Upon hearing of Peter Green’s passing we decided to take a look back at the incredible musical career that Peter Green celebrated throughout his life. While some may think that a list of Peter Green songs would only include the work he did as the founding member of Fleetwood Mac, those who really know his career would point out that Peter Green had collaborated with many artists such as ….. (in chronological order) Eddie Boyd, Duster Bennett, Gordon Smith, Otis Spann, Brunning Sunflower Blues Band, Clifford Davis, Gass, Jeremy Spencer, Peter Bardens, Memphis Slim, B.B. King, Dave Kelly, Country Joe McDonald, Toe Fat Richard Kerr, Duffo, Brian Knight, Mick Fleetwood solo album, S.A.S. Band, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Chis Coco and Peter Gabriel. Additionally there was the Peter Green Splinter Group formed in the late 1990s that released about ten albums.
Many musicians who have worked with Peter Green have called him one of the greatest blues and rock guitarists of all time. His early rise to fame began when he replaced Eric Clapton in John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers Band. Eventually he left John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers Band to form Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac with his former Bluesbreakers Mick Fleetwood. Peter Green would record four albums with Fleetwood Mac during a two year period between 1968 and 1969. These albums included the records Fleetwood Mac (1968) Mr. Wonderful (1968)English Rose (1969) and Then Play On (1969). He also appeared on a song released on Penguin in 1973 and Tusk in 1979.
Peter Green left Fleetwood Mac in 1970. There are many fans of the band who believe this was the group’s finest period. However, it would make more sense to argue that the Fleetwood Mac era that featured Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham was a completely different band from the Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and comparison just don’t make any sense.
After leaving Fleetwood Mac in 1970, Peter Green released his first solo album entitled The End of the Game. The album was also released in 1970. Peter Green would not release another solo album for anther nine years. From that point on in 1979, Peter Green would release six more solo albums on a pretty consistent basis over a five year period. These albums included the records, In the Skies, Little Dreamer, Whatcha Gonna Do?, White Sky, Kolors and A Case for the Blues.
Our 15 Essential Peter Green Songs list looks to present in CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER some of the highlights of Peter Green’s career. It is by far not a definite list as Peter Green left behind a legacy of music. We hope that it serves as a starting point in enjoying the wonderful music Peter Green recorded throughout his legendary rock and roll career.
# 15 – If You Wanna Be Happy
We open our 15 Essential Peter Green songs list with his debut appearance on record with Peter Barden’s band in 1966. A great instrumental of Jimmy Cliffs big hit “If You Wanna Be Happy.”
# 14 – The Stumble
The Stumble was released on the John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers Band album A Hard Road. The song was written by Freddie King and Sonny Thompson.
# 13 – You Don’t Love Me
Peter Green sings lead vocals on this legendary track released on the album A Hard Road from John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers Band.
# 12 – So Many Roads (Live)
This is one you don’t want to miss. Peter Green and John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers live at The Marquee 1967.
# 11 – Too Bad
This great track recorded with Eddie Boyd was released on the album Eddie Boyd and His Blues Band featuring Peter Green in 1967. Listen to Peter Green tear it up.
# 10 – Shake Your Moneymaker
Man it just keeps getting better and better. “Shake Your Money Maker,” was released on the first Peter Green Fleetwood Mac album. The song and album were released in 1968 entitled Fleetwood Mac.
# 9 – Black Magic Woman
Peter Green and Fleetwood Mac first released the song “Black Magic Woman,” as a stand alone single. The version that appears here was released on the live album Fleetwood Mac Live At The Boston Tea Party 1970.
# 8 – Stop Messing Around
Peter Green and Danny Kirwan trading licks on this great live recording is pure guitar heaven. “Stop Messing Around,” was originally released on the second Fleetwood Mac album entitled Mr. Wonderful. The song was the album’s opening track. The version hers was recorded live at the BBC
# 7 – Albatross
Want to take a lesson in playing slow with incredible spirit and meaning? Just listen to this spiritual guitar masterpiece. Peter Green and Danny Kirwan playing rock guitar Gods. Released in 1969.
# 6 – Oh Well
“Oh Well,” is probably the most famous Peter Green Fleetwood Mac song. It was originally just released as a single in 1969. It was then added to the second printing of the third Fleetwood Mac album Then Play On in 1969.
# 5 -The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)
“The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown),” was Peter Green’s final recording with Fleetwood Mac. What a way to end that part his career. This is just stunning.
# 4 – Loser Two Times
“Loser Two Times,” was a single released from Peter Green third solo album entitled Little Dreamer. The album was released in 1980.
# 3 – Stranger Blues
“Stranger Blues,” was an old Peter Green song that he recorded with the guitar band Katmandu in 1984. It was released on the album entitled A Case for the Blues.
# 2 – Hitch Hiking Woman
“Hitch Hiking Woman,” was the opening track on Peter Green’s comeback album entitled Peter Green Splinter Group. The album was released in 1997. It consisted mostly of cover versions of standard blues songs.
# 1 – Sky Blue
We close out our 15 Essential Peter Green Songs, Recordings, And Performances with this haunting Peter Gabriel song that Peter Green played guitar on. It just fitting to end the list with this one. The song “Sky Blue,” was released on Peter Gabriel’s album Up in 2003. It is one of the final recordings Peter Green played guitar on as 2003 would also serve as the year of the final Peter Green Splinter Group album Reaching the Cold 100. There would be plenty of compilations released throughout the years but after 2003, Peter Green did not release any new material.