|*Peter Green onstage with Fender Bass VI|
And now here comes Before The Beginning, yet another compilation of unreleased live recordings, with a few outtakes and demos tacked on the end. Unlike some of the previous Mac collections which were issued by small, independent labels, this three CD set is an official Sony release, presumably issued with the blessing of Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. So, on the face of it, top quality is assured.
13. Sandy Mary (Live)
This Peter Green-penned generic rocker has always worked much better in concert than on record, which probably explains why there is no studio version. It has also featured on the Live At The BBC and Live In Boston albums
3. Rattlesnake Shake (Live)
This ode to onanism was selected as the US follow-up single to “Oh Well” which had failed to sell in America. It did only marginally better there, reaching #30 in the Billboard charts. In concert, however, “Rattlesnake Shake” soon developed into a crowd-pleasing extended jam, running to 15 minutes or more.