July 8, 2009

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(Duster Bennett - the real U.K. deal)

Unfortunately, in his all-too-short career, Duster Bennett never made it to the States and only recorded a few albums before his untimely death in 1976 (falling asleep at the wheel and hitting a truck). But in the short time he was around, he made a deep impression on audiences and musicians alike with his raw and unpretentious style. This track "My Lucky Day" is off his first album "Smiling Like I'm Happy". It was recorded in 1968 and features pretty much all of Fleetwood Mac (John McVie on Bass, Mick Fleetwood on drums, Peter Green on guitar) as backup band. It was also produced by Mike Vernon (Fleetwood Mac's producer during their early incarnation) and was issued on Blue Horizon (Mike Vernon's label) - certainly not the kind of treatment you'd accord a flash-in-the-pan/one-hit-wonder, which Duster Bennett was not. Very little of his material has been reissued, which is tragic. However, a new compilation has come out that chronicles the recordings he made for Blue Horizon.

It's about time and it's worth checking out.

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