Danny Kirwan – Second Chapter [DJM, 1975] / The Bonzo Dog Band – History of the Bonzos [United Artists, 1974]
The Bonzo Dog (Doo-Dah) Band were a music and comedy group featuring the songwriting skills of Neil Innes and the unique eccentricity of Vivian Stanshall.
Danny Kirwan is best known for his work with Fleetwood Mac, who he joined in 1968. His first recorded work with the band was the timeless single “Albatross”. According to Wikipedia, legendary guitarist Peter Green later stated that, “I would never have done “Albatross” if it wasn’t for Danny. I would never have had a number one hit record.”
Kirwan was a fluid and melodic guitarist who featured on (and wrote songs for) the four Fleetwood Mac albums from Then Play On to Bare Trees, after which he was fired. Alcohol was a demon and mental health problems ensued. He was prominent on my favourite Mac album, Future Games (1971).
It would be great if Danny Kirwan got the respect he deserves.
Elvis Costello – “Every day I write the book” (Punch the Clock, 1983)