Hear David Gilmour Play ‘Need Your Love So Bad’, a New 2021 Version for Peter Green Book

The Albatross Man book
The Albatross Man book

David Gilmour has lent his guitar playing skills to a new recording of ‘Need Your Love So Bad’ to help promote a book.

The book is Albatross Man and is a visual documentary of Fleetwood Mac founding member Peter Green who sadly passed away last summer. The book was 4 years in the making and is an exceptionally exclusive product. The “ultra deluxe signed” version is £2,000 and is limited to 50 copies. For the rest of us, the “standard” version is £95! Ordering info. The book is available for pre-order and is released in October 2021.

Hear Need Your Love So Bad featuring David Gilmour

Recently, David has also been getting involved with the latest Jools Holland album recording which he let slip whilst sending birthday wishes to Gilmour online. David also recorded an EP to accompany his wife’s latest book being put to paperback. He certainly has been keeping busy and having fun during the awful lock-down due to Covid. David discussed not wanting to be in an audience during a recent interview on The One Show on Britain’s state broadcaster, the BBC. Perhaps he has been working on a new album of his own given all the free time he might have enjoyed and having a studio at home etc. Fingers crossed.

Press Release & Pictures

For the past 4 years Peter worked directly with Rufus Publications to produce a huge, illustrated visual book of his life and career. Mark Smith at Rufus has been travelling down to Canvey Island on a regular basis to talk to Peter about his life, look through his personal archive and discuss his love for fishing, drawing and listening to a wide range of music on a daily basis. During this time a book of rare images, memorabilia, lyrics and notes from his time in Fleetwood Mac has been assembled with Peter having full control over the book’s direction and details. Peter also played guitar for Mark on occasion, delicately going back through a lifetime of influential music. The resulting book, “The Albatross Man” by Peter Green, will be shipping in October 2021 on what would be his 75th birthday.

During the evolution of the book, it was decided to include some unique music as part of the project. A newly discovered vocal take by Peter, recorded in the mid sixties in his mother’s attic on a tape recorder, of “Need Your Love So Bad” formed the basis of the first song with guitars provided by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, a huge fan of Peter’s work. The track was produced by Laurie Latham. Peter heard and approved mixes of the track and the short promotional video created for “Need Your Love So Bad”. The second track chosen was “Man of the World” and Kirk Hammett of Metallica, another huge Peter Green fan and current owner of the legendary Greeny guitar, was approached and quickly joined the project. He flew into London and on January 6th 2020 he went into London’s Abbey Road with producer Rob Cass to record the guitar parts for his revised vision of the song, all using Greeny. The following day Kirk went down to Canvey Island to meet with Peter and hand him Greeny once more, but also to play him the guitar parts to “Man of the World”. Again Peter approved the music and approach. The track has now been mixed and finished in LA and also features Mick Fleetwood on drums. The bass and production were handled by legendary producer Bob Rock. Both tracks have been recorded for the book project and offer widely different interpretations of Peter’s work.

At over 450 pages the large, coffee table book, “The Albatross Man” is a perfect celebration of one of the UK’s leading guitarists, songwriters and performers. Not only does it feature Peter’s personal pictures, Fleetwood Mac notes and essays and a stunning array of photography (many previously unpublished) it also includes written contributions from Mike and Richard Vernon, Neil Slaven, Dinky Dawson, Kirk Hammett and many others.

The Standard Edition
Measuring 280mm x 355mm with a printed cover and supplied in a black cloth slipcase.

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