- Audio CD (November 19, 1991)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Rhino
- ASIN: B0000032ID
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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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!
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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.
Bob Welch: Greatest Hits and More and the followup, Bob Welch: His Fleetwood Mac Years and Beyond Two are ALL RE-RECORDINGS or live versions done very late in the game. They aren't bad re-recordings, and some of the live material is interesting, but if you are familiar with the originals you will not be impressed by the re-recordings. Welch asserted these recordings were of higher fidelity due to more modern technology--and maybe that's true. But they aren't as good, typical of re-recordings. Serious fans will probably want these CDs for completeness, but unless you already have all the original Capitol solo material and the Welch era Fleetwood Mac albums, you can skip them.
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. Welch's "essential" hits (tracks 5-9) appear on a Curb Records "Greatest Hits" as well, but this CD includes an appropriate selection of 'near misses' ("Rebel Rouser," "Future Games") and significant album tracks. While not a definitive career retrospective (no Welch compositions from the original F.M. albums and zero cuts from his two RCA Records solo offerings), this "Best Of" is an excellent sampler likely to satisfy longtime fans as well as new listeners. Music lovers in the latter category would do well to purchase one or both of the Demon Records "2fer" discs that are available as import selections here at Amazon. The discs that combine "French Kiss" with "Three Hearts," and also "The Other One"/"Man Overboard" will give fans new and old the very best of Welch's solo output, and keep his hits in their proper context.