Both Pink Floyd‘s David Gilmour and Metallica‘s Kirk Hammett have contributed songs to the new deluxe book on Fleetwood Mac co-founder, the late-Peter Green. Peter Green – The Albatross Man will be published in October, with pre-orders available now.
The tome, which is available in several editions including market and collectible, charts Green’s musical journey through the years with Loudersound.com reporting: “David Gilmour (is included) on a version of ‘Need Your Love So Bad’ that features a newly discovered vocal from Green, recorded in the mid-1960’s in his mother’s attic on a tape recorder. Kirk Hammett plays on the second new recording, a version of the 1971 classic ‘Man Of The World,’ which also features Mick Fleetwood on drums.”
Hammett, who now owns Green’s classic gold top Gibson Les Paul, paid a visit to Green with the instrument before recording the track in at London’s Abbey Road in January 2020. Hammett said, “Every single time I pick her up, she makes me a better player. I’m obsessed with her. I bring her everywhere with me. Where I sleep, she sleeps, basically. And I try to play her as much as possible because she wants to be played.”
Set for release today is Mick Fleetwood & Friends’ Celebrate The Music Of Peter Green And the Early Years Of Fleetwood Mac. The show was recorded on February 25th, 2020 at the London Palladium, featuring Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman, Kirk Hammett, Noel Gallagher, Jeremy Spencer, Zak Starkey, Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, John Mayall, Christine McVie, and Steven Tyler, among others.
- Peter Green, the iconic guitarist and co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, died on July 25th, 2020 in Essex, England at the age of 73.
- During his tenure in the Mac, Peter Green contributed such groundbreaking hits as “Albatross”, “Black Magic Woman” — soon after a hit for Santana, “Oh Well,” “The Green Manalishi (With The Two Prong Crown),” “Rattlesnake Shake” and “Man Of The World.”
- Green’s time in Fleetwood Mac was curtailed by a March 1970 LSD trip at a commune while the band was on tour in Munich. He left the band, and renounced his wealth, but briefly returned in 1971 to help the band out of a bind when Jeremy Spencer left the group to join the Children Of God sect.
- Green, who recorded sporadically throughout the 1970’s, was eventually diagnosed as a drug-induced paranoid schizophrenic, made guest appearances on such friends’ albums as Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk, and Mick Fleetwood’s Zoo project. Seemingly on an even keel mentally, Peter Green emerged in 1997 with his Peter Green Splinter Group, with the band releasing nine albums between 1997 and 2004.
CHECK IT OUT: The trailer for Mick Fleetwood & Friends’ Celebrate The Music Of Peter Green And the Early Years Of Fleetwood Mac: