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Precious Little

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Bitter Lemon
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Psychic Waste
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It Hurts Me Too
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Please Don't Stop
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Serene Serena
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Dr. J
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Bleeding Heart
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Many Sparrows
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Trouble And Woe
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Maria De Santiago
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Take And Give
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Precious Little
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 46:47

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04.22.11
Jeremy Spencer, Precious Little
2006 | Label: Blind Pig Records / The Orchard

This Brit-blues-era Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist threw it all away to join a cult, spending the bulk of 35 years in the musical wilderness. The mostly-purist set opens tentatively, but by the time the slide whiz eases into his hero Elmore James'eloquent “It Hurts Me Too,” Spencer and his Norwegian (!) blues band have found their pocket. That pocket may be more relaxed than some prefer, and while it's clear that Spencer's spirituality and love… read more »

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Blues fingers, yes. Blues voice, hmmm?

Ragabash

Excellent slide blues played, as the cover shows, on an electric National guitar with a lot of restraint: no flashy technique, just the right notes in the right places. Very satisfying. His voice is just a little too polite for real blues feeling, but I'll live with that. BTW: eMusic has two albums. One is assigned to "Jeremy Spencer", the other to "Jeremy Spencer from Fleetwood Mac". They're very similar styles, and indeed share several tracks. The 'duplicate' tracks are actually different versions and I've had no regret in downloading both albums.

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interesting `comeback` album

EMUSIC-008975F8.

For those of you looking for a good British blues album, `Precious Little` is a good addition to the cannon... there's great playing and equally deep feeling. The `preachiness` that is mentioned in the official review stems from the fact that Spencer is still a member of the cult that took him out of Fleetwood Mac 40 some years ago... this isn't a propoganda piece by any means but it's disappointing (considering Peter Green is also strongly back on his game) that the original Mac won't be coming back together anytime soon. If you read some of the history/accusations about Spencer in the `Children Of God` the song `Psychic Waste` is laughable but that's one small bump in an interesting road trip.

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Rastamon says it all.

KazooMagoo

A great player from Fleetwood Mac's best years.

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A welcome blast from the past!

rastamon

Jeremy Spencer sounds like he hasn't lost a lick since the "Kiln House" days. In fact, most of the songs found on this excellent new recording would fit quite comfortably on the first two Fleetwood Mac albums, or especially on "Kiln House". This record is highly recommended to any fans of acoustic and electric slide guitar played by a master. Rastamon sez check it out...

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It’s been nearly 33 years since Jeremy Spencer, the slide guitarist and vocalist in the original Fleetwood Mac, walked into silence, obscurity, and cult mystery — not unlike his bandmate Peter Green, who returned to active recording before Spencer had. Precious Little was licensed to Blind Pig from the Bluestown Records label in Norway. This isn’t some stodgy codger trying for one last blast of fame before he goes out into the long good night. In fact, Precious Little is an effortless, relaxed presentation of the blues through the fantastic voice and stellar guitar playing of a bona fide British bluesman. One might complain that this set is perhaps a bit too laid-back, but that complaint is small when taking in the communication that’s happening between Spencer and his Norwegian blues band in a studio that has the old mixing board from Stax! The material is a mixture of originals and covers that Spencer plays either on his National Steel with a humbucking pickup or one of his fine electric guitars. The warmth in his voice and the ease of his playing is that of a master musician. Opening with “Bitter Lemon,” Spencer and band stroll through the laid-back shuffle that immediately introduced his slide playing backed by a second electric guitarist, Espen Liland. Slippery, hushed, yet firm, his approach is deft. His humor is authentic and gratifying. The electric slide comes out on “Psychic Waste,” and the firm conviction in the grain of his voice is anything but novel; it’s an exhortation to responsibility. The cover of Elmore James’ “It Hurts Me Too” is one of the most laid-back, jazzy versions ever recorded. The quiet authority that Spencer displays in his vocal delivery is startling.
“Please Don’t Stop” is a smoking rockabilly tune written by Gordon Gaibraith for Fabian. This is followed by a remake of “Corrina Corrina,” with different lyrics and entitled “Sere Serena.” The blues stroll — complete with horns — in “Dr. J” brings the uptempo strut back into the music. Spencer can wail and moan with the best. He displays it on another James tune, “Bleeding Heart,” with incredible verve on the slide and without playing an extra note. This is true economy of scale and only a master would attempt it. The country blues of “Many Sparrows” is yet another side of Spencer’s blues vocabulary. His long snaking and high lonesome moan as he plays is actually chilling. “Maria de Santiago” is the strongest cut here. It’s executed with a wealth of slide and baritone saxophone in honk mode. When he sings his devotion to the saint, the entire world opens and Spencer’s cosmic spiritual universe is revealed; the entire thing breaks open and the disillusionment and fear expressed in the tune become enmeshed in the band’s presentation. His cover of the Slim Rhodes tune “Take and Give” is the most obscure thing here, but Spencer makes it a keeper with its laid-back rockabilly shuffle; it could have been covered by Fleetwood Mac. The title track is one Mark Knopfler would kill to have written. Its beautifully fluid and languid guitar lines play counterpoint to one another and carry his lyrics home. All listeners can hope for now is that Spencer will take his time but stay on the scene, playing and recording again. Precious Little was worth the wait. – Thom Jurek

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