French Kiss (Bob Welch album)

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French Kiss
Bob Welch - French Kiss.jpg
Studio album by
Released16 September 1977
StudioSunset Sound, Village Recorders, Cherokee Studios and Producer's Workshop, Los Angeles
GenreRock, power Pop
ProducerCarter (except track 1, which was produced by Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie)
Bob Welch chronology
Big Towne, 2061
French Kiss
Three Hearts
Singles from French Kiss
  1. "Sentimental Lady"
    Released: October, 1977
  2. "Ebony Eyes"
    Released: January, 1978
  3. "Hot Love, Cold World"
    Released: May, 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauC+ [2]

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 number 14 in the US; and a revised version of "Sentimental Lady", a song that Welch had originally recorded with Fleetwood Mac in 1972 for the album Bare Trees, which peaked at number 8. "Hot Love, Cold World" also became a minor hit, which peaked at number 31.[3]

The album itself peaked at number 12 in the US and later went platinum. It is Welch's best-selling album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bob Welch, except where noted.

Side one
1."Sentimental Lady" 2:52
2."Easy to Fall" 3:31
3."Hot Love, Cold World"Bob Welch, John Henning3:39
4."Mystery Train" 3:07
5."Lose My Heart" 1:55
6."Outskirts"Bob Welch, John Carter3:19
Side two
1."Ebony Eyes" (backing vocals by Juice Newton)3:33
2."Lose Your..."0:45
4."Dancin' Eyes"3:20
6."Lose Your Heart"3:16





Chart (1977–78) Position
US Billboard 200[4] 12
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[5] 13


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[6] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ French Kiss at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Bob Welch". Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  3. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 - Bob Welch". Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  4. ^ Retrieved 11 February 2018
  5. ^ Retrieved 5 May 2018
  6. ^ "American album certifications – Bob Welch – French Kiss". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 11 February 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.