April 1, 2015 – 5:20 pm

DANNY KIRWAN R.I.P. 1950 - 2018

Danny Kirwan, the former Fleetwood Mac guitarist who played on five of the British band’s albums, passed away on June 8, 2018 at the age of 68. Mick Fleetwood, who recruited the then-18-year-old Kirwan to join Fleetwood Mac in 1968, confirmed Kirwan’s death with a tribute on the band’s Facebook. No cause of death was announced. “Danny was a huge force in our early years,” said Mick Fleetwood from the band in a tribute on Facebook. “Danny’s true legacy, in my mind, will forever live on in the music he wrote and played so beautifully as a part of the foundation of Fleetwood Mac, that has now endured for over 50 years. Thank you, Danny Kirwan. You will forever be missed!”

At 18, Kirwan joined the band in their blues-rock era shortly after the release of second album Mr Wonderful. He became the band’s third guitarist alongside Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer, and performed on their next five albums. After leaving the band, Kirwan went solo and released four albums in the ’70s. Kirwan later became homeless and, in 1993, Fleetwood used the Missing Persons Bureau to trace him. Kirwan said he had been living a hermitic existence in a Brixton basement flat for years, followed by four years at a St Mungo’s shelter in central London, living off social security and small royalty payments. - theguardian.com

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Seattle 1972 [A Doinker Tape, 1CD]

Live at the Paramount Northwest Theater, Seattle, WA; March 10, 1972. Very good soundboard.

Here is Fleetwood Mac after Peter Green left but before the addition of Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham. Or, as some say, before they went “pop”.

Thanks to Doinker for the original prep and seeding; and to glasnostrd19 for keeping the show alive at Dime.

Doinker noted: “Other than baking, no manipulations performed. It’s raw as I have it!”

glasnostrd19 added: “A Doinker Shake ‘N’ Bake Special Production. Cooked up just for you in his kitchen! Even 43 years ago, this is still back to the future Mac for me.”

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MR Scotch 203 3.75ips > Baking > Sound Forge 24 bit 48Khz > Downsampling and bit depth conversion (16 bit 44.1Khz) > track splitup > Flac

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Track 01. Tuning and Intro 1:23 (2.3MB)
Track 02. Tell Me All The Things You Do 5:23 (9.1MB)
Track 03. Future Games 11:02 (18.5MB)
Track 04. Get Like You Used To Be 4:24 (7.4MB)
Track 05. Child Of Mine * 7:23 (12.4MB)
Track 06. Spare Me A Little Of Your Love * 4:37 (7.8MB)
Track 07. Homeward Bound * 5:14 (8.8MB)
Track 08. Black Magic Woman 11:21 (19.1MB)
Track 09. Oh Well 3:07 (5.3MB)
54 mins

* Tracks from the 1972 Bare Trees album.

Bob Welch - guitar and vocals
Danny Kirwin - vocals and guitar
Christine McVie - keyboards and vocals
John McVie - bass
Mick Fleetwood - drums

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  1. 29 Responses to “FLEETWOOD MAC - SEATTLE 1972”

  2. Thank you very very much BIG O…. the 1972-1974 Bob Welch era of Fleetwood mac is an interesting one. Thank you

    By The Russian Assassin on Apr 1, 2015

  3. There was a certain gentleness in the Bob Welch / Danny Kirwan era - the bluesy strut of Peter Green was past and the in-your-face pop of Stevie and Lindsay had yet to arrive. A nice period indeed. Thank you, Big O.

    By rick on Apr 1, 2015

  4. have to say I`m pleasantly surprised by this one. Always been a F/Mac, peter green - era snob and this sounds really good. thanks. lots of people like one era or the other green,welch,nicks buckingham and while I can find something I like in all of it, I just can`t take the silly 50`s rock and roll revival stuff that jeremy spencer brought. It always felt like it cheapened the act and seemed more filler than anything.

    By sluggo on Apr 1, 2015

  5. Thanks, Big O.
    As great as Peter Green was -and you can hear his influence in the arrangement of some of these songs- I agree with Rick. Danny Kirwan and the remarkable Bob Welch made some of the best Fleetwood Mac music. I shuffle all of the Fleetwood Mack records that I like on itunes, from the first one through Tusk, and although some of the sequences are a little jarring (”Got to Move” followed by “Gold Dust Woman” for instance) it’s all good. Sluggo put his finger on the reason that the Jeremy Spencer tracks on the early records aren’t as good as the other tracks, and I can’t enjoy any of the later records because they are too pop, and have horrible 80s production that I can’t stand. There are lots of other blues revival acts like Savoy Brown, Long John Baldry, Blodwyn Pig, Ten Years After, and Rory Gallagher that I’d love see here.

    By Eric (The Other Eric) on Apr 1, 2015

  6. I think Blodwyn Pigs material is first rate!

    By sluggo on Apr 1, 2015

  7. Thank you for this posting. Saw them in Vancouver on this tour. As for tracks I remember them doing the songs Sentimental Lady, Station Man and the title track Bare Trees. So it seems that this recording is a bit shy on being complete. Oh well…

    By datdemdar on Apr 2, 2015

  8. Now I have to redo my Fleetwood KirWelVie Mac compilation disc at least to get this Child of Mine version on it. Thank you.

    By Pierre on Apr 2, 2015

  9. this is a brdcst. thats why its incomplete. it was re-aired at least 2 times that im aware of and i had one copy where 2 songs that are here werent on that copy but 2 other songs (or maybe one that was longer) was there. i dont know about the other brdcst. i didnt know about the differences til it was too late. i believe altho i could be wrong (i know u people love that) that their full set for this show or series of shows would be around 74-78mins. i saw one show on this tour but i have no memory of it other than 3 songs. i think this tour may have been my intro to christine mcvies singing.

