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GJK 03-06-2017 09:14 AM

June 7-9, 1968 Carousel Ballroom concerts
Hi, can anybody tell me where I can find the correct setlists for the June 7-9, 1968 Carousel Ballroom concerts? I found a few sources but sometimes they differ.

Another question, there's a lot to be found here:

But it says that on January 4, 1969, FM played at Kinetic Playground, in Chicago. Weren't they a bit busy in the Chess studios that day?


sharksfan2000 03-06-2017 09:52 AM

GJK, for the Carousel setlists I'd say that BklynBlue would be your best bet, as he's most likely listened to and studied these tracks more than anyone. BTW, the dates for the recorded show(s) there are open to question - they may well have been from later in the month. Another reason to order "A Love That Burns" - the excellent e-book that BklynBlue (Rich Orlando) recently published. :)

As to the Kinetic Playground shows, the band was certainly busy in Chicago, but we know they did indeed play those shows on Jan. 3 & 4, 1969, since there was a review of one of those shows in the Chicago Tribune - partially quoted in Christopher Hjort's "Strange Brew" book - another invaluable resource.

BklynBlue 03-06-2017 10:36 PM

The Carousel Ballroom recordings have been in circulation for some time now and songs from different nights, sets and even venues (the Fillmore West) have been mixed and matched on fan traded bootlegs for a long time now; add in the incorrect titles used on quite a few of the numbers and it can be difficult to know just what you have.
I also believe that the Carousel Ballroom recordings actually date from June 20, 22 or 23, 1968.

They played multiple sets each night, and these, I believe are the proper set lists:
(Note: the names after the titles are not necessarily the composers, but rather the performers who inspired Fleetwood Mac’s covers)

First Set

Madison Blues (Elmore James) (4:25)

Something Inside Of Me (Elmore James) (5:33)
(sometimes listed as ‘My Baby’s Gone’)

The Woman I Love (P. Green) (4:43)
(sometimes listed as ‘My Baby’s Skinny’)

Worried Dream (B. B. King) (9:42)

Dust My Broom (Robert Johnson arrang. E. James) (4:37)

Got To Move (Homesick James Williamson) (3:57)

Trying So Hard To Forget (P. Green) (4:36)

Carousel Jam (P. Green, J. McVie, M. Fleetwood) (9:30)

Have You Ever Loved A Woman (Freddie King) (8:39)

Lazy Poker Blues (P. Green) (4:39)

Second Set
*Guest Musician: Paul Butterfield: harmonica

*Stop Messin’ Round (P. Green) (1:20 – incomplete)

*I Love Another Woman (P. Green) (5:22)

*I Believe (Elmore James) (5:03)

*The Sun Is Shining (Elmore James) (4:50)

Long Tall Sally (Little Richard) (4:18)

Willie and the Hand Jive (Johnny Otis) (4:04)

Tutti Frutti (Little Richard) (2:59)

Ready Teddy (Little Richard) (3:15 – incomplete)

There are another four songs (most likely the end of one of their sets), that also appear to have been recorded at the Carousel Ballroom:

Need Your Love So Bad (Little Willie John) (1:32 – incomplete)

I Believe (Elmore James) (4:50)

Shake Your Moneymaker (Elmore James) (8:10)

Ready Teddy (Little Richard) (3:04)

I hope that this helps – if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me on here The Ledge, or through Private Message, or at

GJK 03-07-2017 06:56 PM


Originally Posted by BklynBlue (Post 1202552)
The Carousel Ballroom recordings have been in circulation for some time now and songs from different nights, sets and even venues...

Thank you very much, Rich!

BklynBlue 03-09-2017 09:33 AM

My pleasure! The recordings from their first American tour are among my favorites. It is great to hear them experimenting each time they play a song – one of the great things about having multiple versions of some of the songs.

You can sense the excitement they must have been feeling being in the States, taking in all of the amazing music all around them (not to say that they weren’t being influenced by the music they were hearing back in England, but what they were hearing now was very different)

To my tastes, the four-piece version of Fleetwood Mac reached its peak, on tape, anyway, with the recordings from The Space, in NYC a few weeks later.
That was an incredibly strong show, from song selections to playing.

Anyone have other preferences?

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