16 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Bob Welch records an album of covers, he infuses them with his signature style and makes them his own. But with Sings the Best Songs Ever Written the former Fleetwood Mac member also walks the listener through the annals of his record collection, revealing a classic, timeless taste in music. Welch gives a buttery-smooth '70s soft-rock gloss to Burt Bacharach’s 1965 hit “Alfie,” while keeping things sounding fresh with modern production. Bobby Troup’s archetypal R&B standard “Route 66” follows, with a jazzy approach on par with Georgie Fame before flip-flopping and infusing George Gershwin’s jazz standard “Our Love Is Here to Stay” with bluesy guitar leads and a swinging rhythm section. With Vernon Duke’s 1934 standard “Autumn in New York,” Welch’s heartfelt vocal performance really channels the cold snap of The Big Apple’s most colorful season. He similarly invokes all the romantic sentiments from the title track to the 1957 film Wild Is the Wind.

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Bob Welch records an album of covers, he infuses them with his signature style and makes them his own. But with Sings the Best Songs Ever Written the former Fleetwood Mac member also walks the listener through the annals of his record collection, revealing a classic, timeless taste in music. Welch gives a buttery-smooth '70s soft-rock gloss to Burt Bacharach’s 1965 hit “Alfie,” while keeping things sounding fresh with modern production. Bobby Troup’s archetypal R&B standard “Route 66” follows, with a jazzy approach on par with Georgie Fame before flip-flopping and infusing George Gershwin’s jazz standard “Our Love Is Here to Stay” with bluesy guitar leads and a swinging rhythm section. With Vernon Duke’s 1934 standard “Autumn in New York,” Welch’s heartfelt vocal performance really channels the cold snap of The Big Apple’s most colorful season. He similarly invokes all the romantic sentiments from the title track to the 1957 film Wild Is the Wind.

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About Bob Welch

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Bob Welch enjoyed a brief streak of mainstream success in the late '70s after a four-year, pre-phenomenon stint in Fleetwood Mac. In 1971, Welch replaced Jeremy Spencer and stayed for the albums Future Games (1971), Bare Trees (1972), Penguin (1973), Mystery to Me (1973), and Heroes Are Hard to Find (1974). Welch's finest Fleetwood Mac moment was the dreamily jazzy "Hypnotized" on Mystery to Me.

Welch was asked to stay despite the addition of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, but he departed and formed a hard rock trio called Paris. The band -- which included former Jethro Tull bass guitarist Glenn Cornick, former Nazz drummer Thom Mooney, and then future Tin Machine drummer Hunt Sales -- released two poorly received albums in 1976. Welch then decided to craft blatantly commercial pop music, and he succeeded with 1977's French Kiss, which went platinum and featured the hit singles "Sentimental Lady" (a re-recording of the Bare Trees cut) and "Ebony Eyes."

Released in 1979, Three Hearts largely repeated the formula, but it only went gold; the single "Precious Love" hit the Top 40. Both albums featured guest appearances by Fleetwood Mac members. Welch released four more albums through 1983, but sales steadily declined.

By 1987, Welch had moved to Phoenix, Arizona and formed Avenue M. In the late '90s, he pursued a songwriting career in Nashville, Tennessee. Welch also publicly clashed with his former Fleetwood Mac bandmates. In 1994, he filed a lawsuit claiming he was underpaid royalties during his tenure. The case was settled out of court, but Welch says Fleetwood Mac retaliated by having him excluded from the band's 1998 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Welch was the only early member not honored. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home in Nashville on June 7, 2012; Bob Welch was 65 years old. ~ Bret Adams

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • BORN
    July 31, 1946

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