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Fleetwood Mac — Black Magic Woman
Album: The Best of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac
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Released: 1969
Length: 2:45
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Got a black magic woman
I got a black magic woman
Yes, I got a black magic woman
Got me so blind I can't see
But she's a black magic woman
And she's tryin' to make a devil out of me

Don't turn your back on me baby
Don't turn your back on me baby
Yes, don't turn your back on me baby
You're messin' around with your tricks
Don't turn your back on me baby
'Cause you might just break up my magic stick

You got your spell on me baby
You got your spell on me baby
Yes, you got your spell on me baby
You're turning my heart into stone
I need you so bad, magic woman, I can't leave you alone

Yes, I need you so bad
Well, I need you darling
Yeah, I need you darling
Yes, I want you love me
I want you love me
Whoa, I want you love me, ah
Whoh, yeah
Oh, whoa, baby
Yes, I need your love
Oh, I need your love so bad
I want you love me
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Always interesting to listen again to a version from the artist that inspired the later definitive cover.
 Tomasni wrote:
8 down to 3
 
That seems like an extreme change.  Any reason?
 Tomasni wrote:
8 down to 3
 
I’m gonna start at a 2. 
8 down to 3
Early Fleetwood Mac is the best.  Bears no resemblance to the late 70's to {#Motor}current.  Nice segue, Bill.
Hey...ain't this a bossa nova beat?  
I loved Fleetwood Mac in this early period. They had a mystery to them
You guys see how Santana stole Peter Green's idea and ran with it?
Ain't this a bossa nova beat? 

Makes me want to dance with a woman wearing a shoulderless dress and drinking Mojitos.  
 ElCamoteLoco wrote:
I prefer the version on Abraxas. But this is still awesome.

 
I agree with your preference, but this is a bit of a relic. Despite some interesting guitar fills, this doesn't rock or sway. It really feels like some Brits rehearsing their way through some Latin music that really caught their interest the other day...
I've never heard this. Who knew?
Santana did wonders with this song, and that will likely always be my favorite, but when I hear this I can understand why Carlos was inspired.
 dragon1952 wrote:

I take it you were a nerd in the 60's :^ / Top 40 guy?

 
this version THE BEST!!
 ScottN wrote:
Sorry, but I am 65 and have heard all of FM's incarnation(s).  This one sux.

 
I take it you were a nerd in the 60's :^ / Top 40 guy?
Nice segue, Bill:  a Santana favorite followed by the original BMW.  Hang the turkeys who think this is anything but an extraordinary cut.
 TianGongZhong wrote:
Uninspired. Horrible guitar solo. 
 

I’d put a hat on if I were you TianGongZhong, it sound as if all that sun has done something to your brain!


 TianGongZhong wrote:
Uninspired. Horrible guitar solo. 

 
To me that's blasphemy
I prefer the version on Abraxas. But this is still awesome.
 {#Clap} me too  DoctorHooey wrote:
I love that stripped down drum beat! It's so fierce without the requisite 8th note hi-hat line. Excellent.

 


Uninspired. Horrible guitar solo. 
From the days of the superior Flletwood Mac
Sounds so nice!

I'm giving it a 9 for now.  That gives me room to move it to a 10 next time I hear it. 
Delicious. {#Guitarist}
Good to have also this version!
timeless
Always nice to hear the original but I prefer Carlos' rave-up.
 akdavey wrote:
I learned something today.
This was great.

 
Yessss
Sorry, but I am 65 and have heard all of FM's incarnation(s).  This one sux.
 jagdriver wrote.

What with the demise of Peter, Jeremy, Danny and now Bob Welch, Fleetwood Mac has a tainted history when it comes to personnel survival. It's amazing that John didn't fully succumb to the bottle and that Stevie didn'tl

  
As far as I know, Peter Green is still among us. 

I learned something today.
This was great.
{#Cowboy}  {#Music}    Peter Green =  {#Notworthy}{#Notworthy}{#Notworthy}{#Notworthy}
 jagdriver wrote:

What with the demise of Peter, Jeremy, Danny and now Bob Welch, Fleetwood Mac has a tainted history when it comes to personnel survival. It's amazing that John didn't fully succumb to the bottle and that Stevie didn't OD on pharma coke.

 
You make it sound as if F. Mac were the only ones. Substance use or abuse happens with all types of entertainers and celebrities, not just in music but film, art, sport, and so on, not to mention the general public as well.
Awesome artist.     youtube him doing "Jumpin' at shadows"    above and beyond words
I believe this song is based on "I Loved Another Woman" from Fleetwood Mac's debut album (often referred to as Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac).
{#Notworthy}      {#Notworthy}     {#Notworthy} ....  10 
I have this album on vinyl.  It also has the original full length version of The Green Manalishi.
{#Guitarist}  {#Drummer}  {#Notworthy}
our local college station plays old F Mac, so I wikipedia'd him (Peter Green):
"Green inspired B. B. King to say, "He has the sweetest tone I ever heard; he was the only one who gave me the cold sweats." Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page have both lauded his guitar playing."
I like this more than the Santana version...but it still is as effective as a wet match.
Wow...never knew!  Was this pre-Then Play On?  I should have been paying more attention when I was young...  Did you know there are two versions of Then Play On?
Love this band and this song!

awesome original version that Santana later turned into a hit in 1970 with his cover...