    By darth on Apr 2, 2015

  10. What an under rated band. I wish there was more! Thanks for putting this up.

    By Tapedog on Apr 2, 2015

  11. Aw man, no “Sentimental Lady.”

    By Nick on Apr 2, 2015

  12. It’s a travesty that Bob Welch wasn’t included with the rest of Fleetwood Mac in the R&R Hall Of Fame. Nick, “Sentimental Lady” didn’t show up until 2 years later. “Future Games” is a great substitute. I can’t wait to hear this broadcast.

    By California Jim on Apr 2, 2015

  13. I went back to check and I am wrong about “Sentimental Lady”. I didn’t remember it from Bare Trees.

    By California Jim on Apr 2, 2015

  14. notes from someone who made this recording available elsewhere -

    Danny Kirwan was by all accounts falling-down drunk. At this point in his career he had taken to excessive consumption of alcohol and was on his way to being sacked later that year (by his one remaining friend in the band Mick Fleetwood.) He can be heard tripping over equipment and causing feedback during this performance, shocking his bandmates enough for them to remark about it. Within the next couple of years he would be spotted wandering the streets of London, homeless.

    During this show, Mr. Kirwin manages to finish the vocals on “Little Child Of Mine”, but the band struggle to keep up with the uneven pace he has set for them. Bob Welch takes over guitar lead from him during the song. Kirwin tries to sing “Black Magic Woman”, but is unable to and Bob Welch has to finish it for him.

    By darth on Apr 2, 2015

  15. Another winner.

    By Matchesmon on Apr 2, 2015

  16. darth you don`t mind telling tales out of school about people you don`t know but all hell breaks loose when someone tells a tale about you.

    By dropkick sarge on Apr 2, 2015

  17. Great post. I was never a Welch fan, but he deserves a lot of credit for keeping he band going and steering them on their new path. I can see the reluctance of embracing Jeremy Spencer, but his slide guitar is awesome and his recent discs “Precious Little, “In Session”, and Bend In The Road” are fantastic. He had a tour set for 2014, he first in something like 35 years, but backed out at the last minute. I had tickets and was really bummed when he called the tour off.

    By Michael Conlin on Apr 3, 2015

  18. jeremy spencer has a whole series of slide lesson videos.

    By dropkick sarge on Apr 3, 2015

  19. What a treat!

    By Bodega J on Apr 5, 2015

  20. I saw this tour in Tucson. Kirwan was a no-show; just Bob Welch as I recall…

    By MrJazz on Apr 8, 2015

  21. BTW, opening were Future Shock, Long John Baldry and Savoy Brown.

    By MrJazz on Apr 8, 2015

  22. Saw this tour, too, in Santa Clara, CA. They also did “Danny’s Chant” from Bare Trees. Fantastic show and don’t recall Kirwin fucking up. Malo (”Suavecito”) was also on the bill. Savoy Brown closed and wouldn’t stop playing, management finally pulled the plug, all you heard was drums, then Dave Walker stage dived into the crowd, that’s how the show ended. Great recording here, except for being overly compressed, and weird how the vocals are panned to one side. Glad to get this in such good quality.

    By randyremote on Apr 15, 2015

  23. nice show, i’m a big fan of the kirwan led years. so this is one of the few live shows out there from 71-72. as for another reviewers comments about kirwan being very drunk at this show, that is not true. he is in fine form here, singing and playing well. he introduces child of mine and sounds fine. he is a much better guitarist then bob welch and was missed very much after his departure. the mix could be better on this though.

    By pjack on Jun 9, 2015

  24. Darth I agree this is incomplete .This is the third site I found this concert . I knew all sites were missing songs . I recorded the concert on a Sony Reel to Reel Tape player /recorder . The machine and tape were stolen :(

    By Jay on Aug 21, 2015

  25. Thanks for this awesome concert. The trio of Christine McVie, Bob Welch and Danny Kirwan, coupled with the Mick/John rhythm section, made some great music!

    By Yogi on Dec 16, 2016

  26. Bob Welch does the lead guitar on “Homeward Bound”, just as he did on the studio version. That’s kind of a little known fact. All Johnnie Come Lately Mac listeners always assume that Danny Kirwan did all the lead guitar work. Ok, Danny did most of it but not all of it.

    By Johnny James on Dec 28, 2016

  27. I second the move for some Savoy Brown! I don’t think I ever cranked the Stereo Louder than when I put Savoy on the Turntable. Every Bit of Savoy Brown. I can still Hear Hellbound Train Echoing in my Brain!

    By popa c on Jun 11, 2018

  28. I love this short period with Bob and Danny. Bob added a nice jazzier etherial feel to the Mac.

    I don’t think Danny did “most” of the Guitar work in the Bob Welch period. There’s a huge difference in styles between the Two and Bob’s is easy to discern.

    He plays a lot of Jazzier riffs, like his Maj7 Arpeggio “runs.” He also plays nice Modal stuff, like, rather than playing the usual A blues pentatonic, he’ll play a an E Blues Pentatonic, or, a G Major Scale with the nice half-steps against the A. Nice sound.

    By leesa on Jun 11, 2018

  29. Thanks for putting this up again BigO! This period of theirs needs reappraisal badly as they created some really great music at this time. There is another show that I have somewhere that is an AUD from this era (forgotten date) that also had some great performances. I personally can’t stand what came later (when they went ‘pop’).
    Thanks again!

    By Lucien on Jun 12, 2018

  30. Oh what might have been. Wish this lineup could have found a way to last much longer. RIP Mac’s!!

    By oneL on Jun 12, 2018

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