As a deejay and record collector, I love to go ‘digging’ pretty frequently and buy used records most of the time. It’s a meditative, spiritual exercise of sorts, to spend an hour (or often a few hours) getting my fingers dirty, sifting through and being mesmerized by binfuls and stacks of previously owned LPs. Even with the simplicity and speed of shopping online these days, I much prefer to run across a forgotten gem somewhere in a dusty old record store.
This one here, Peter Green’s ‘In The Skies’ LP from 1979, I first ran across at a former deejay’s house about ten years ago. I had heard of Peter Green and knew his history as the man who founded the original Fleetwood Mac in the late 1960s. In fact, the legendary group that we all know and love was originally named “Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac,” whose core members, along with Green, were Mick Fleetwood and John McVie (though he was not their first bassist). Green is also credited with writing the song Black Magic Woman, made famous by San Francisco Bay area band Santana, plus a few other artists who recorded excellent renditions. He was also a guitarist for John Mayall & The Blues Breakers. Having never encountered this LP in a record shop, I offered my friend $40 for it, knowing it was two or three times above what I could get it for online since it was a US pressing and not the original UK pressing. He was a friend after all. However, he didn’t want to part with it.
Nonetheless, here it is in my hands ten years later. Instead of the $40 dollars that I was willing to part with all those years ago, I saved $25, having found it at a small record shop in Tucson, AZ for $15. There I was, on the first day of what turned out to be an amazing road trip, just walking about to check out the local flavor, and boom!…found it. Sweet. The thing is, I could’ve bought the album online for probably less than $10, but there’s no way that package would have arrived with the same amount of satisfaction.
Anyway, below is a video of one of my favorite tunes from the LP. Peter Green takes the lead guitar duties on this one and it’s oh so soulful. The song is Fool No More. Light a candle or two (a la the Cameron Crowe film Almost Famous) and let this play through.