Peter Green, one of the founders of Fleetwood Mac, was an incredible guitar player, singer, and songwriter for the band until he went schizophrenic and discovered religion...




 ambrebalte wrote:

Oh yes I do
 

I hope you are having a marvelous day right this minute...

love this marvelous song...
 
Excellent song, love old Fleetwood Mac. I have always liked this much more than Santana's version, guitars overshadow essence of this song, this is much more raw and still has excellent guitar work. 
Wicked!!! Thanks RP, for making an old classic fresh again. Terrific version!
really do love the old stuff. have a decent vinyl collection and have most of this stuff in the stack. listen to it often...along with buffalo springfield, delaney and bonnie, dylan,early stones and the like. there is just something about where music was back then that keeps me coming back for more
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 

 
Oh yes I do

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
KiIler version of this on Live at The Boston Tea Party...
Always a great trivia question, people I know have always thought this was all Carlos Santana...
Exactly the kind of song which makes me wonder when the psd button Will be available on mobile!!


love this song...  we be dancing...




 
 Proclivities wrote:
I'm not sure if he's "under-rated": he's generally regarded as "legendary" by most guitar aficionados.  He may be unknown to a lot of people because he has kept a pretty low-profile since the 1970's.
 
Like Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett, Peter was an acid casualty way back when. He rebounded somewhat with his Splinter band, but somewhat is the operative word. I've checked out some of the his Splinter band's work and none of it comes even close to measuring up what Greeny was writing, playing and singing back in the late '60s.

What with the demise of Peter, Jeremy, Danny and now Bob Welch, Fleetwood Mac has a tainted history when it comes to personnel survival. It's amazing that John didn't fully succumb to the bottle and that Stevie didn't OD on pharma coke.
Man, those drums and wicked licks are Pure Psycho!  LOVE IT!
True enough. However, I don't think he's exactly a household name, especially when compared with the name of the band he helped spawn.

Proclivities wrote:

I'm not sure if he's "under-rated": he's generally regarded as "legendary" by most guitar aficionados.  He may be unknown to a lot of people because he has kept a pretty low-profile since the 1970's.

 


One legend gives rise to another. I gotta give this an 8 because it's a mighty cool groove, and the way it shifts to a straight blues piece that Los Lobos or Stevie Ray probably liked.  
I'm just glad its in tune for a change.
One of the coolest CD boxes and this song is magical,well almost,since I don't believe in magic.
I like that !
J'aime ça !
Mick, Fr.

 mike_chouinard wrote:
Peter Green: underrated guitar, even more under-rated voice.
 
I'm not sure if he's "under-rated": he's generally regarded as "legendary" by most guitar aficionados.  He may be unknown to a lot of people because he has kept a pretty low-profile since the 1970's.

Thank you, Bill.
Wow. Being on probably the younger side of RP listeners, the only Fleetwood Mac I ever knew growing up was with Stevie, Lindsey, Christine, etc. RP has introduced me to the early stuff, and I really like it. I had no idea that this wasn't an original Santana song. I like both versions, but the local classic rock station plays Santana's to death. I also like all the various lineups of Fleetwood Mac.



A Peter Green classic...  an ancient version of Fleetwood Mac, and some argue the best...  I love them all...


Ah Fleetwood Mac when it was a proper blues/rock band. Before the pop-girlies ruined it....lol. I love these old tracks from them.


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...


I know all the cool kids and well knowledged older musical experts are chic to say how great early Fleetwood Mac is, but I just don't get it. Rumours is still their masterpiece IMO.
 DoctorHooey wrote:
I love that stripped down drum beat! It's so fierce without the requisite 8th note hi-hat line. Excellent.
 
Well spotted. Excellent and solid drumming.

I'd have had trouble not putting in an occasional mini cymbal comedy 'ding'. 
Good god man, Santana listen to Peter Green takuma wrote:
Not bad, but Santana is much better.
 


 

Now you're on the money Bill.....more Peter Green...GOD


Not bad, but Santana is much better.
{#Moon} 


johnjconn wrote:
This would be better if Stevie Nicks was singing with Lindsey Buckingham on guitar
 


 meadowwoods wrote:
My upload!
 
Thank you, meadowwoods! This is so much more soulful than the Santana rendition. Plus, it prompted some supplemental history from other listeners, too.  No bad here! {#Mrgreen}
This would be better if Stevie Nicks was singing with Lindsey Buckingham on guitar
Ah, this is the ringtone on my phone for when my GF calls. Early FM has always been a favorite of mine.
 mike_chouinard wrote:
Peter Green: underrated guitar, even more under-rated voice.
 
Santana ripped him off, didn't he?


absolutely incredible...  love this song...

 
Peter Green: underrated guitar, even more under-rated voice.
I love that stripped down drum beat! It's so fierce without the requisite 8th note hi-hat line. Excellent.


Peter Green...  awesome...




