French Kiss (Bob Welch album)
|French Kiss (album)|
|Studio album by Bob Welch|
|Released||16 September 1977|
|Genre||Rock, Power Pop|
|Bob Welch chronology|
French Kiss is the solo debut by former Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist Bob Welch. The songs, with the exception of "Sentimental Lady", were intended for a projected third album by Welch's previous band, Paris. However, the group fell apart in 1977 before recording could begin. So instead, Welch used these songs for his debut solo album.
For the most part, French Kiss presents a mix of hard rock guitar, disco-ish rhythms and sweeping strings. The big hits were "Ebony Eyes" (with backing vocals by Juice Newton), which peaked at #14 in the US, and a revised version of "Sentimental Lady", which peaked at #8, a song that Welch had originally recorded with Fleetwood Mac in 1972, for the album Bare Trees. "Hot Love, Cold World" also became a minor hit, which peaked at #31.
The album itself peaked at #12 in the US and later went platinum. It is currently Welch's best-selling album.
All songs written by Bob Welch, except where noted.
- "Sentimental Lady" - 2:52
- "Easy to Fall" - 3:31
- "Hot Love, Cold World" (Bob Welch, John Henning) - 3:39
- "Mystery Train" - 3:07
- "Lose My Heart" - 1:55
- "Outskirts" (Bob Welch, John Carter) - 3:19
- "Ebony Eyes" - 3:33
- "Lose Your..." - 0:45
- "Carolene" - 3:13
- "Dancin' Eyes" - 3:20
- "Danchiva" - 3:51
- "Lose Your Heart" - 3:16
- Bob Welch - vocals, guitar, bass guitar
- Alvin Taylor - drums (except "Sentimental Lady")
- Mick Fleetwood - drums on "Sentimental Lady"
- Christine McVie - background vocals on "Sentimental Lady", "Easy To Fall" and "Lose Your Heart"
- Lindsey Buckingham - guitar and background vocals on "Sentimental Lady"
- Gene Page - string arrangements
- Juice Newton - background vocals on "Ebony Eyes"
Produced by John Carter except "Sentimental Lady" by Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie