Bernard Butler: Woman I Know (1998)

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Bernard Butler: Woman I Know (1998)

Was it Bob Dylan who said something to the effect, "amateurs borrow, professionals steal"?

Not to encourage plagiarism, but Bernard Butler certainly took a leaf or two -- if not a whole chapter -- from the Book of Fleetwood Mac for this track which uses Albatross as it's starting point -- but then doesn't go too far with it.

This was the opening track on Butler's solo album People Move On after he had first left Suede . . . and then later became McAlmont and Butler (with David McAlmont). Hence the album title.

At almost eight minutes it didn't lack ambition and by twisting the Peter Green/Albatross sound just enough he managed to capture its dreamy mood but also come up with some which is original.

Or something very near original.

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