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Duster Bennett (with Fleetwood Mac)

Smiling Like I'm Happy

Release Notes
  • Recorded at CBS Studios, London 8th, 9th July & 9th September 1968

One of the unsung heroes of British Blues, this one-man band was a fine harmonica player and singer, a decent guitarist, and a soulful enough singer to make one overlook his distinctly unblusy high voice. The opening ‘Worried Mind’ – just Duster on harp, guitar, voice, high-hat and kick drum – is a marvelously sloppy shuffle romp that holds its own with the ‘Fabulous Thunderbirds’ work ten year hence. On other tracks Bennett is backed by three-fourths of the original Fleetwood Mac, who provide simple, effecive support without stealing any limelight; solos are kept to a minimum. Original ‘My Lucky Day’ (with chromatic harmonica) and ‘Jumping at Shadows’ (which Mac would later cover) are absolutely outstanding, and Duster does justice to Majic Sam’s ‘My Love is Your Love’ Dan Forte/AMG