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The Best of Bob Welch

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This 16-track anthology ranges from '76 (when Bob's ex-Fleetwood Mac mates were recording Rumours ) to a gem of a 1991 demo, Don't Stop . In between: his hits Sentimental Lady; Ebony Eyes; Hot Love, Cold World; Precious Love , and Church ; his versions of Future Games; Rebel Rouser , and more!


1. Black Book
2. Bif Towne, 2061
3. Heart Of Stone
4. Blue Robin
5. Sentimental Lady
6. Hot Love, Cold World
7. Ebony Eyes
8. Precious Love
9. Church
10. The Ghost Of Flight 401
11. Don't Wait Too Long
12. Future Games
13. Rebel Rouser
14. Man Overboard
15. B666
16. Don't Stop

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 19, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032ID
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,060 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. Collins on December 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Leave it to Rhino Records to produce a "Best Of" that actually tries to cover all the bases, AND provides accurate annotation/liner notes. Though Welch hit the million-selling mark with his album "French Kiss" and produced a handful of Top 40 singles, his career as a successful solo artist was short-lived. The Fleetwood Mac association (including the terrific Lindsey Buckingham arrangement of "Sentimental Lady" and a small assortment of vocal guest spots from the Big Mac) didn't "define" Welch's solo catalog, though it did give him a big push in the music market. The tracks in this Rhino collection span '76 through '91, and give a well-rounded look at Welch as a composer, performer, and Pop "presence."
Welch's first music foray in the post F.M. years was Paris, a power/metal trio that included bassist Glenn Cornick from Jethro Tull, and Hunt (son of Soupy) Sales who went on to join David Bowie's Tin Machine. Though Paris was treading familiar (and somewhat trendy) musical ground at the time, their first (self-titled) album was a murky mess that produced no hits. The followup, "Big Towne 2061" was a measurable improvement, both musically and lyrically, but the album didn't click with listeners. Paris disbanded, but Welch (still under contract to Capitol Records) perservered as a solo artist.
This "Best of" includes four of Paris' better offerings as a prologue to Welch's solo material. Stylistically, the Paris cuts pale next to Welch's rock-solid solo tunes, but their inclusion is nonetheless welcome as neither "Paris" or "Big Towne 2061" ever made it to official CD re-releases.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By musicfanatic on April 12, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I must admit, I got this CD, mainly for the songs "Sentimental Lady", "Ebony Eyes" and "Precious Love". I discovered that there is so much more to Bob Welch that those three songs, I was pleasantly impressed with all of the songs! Bob Welch has so many different styles and he is very versatile. Just my opinion, but I think he sounds just a bit like Glenn Frey, of The Eagles. Anyway, I would recommend this CD to any serious music lover, it is impressive.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Matt on September 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
For those who are looking for just the big hits, this CD does the job. Bob Welch was an artist of many styles, from hard driving rock music one moment, to mellow ballads the next. This disc represents mostly his Capitol / EMI Records output, which may leave die-hard Welch fans longing for more. As hard as Rhino tried, it's tough to represent an artist of many music styles to one CD.
The disc starts us off with 4 selections from Welch's failed hard rock band "Paris", however, this is the only CD I know of where you can get anything of Paris' material, since both their albums are out of print. Overall not bad, but not the pinnacle of Bob's career either.
Next the big hits came with "French Kiss" & "Three Hearts" which make up the bulk of hit material here. Leading off with the Lindsay Buckingham re-arrangement of "Sentimental Lady", which is the longest running of the 3 or so versions of this song on CD. Also featured is the big hit from 'Three Hearts', "Precious Love"....which has that underlying disco beat to it. Other noteable cuts from this CD include "Ebony Eyes", "Ghost of Flight 401", and "Church".
Finally we come to the last half of the disc, which is really spotty. These tracks come from the 2 most interesting albums in Welch's Capitol output.."The Other One" and "Man Overboard". Because there were no 'hits' off these 2 albums, I'm sure Rhino had a tough time picking and choosing tracks to put on this CD. This is why I docked off a perfect 5 stars for 4....These albums could and should have been represented better. Had this been a 2-disc compilation, that would have been possible.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David Pearlman TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 7, 2012
Format: Audio CD
There are, as of this writing, four Bob Welch "best of" albums easily available:

This one: Bob Welch: Best of Bob Welch (Rhino)
Bob Welch: Greatest Hits
Bob Welch: Greatest Hits and More
Bob Welch: His Fleetwood Mac Years and Beyond Two

This one Bob Welch: Best of Bob Welch (Rhino) is the only one worth getting. It contains a pretty good survey of the material he recorded for Capitol, both with Paris (the group he formed after Fleetwood Mac and before going solo) and under his own name--including all the hits of this era, as well as well-selected album tracks. It does not contain the material he recorded for RCA (mostly inferior anyway) or the scattered material he recorded after that.

Bob Welch: Greatest Hits is a 10 track collection on Curb Records. It has the big hits from the Capitol era, plus other poorly selected tracks to bring the number of songs up to 10. This release is typical of Curb: Chintzy and not well compiled. Avoid this.

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