUSTIN HAWKINS (VOX+GTR)


DAN HAWKINS (GTR)
FRANKIE POULLAIN (BASS)
ED GRAHAM (DRUMS)

UK CHART PEAK: 2
US CHART PEAK: 35

BACKGROUND INFO NOTES

I Believe In A Thing Called Love was the third The Darkness are clearly an amalgam of their
single from The Darknesss 2003 debut album classic rock heroes. Healthy doses of Queen, Def
Permission To Land. The track starts with a solo Leppard, Thin Lizzy, Aerosmith and AC/DC can all
guitar playing the songs 4-bar main riff which is a be heard in the Darknesss sound. The band broke
combination powerchords and single notes. The up briefly but reformed to record the 2012 album
songs bright, major-sounding chorus contrasts the Hot Cakes.
other minor-sounding sections of the songs. Aside
from the extensive array of riffs there are also three
lead guitar breaks in the song (excluding the freetime RECOMMENDED LISTENING
cadenza at the end). Far from being an excuse for
guitarists Dan and Justin Hawkins to show off, they Aside from I Believe In A Thing Called Love,
are surprisingly melodic efforts that form cohesive Permission To Land also contains Growing On Me,
parts of this hit song. power ballad, Love Is Only A Feeling and the
AC/DC influenced Black Shuck. The Darknesss
second album, 2005s One Way Ticket To HellAnd
THE BIGGER PICTURE Back was a critical and commercial flop, mainly
because it was a more polished and less flamboyant
Although they released just two albums in their effort than Permission To Land. Taken purely on its
short career, the bands first album had a considerable own merit it contains more than a few tracks that
impact on the UK rock music scene. I Believe In are worth to listening to. Opener One Way Ticket
A Thing Called Love is undoubtedly one of the contains a catchy chorus and typical Darkness-style
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biggest guitar tracks of recent years and looks set to syncopated riff. Bald has a slow, powerful groove
take its place among the all-time greats. It achieved and an excellent guitar solo. Seemed Like A Good
the number 2 slot on the UK singles chart and is Idea At The Time is an epic ballad that gives more
undoubtedly responsible for Permission To Land than a nod to their heroes, Queen.
reaching number 1 on the UK album charts.

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I Believe In A Thing Called Love
The Darkness
Music by Justin Hawkins, Daniel Hawkins, Ed Graham & Frankie Poullain

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22 Copyright 2003 Universal Music Publishing Limited.
All rights in Germany administered by Universal Music Publ. GmbH.
All Rights Reserved. International Copyright Secured.