Black Magic Woman (2:51)

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From The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac and 136 other releases

“Black Magic Woman” is a song written by Peter Green that first appeared as a Fleetwood Mac single in various countries in 1968, subsequently appearing on the 1969 Fleetwood Mac compilation albums English Rose (US) and The Pious Bird of Good Omen (UK). It became a classic hit by Santana and sung by Gregg Rolie in 1970, reaching #4 in the U.S. and Canadian charts, after appearing on their Abraxas album, becoming more closely associated with Santana than Fleetwood Mac. In 2005 the song was covered by ex-Thin Lizzy guitarist Snowy White on his album The Way It Is. In 1996 the song was also covered by Gary Hoey on his album Bug Alley .

Although not nearly as popular as Santana’s arrangement two years later, “Black Magic Woman” nevertheless became a fairly popular blues-rock hit peaking at #37 in the UK Singles Chart. It was featured in Fleetwood Mac live set-lists even after Green had left the band, when it was often sung by Danny Kirwan, and during concerts in the early 1970s it would form the basis for long mid-concert jams. The song would often be preceded by a band member reminding the audience that it was a Fleetwood Mac song before it became such a big hit for Santana.

Set in the key of D minor, the verse follows a twelve bar chord progression alternating between D minor7, A minor7, and G minor7, and the instrumentation consists of vocals, two guitars, bass guitar and drums. It is homophonic, the voice and lead guitar taking the lead roles, and set in common time (4/4), with the rhythm “pushing” on the upbeat, then breaking into a shuffle beat root - chord jam after the final verse.

D minor 7 | D minor 7 | A minor 7 | A minor 7 | D minor 7 | D minor 7 | G minor 7 | G minor 7 | Dm 7 - C 7 | Bb 7 - A 7 | D minor 7 | D minor 7


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  • buriuk

    great song and guitars

    17 Jul 9:33am Reply
  • pteronophobic

    I like both versions, altough I prefer this one. It's much more haunting and Green really pours his soul and agony into the guitar solo. The best Fleetwood Mac version is on Live in Boston Vol. 1 and the best Santana version is on Lotus with Leon Thomas on vocals.

    11 May 2:01am Reply
  • RAY7654321

    Listening to the album "Boston" released in 2013, a repackage of three nights of live performances at the 'Boston Tea Party' on February 5-7, 1970. Features the original Mac of Peter, Jeremy, Mick, John, Danny. Recorded just three months before Peter was voted out of the band for demanding that the band members go on salary and give the excess profits to charity (suffering mental illness brought on by his bingeing on LSD). This album is 31/2 hrs of the best live music around. For serious Green Era Mac fans only.

    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • RAY7654321

    Listening to the 1969 compilation album "Pious Bird of Good Omen" which consisted of four singles A & B sides, two previously released album tracks, two Eddie Boyd tracks with FM backing, This was a single released in 1968 which charted at #37 in the UK.

    2 Sep 2014 Reply
  • mikesimpson

    All the macs rock !

    12 Dec 2013 Reply
  • lukasz_pulawski


    13 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Saskatchewan_

    I like both the 'bluesy' and the 'poppy' Fleetwood Mac. What's not to like in either?

    19 Sep 2013 Reply
  • B0di

    The Black Keys.

    30 May 2013 Reply
  • Storchel

    Loooove it!!

    11 May 2013 Reply
  • xtwntraphq

    Got this on 45 as a demo copy.

    11 Feb 2013 Reply
  • xtwntraphq

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhh, the old Mac ! Love it Love it Love it !

    22 Dec 2012 Reply
  • cegutierrez73

    este fue el verdadero Fleetwood Mac...................

    12 Dec 2012 Reply
  • MikesDmusic

    Love BOTH versions - this original is haunting though!

    1 Dec 2012 Reply
  • rockmetalrules

    gotta agree with most folks on here, the original is better.

    31 Oct 2012 Reply
  • yogijohn888

    both versions great, Carlos and Peter. But the gut-wrenching, haunting beauty of the Peter Green (and the early Mac) version would always be my choice. Eeeegads we loved this period of music.

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Druid66

    I like this spooky take on the song.

    10 Jun 2012 Reply
  • silversurfer250

    Yes folks...THIS IS THE ORIGINAL.

    23 Apr 2012 Reply
  • KeithandLor


    25 Jan 2012 Reply
  • GlennyGlen

    Sanatana who???, joking, sorry Carlos!

    10 Nov 2011 Reply
  • blue-funk

    diese gitarre, phantastisch

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
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