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Peter Green

  • The End of the Game [Reprise, 1971] D
  • In the Skies [Sail, 1979] B+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

The End of the Game [Reprise, 1971]
The brains behind Fleetwood Mac has always been a double threat because he's also the fingers--I've heard him keep up with Jerry Garcia on a good night. Here he lags behind Garcia on a bad jag, say side four of Live/Dead. Note title--maybe he's lost his marbles. D

In the Skies [Sail, 1979]
For a supposed resident of Cloud-Cuckoo Land, Fleetwood Mac's original hitmaker is doing all right--this solo comeback is a lot solider than number three from Bob Welch (featuring "Future Games" as blast from the past), number two from Danny Kirwan (blonde on the cover), or number one from Jeremy Spencer (now apparently unborn-again, though six out of seven songs pivot on the word "love" and the eternal one is graced with syndrums). Green's new music goes back even before Then Play On, but it's a lot more confident--simple guitar excursions with a Latin lilt, like Carlos Santana with a sense of form (or limits). B+