Following the commercial failure of his 1974 album Tarzana Kid, Sebastian owed one more record on his contract with Reprise Records. When his theme song for the television series Welcome Back, Kotter became a hit, Reprise wanted an LP to capitalize on the song's success. With his contract fulfilled, Reprise dropped him from the label. It would be seventeen years before Sebastian's next studio album was released.
In his Allmusic review, critic William Ruhlmann called Welcome Back "…an uneven collection filled out with a near-instrumental, a folk-blues song he'd written in the early '60s, and a remake of one of his old Lovin' Spoonful songs. The new material tended to be craftsman-like pop songs, the melodies simple and catchy, the lyrics light verse."