Welcome Back (John Sebastian album)
|Studio album by|
|Released||19 April 1976|
|Producer||Steve Barri, John Sebastian|
|John Sebastian chronology|
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. It would be seventeen years before Sebastian's next studio album was released.
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."
All songs written by John Sebastian unless otherwise noted.
- "Hideaway" – 2:55
- "She's Funny" – 3:34
- "You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine" – 2:57
- "Didn't Wanna Have to Do It" – 3:22
- "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back" (Sebastian, Tom Springfield) – 4:36
- "Welcome Back" – 2:51
- "I Needed Her Most When I Told Her to Go" – 2:56
- "A Song a Day in Nashville" – 4:00
- "Warm Baby" – 2:34
- "Let This Be Our Time to Get Along" – 3:10
- John Sebastian – vocals, guitar, harmonica, autoharp, piano
- David Hungate – bass
- Richard Bell – piano, clavinet
- Jeff Porcaro – drums
- Jeff "Skunk" Baxter – pedal steel guitar