Albatross composer, RIP

Albatross composer, RIP


norman lebrecht

July 26, 2020

The Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green has died at 73.

Albatross, the band’s first #1 hit, was his composition. A gift to buskers everywhere.



  • Tony Britten says:

    I can honestly say I have never heard ‘Albatross’ busked! Its all about the atmosphere and Green’s very spare soloing – not at all a jolly strummy sort of busker’s tune – or have I been missing something?

    • Roland says:

      So you open the topic Classical against Pop? OMG, you have no idea what music is about! You judge his music though never listened to it? Well, his music touches, can make you cry, can heal, rings people together. that is what music is about. Maybe you feel that with conposers like Stockhausen or other contemporary composers; I don’t! Most of the contemporary composers won’t be heard any more in 50 years, because their music doesn’t touch the heart! Why do we still listen to Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and other great composers? Not because their music is so difficult to play or so modern, but just because it tpuches our heart! And the same does the music of Peter Green. May he rest in peace!

      • Allen says:

        Do you have reading difficulties, or were you in such a hurry to sound off that you couldn’t even be bothered to glance at his comment?

        He clearly says that he has never heard Albatross BUSKED. Neither have I.

  • Allen says:

    I remember this very well.

    Has anyone noticed the absence, or virtual absence, of pop/rock instrumental music these days? There seems to be little interest in, or understanding of, music that isn’t fronted by a celebrity singer. And I”m not talking about the middle-of-the-road stuff like André Rieu.

    When people hear a movement from a symphony and ask “what was that song?”, I can’t help feeling that they’re missing something.

  • Roland says:

    A great musician has gone. He played the Blues from the bottom of his heart and his music touched generations. He was the mastermind of Fleetwood Mac composing so wonderful songs like Man of the World, Oh Well, Black Magic Woman, Albatros. One of the greatest composers of the 20th century has gone, but his music will live forever, and will still be heard when most of the music of composers of the 20th century is forgotten.