OTIS SPANN – ” The Biggest Thing Since Colossus ” with Fleetwood Mac Classic Blues Album Re-Issue

Posted: May 4, 2020 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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If you love the blues then owning , this album is a no-brainer. Recorded in just one day in January 1969 with blues pianist Spann backed by Fleetwod Mac (minus Mick Fleetwood on drums – replaced here by Spann’s regular drummer, S.P.Leary), the record has all the immediacy of a ‘live’ recording.Despite the credit Amazon may use, make no mistakes – this is an Otis Spann record – not a Fleetwood Mac release . That said Peter Green was at the height of his powers when the album was cut, the Mac were at the height of their ‘blues-phase’ fame and so Spann was more than happy for his record to feature Green’s awesome lead guitar breaks alongside his own mighty piano playing. As you’d expect the combination makes for a terrific record. The session In January of 1969, with the British power blues quintet Fleetwood Mac at Chess Records studios to jam with the likes of Willie Dixon, S.P. Leary, Honeyboy Edwards, and longtime Muddy Waters‘ pianist Otis Spann.

The sessions were so rich and fruitful that three-fifths of the Mac (specifically bassist John McVie and guitarists Peter Green and Danny Kirwin) impressed Spann enough to cut a record with them at the same sessions. While the classic “Country Girl” and a seven-minute “Someday Soon Baby” (which features a lengthy intro from Green on which Spann can be heard barely off mic telling the rest of the band to “let him play on”) ended up on the Mac’s Blues Jam at Chess double set: remaining cuts included “Dig You” and “Walkin'” and are a near perfect match of Spann’s exciting, emotive singing and the Mac’s youthful muscle. “The Biggest Thing Since Colossus” was released on Mac manager/producer/strongman Mike Vernon’s London-based Blue Horizon label.

if you are looking for some funky Chicago blues played and sung by one of its legendary exponents (who featured on many of Muddy Water’s records and was a member of Waters‘ touring band), with the one and only Peter Green accompanying him, then Otis Spann’s ‘The Biggest Thing Since Colossus’ comes mightily recommended. When Fleetwood Mac toured the USA, their producer set up some recording session with some of their heroes and this set doesn’t disappoint. Otis Spann is great, Peter Green is great and Danny Kirwan is great.

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