Peter Green was a bad@$$ guitarslinger!
Hearing this track just now prompted me to read the Wikipedia article on the band.  Interesting article.  I did not know that Christine McVie was Christine Perfect before she married John McVie! {#Curtain}

As much as I like Santana's version, the original is still, and far and away, the best!!!  10
Love it.
 shutter wrote:
Ahhhhhhhhh, Peter Green.  He's the true "sound" of Fleetwood Mac.
 
I like Jeremy Spencer too. Christine way better than Stevie. 
 pdjpirate wrote:
Pure bliss!!!!
 


Yes, I agree...

 
Pure bliss!!!!
 paulmack wrote:

This is the original, even though the two songs versions in question were recorded within a couple of years of each other. Peter Green wrote the song....
 
Had no idea.  I prefer Santana's version, although this is a welcome change. 
I didn't know Bill Murray did a version of this!

But really, I like this MUCH better than Santana's version.
 Peace_tode wrote:
Eric Clapton's autobiography is a very very good read for the personal view he allows us to have of him. But a byproduct is a music history lesson. And part of that is the role early Fleetwood Mac had on the 60's English Blues Rock scene. FM was every bit as involved as the Yardbirds, John Mayhall, and many others.
 
Right. Read Fleetwood, if you can find a copy.
 Baby_M wrote:
No, no, no, this is just not right, do you hear me? It's just! Not! Right!
 
I hope you've discovered your error by now.
My upload!
 ckcotton wrote:
Never heard this.... always liked the Santana version.... this DEFINITELY holds its own though. Excellent
 
This is the original, even though the two songs versions in question were recorded within a couple of years of each other. Peter Green wrote the song....

Ahhhhhhhhh, Peter Green.  He's the true "sound" of Fleetwood Mac.
didnt this play yesterday? yup
Never heard this.... always liked the Santana version.... this DEFINITELY holds its own though. Excellent
Nice Begin of the new year. Thanx, Bill!
I had no idea this was the original!  Fleetwood Mac ROCKS!
YES!!!
I'm enjoying Fleetwood Mac like I never have before. Especially since this isn't Santana.
Bill, how about Green Manalishi !?

You can play Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac any time. Santana's cover is great, but the original Black Magic Woman puts up a helluva fight. Those kids were playin' some killer blues. 
 Pharlap wrote:

They were also quite quite good between the Green/Spencer years and Buckingham/Nicks years.

 ceviche wrote:
My favorite years for Fleetwood Mac are those with Peter Green. The later stuff is ok, big in my high school years, but not as edgy as this material.
 
 
Indeed they were - the years with Danny Kirwan's silvery guitar work highlighted my college years.

They were also quite quite good between the Green/Spencer years and Buckingham/Nicks years.

 ceviche wrote:
My favorite years for Fleetwood Mac are those with Peter Green. The later stuff is ok, big in my high school years, but not as edgy as this material.
 


 rtrudeau wrote:
I wonder if romeotuma likes this song. {#Angel}
 

Yes, I LOVE this song!  I hope you are having a great day!

 
this should be followed by Judas Priest's Green Manalishi. {#Tongue}
No, no, no, this is just not right, do you hear me? It's just! Not! Right!
I wonder if romeotuma likes this song. {#Angel}
Damn. Where have I been that I never even *heard* of this version?!? Yeah, what someone said = more blues feel!

Yeah baby yeah!


How 'bout "Rattlesnake Shake"!

Fleetwood Mac by ~JSaurer
©2009-2010 ~JSaurer

the successful line-up from the late seventies with Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, Christine McVie. they made brilliant albums like RUMOURS and TUSK.
pencil scetch, 1997


 bachbeet wrote:
I always liked this version of FM.  I happen to like both versions of this song.  Santana's is different and I like his take on it.  And, this one has a rawer blues feeling to it.
 
Agree.

Eric Clapton's autobiography is a very very good read for the personal view he allows us to have of him. But a byproduct is a music history lesson. And part of that is the role early Fleetwood Mac had on the 60's English Blues Rock scene. FM was every bit as involved as the Yardbirds, John Mayhall, and many others.
Does this make anyone think of Robert Cray? Especially nearer the end of the song.
Mwahahaha! Black Magic Woman right after Santana's "Not one to depend on" ... Now, here I do prefer Santana's version ... they do feel what is behind 'don't turn your back on me babee" {#Moon} {#Sunny}
I always liked this version of FM.  I happen to like both versions of this song.  Santana's is different and I like his take on it.  And, this one has a rawer blues feeling to it.
Great version of that classic Santana song!   
 Sjaaks wrote:
Like this one better than Santana's "distortionised-distortion" version... Just heard from Bill that it's originally a Fleetwood Mac song, didn't know that!

8
 
Cool; didn't know that either.   I like Santana's 'version' but, like many others, find Santana's stuff a tad boring.

Agreed.  I can't believe this song is a Fleetwood Mac original.  It really doesn't sound like them, but then I always forget they have blues roots. I'm a huge FM fan, but this song gets a big 'Meh' from me.

 LastChance wrote:
This just doesn't sound right.
 


Wooo Yeah! Go Peter Green! The original doesn't get played nearly often enough!