The Pious Bird of Good Omen

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The Pious Bird of Good Omen
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Compilation album by Fleetwood Mac
Released15 August 1969
RecordedSeptember 1967, January–April & October 1968
GenreBlues rock
LabelBlue Horizon
ProducerMike Vernon
Fleetwood Mac compilations chronology
English Rose
The Pious Bird of Good Omen
Fleetwood Mac in Chicago
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[2]
Blender5/5 stars[3]

The Pious Bird of Good Omen is a compilation album by British blues rock band Fleetwood Mac, released in 1969. It consists of their first four non-album UK singles and their B-sides, two other tracks from their previous two albums, and two tracks by blues artist Eddie Boyd with backing by members of Fleetwood Mac. These two tracks came from Boyd's album 7936 South Rhodes.

The title of the album is a phrase found in an 1817 gloss (marginal note) to Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 1798 epic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The phrase refers to the albatross killed in the poem ("The ancient Mariner inhospitably killeth the pious bird of good omen"). Its use as an album title as well as the album art is a sly wink to the featuring of the band's number 1 UK hit "Albatross."

The US-only compilation English Rose was a similar package, sharing five songs with this album, and was released earlier in 1969.

In 2002, the tracks from this album were repackaged by Sony BMG and released as a new collection very closely resembling the 1971 Greatest Hits album, but with the addition of "Shake Your Moneymaker" and "Love That Burns".


Reaction to the album has been highly positive; the album was described as "excellent" by the Rolling Stone Album Guide.[2] TeamRock ranked the album in the "20 Greatest Blues Albums: 1967-70".[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."Need Your Love So Bad"Little Willie John, Mertis John Jr.[5]3:50
2."Comin' Home"Elmore James2:38
3."Rambling Pony"Peter Green2:40
4."The Big Boat" (with Eddie Boyd)Eddie Boyd2:35
5."I Believe My Time Ain't Long"Jeremy Spencer2:55
6."The Sun Is Shining"James3:10
Side two
2."Black Magic Woman"Green2:46
3."Just the Blues" (with Eddie Boyd)Boyd5:35
4."Jigsaw Puzzle Blues"Danny Kirwan1:33
5."Looking for Somebody"Green2:50
6."Stop Messin' Round"Clifford Adams, Green2:18

2004 release[edit]

1."Need Your Love So Bad – Version No. 2 (Remake)" (Take 4 – complete master version/remix*)John, John Jr.6:55
2."Rambling Pony" (Complete master version/remix*)Green3:32
3."I Believe My Time Ain't Long" (Master version with studio talk/remix*)Robert Johnson3:01
4."The Sun Is Shining"James3:10
6."Black Magic Woman"Green2:51
7."Jigsaw Puzzle Blues"Kirwan1:33
8."Like Crying" (*)Kirwan2:29
9."Need Your Love So Bad – Version No. 1" (Take 1 – false start*, take 2 – incomplete* and take 3*)John, John Jr.11:33
10."Need Your Love So Bad – Version No. 2 (Remake)" (Take 1* and take 2*)John, John Jr.13:06
11."Need Your Love So Bad – Version No. 2 (Remake)" (Take 3*)John, John Jr.6:18
12."Need Your Love So Bad – USA Version" (*)John, John Jr.6:18
* Bonus track


Fleetwood Mac
  • Peter Green – vocals, guitar, harmonica
  • Jeremy Spencer – vocals, slide guitar
  • Danny Kirwan – vocals, electric guitar on side 2, tracks 1 and 4
  • John McVie – bass guitar
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums
Additional musicians
  • Eddie Boyd – vocals, piano on side 1, track 4 and side 2, track 3
Technical staff

2004 release[edit]

Fleetwood Mac
  • Peter Green – vocals except on tracks 3, 4, 5, and 7, guitar except on tracks 3 and 4, harmonica on tracks 2 and 3
  • Jeremy Spencer – vocals on tracks 3 and 4, guitar on tracks 3 and 4, piano on track 4
  • Danny Kirwan – vocals on track 8, guitar on track 5, 7, and 8
  • John McVie – bass guitar except on track 2, 3, and 8
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums except on track 8
  • Bob Brunning – bass guitar on track 3
Additional musicians
Technical staff
  • Mike Vernon – producer
  • Mike Ross – engineer


  1. ^ Gifford, Barry (10 August 1968). "Records". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
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  4. ^ "The 20 Greatest British Blues Albums: 1967 – 1970 - Blues". 2016-07-18. Retrieved 2017-07-02.
  5. ^ "Need Your Love So Bad (Legal Title)". BMI. Archived from the original on 30 January 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2011. Credited on the album to Little Willie John, but in fact written by both brothers.