This six-CD set includes all of Fleetwood Mac's Blue Horizon recordings between 1967 and 1969 including THE PIOUS BIRD OF GOOD OMEN (featuring the original version of Green's "Black Magic Woman," later to become a signature song for Santana), and BLUES JAM IN CHICAGO. The set illustrates that this U.K. band was captivated by American roots music and struggled to emulate the ferocity of Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson's terrifying timelessness, and the interplay of the musicians in Muddy Water's legendary band. Complete with false starts, studio chat (some of it very blue), and unreleased takes, the set is designed for those who want to get as close to the original recording experience as possible. Killer cuts include two 1967 tracks: "Drifting" where Green's guitar and vocals are as greasy as hog jowls, and the aptly named "Fleetwood Mac," a cookin' instrumental. Note: The
final Green-Fleetwood Mac album, THEN PLAY ON, a Warner Brothers release, isn't included on this set.
BLUES JAM IN CHICAGO, included on the Blue Horizon box, was recorded when Fleetwood Mac went to Chicago to open a Muddy Waters concert, and they wound up taking members of Muddy's band and other Chicago blues scenesters into the studio with them. The sizzling shuffle "Red Hot Jam" showcases Green in the company of guitarists Buddy Guy and Honeyboy Edwards as well as harmonica giant Walter "Shakey" Horton and boss bassist Willie Dixon. Pianist Otis Spann and drummer S. P. Leary are also featured on several songs.