Welcome Back (John Sebastian album)

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Welcome Back
Studio album by
Released19 April 1976
GenrePop, rock
ProducerSteve Barri, John Sebastian
John Sebastian chronology
Tarzana Kid
Welcome Back
Tar Beach

Welcome Back is an album by American singer/songwriter John Sebastian, released in 1976 (see 1976 in music). It reached number 79 on The Billboard 200 chart. Two singles were released from the album with the title song "Welcome Back" reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts. It also reached number 93 on the Country Singles chart. The second single, "Hideaway" peaked at number 95 on the Billboard Hot 100.


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.[1] It would be seventeen years before Sebastian's next studio album was released.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

In his retrospective Allmusic review, critic William Ruhlmann called Welcome Back "…an uneven collection filled out with a near-instrumental ("Let This Be Our Time to Get Along"), a folk-blues song he'd written in the early '60s ("Warm Baby"), and a remake of one of his old Lovin' Spoonful songs ("Didn't Wanna Have to Do It"). The new material tended to be craftsman-like pop songs, the melodies simple and catchy, the lyrics light verse."[1]


Welcome Back was reissued on CD in 2004 by Vivid Sound, in 2007 by Collectors' Choice Music and in 2008 by Rhino Entertainment.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by John Sebastian unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Hideaway" – 2:55
  2. "She's Funny" – 3:34
  3. "You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine" – 2:57
  4. "Didn't Wanna Have to Do It" – 3:22
  5. "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back" (Sebastian, Tom Springfield) – 4:36
  6. "Welcome Back" – 2:51
  7. "I Needed Her Most When I Told Her to Go" – 2:56
  8. "A Song a Day in Nashville" – 4:00
  9. "Warm Baby" – 2:34
  10. "Let This Be Our Time to Get Along" – 3:10



Year Chart Position
1976 Billboard 200 79


  1. ^ a b c Ruhlmann, William. "Welcome Back > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved November 19, 2010.