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killed himself in 2012. It’s hard to eulogise a suicide; beyond sad, utterly devastating.

Welch was a singer/guitarist/songwriter. He had a solo career and was in a band called Paris. But he had also been a member of a band called Fleetwood Mac – and though history seems to have conveniently forgotten about the in-between years when Fleetwood Mac was no longer a blues band but wasn’t quite the band that put the FM in FM radio, Welch was a crucial member of one of the world’s biggest band.

He helped to steer the ship through choppy and uncertain waters.

I first learned about Welch when I watched the documentary, Fleetwood Mac at 21. I’ve watched that film dozens of times; more than I’ve watched any other music documentary. It might be the film I’ve watched the most. Period. I started watching it when I was 10 years old – a fan of the Rumours, Tuskand Mirage albums/eras of the band, it was this doco that got me hooked on the blues-band version of Fleetwood Mac. And hipped me to the in-between years. I wore out a VHS copy of the documentary.

It would be a while before I heard any of the music that the Mac made with Welch but I picked up his key solo albums, 1977’s French Kiss and 1979’s Three Hearts. Imagine putting those out and the band you used to be a member of releases Rumours and Tusk in those respective years. Geez!

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If those albums were buried or forgotten then plenty of people still remember the songs Ebony Eyes and Sentimental Lady (Welch had recorded the latter with Fleetwood Mac in 1972 – he covered his own song five years on making it a solo hit).

Welch was a very good guitar player. He wrote plenty of great songs – and he worked well with Christine McVie, the two sharing the songwriting duties as Fleetwood Mac moved around a lot, stylistically and line-up wise, between 1971 and 1974; a short timeframe during which a lot happened.

Before Buckingham and Nicks ever entered the equation the band was already a soap-opera; various members were fired for drunkenness or conducted sneaky affairs with other band members’ partners. There were battles over the sound and shape of the music – and through this all Welch stepped up and impressed. He was part of a six-piece line-up and part of a four-piece line-up. He had centre-stage at one point; at other times he was just a part of the puzzle.

He coped, as Lindsey Buckingham has had to do also, with covering Peter Green’s key material too.

He was the rhythm guitarist. Then he was the lead guitarist – including one album where he was the only guitar player in the band; a group that had, up until that point, always entertained duelling guitarists – even having three players in the line-up, a huge luxury and a huge sound.

All of the albums that feature Welch – Future Games, Bare Trees, Penguin, Mystery To Me and Heroes Are Hard To Find – contain some great music. They’re overlooked/under-discovered.

So much of that great music feels like it’s been conveniently left out of the Fleetwood Mac story. You can still find those albums of course, you can dial up the clips on YouTube, but unless you knew to look you probably wouldn’t stumble onto them.

Welch was a caretaker of sorts – a night-watchman even. He kept Fleetwood Mac together at a time when the only constant was the rhythm section. He added touches of jazz (certainly in his guitar playing; the phrasing) and moved the band towards a version of soft-rock and pop that, ultimately, would be the band’s great legacy. It’s just that the real success arrived when Welch, burnt out and bored, struggling to keep a marriage together and to get through life, quit the band.

Enter Lindsey Buckingham – bringing with him his girlfriend Stevie. The rest of course is the huge success story of one of the biggest, most enduring pop bands of the 1970s and 1980s.

I love all facets of the Fleetwood Mac saga and story – the music and the mayhem that inspired so much of that music. And I love all versions of the group – the early blues years through to the stadium sell-outs. But albums like Bare Trees and Mystery To Me, Heroes Are Hard To Find and Penguin still offer up surprises.

And Welch was – in so many ways – the glue.

His solo hit Ebony Eyes has endured.

What an awful and sad end for one of rock’s more underrated and sadly undervalued guitarists.

He left a note. He died from a fatal gunshot. He had had spinal surgery and doctors had told him that he would not improve, he did not want to be a burden to his wife.

He was 65.

Welch didn’t want superstardom – and his caretaker role in Fleetwood Mac met his goal of wanting “to be in a good band” and wanting to make the music he loved. He wanted “to travel the world and have adventures”. Fleetwood Mac gave him that opportunity. As did a solo career after he left the band.

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And then Fleetwood Mac refused to acknowledge him when the band was honoured at the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame. Welch had sued his former bandmates over a royalties dispute. In recent days they have told of their love for him and for how crucial his role was in the band. As is the way when someone dies.

It seems a lot harder to eulogise a musician when the death is a suicide.

I still play my French Kiss and Three Hearts LPs often. And I couldn’t be without the Welch-informed version of Fleetwood Mac. Apart from Tusk I listen to the four albums from 1972-1974 (Bare Trees, Penguin, Mystery To Me and Heroes Are Hard To Find) more than I listen to anything else by any of the versions of Fleetwood Mac.

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A very sad end for Bob Welch. Fleetwood Mac had three Bobs in the band – at various points. Bob Brunning, the original bassist, and guitarist/vocalist Bob Weston (who played on Penguin with Welch). All three Bobs have now passed.

But Bob Welch should be remembered for offering so much more than what feels like a bit-part in the revised history.

Live from The Roxy
Live album by
Released10 August 2004
Recorded19 November 1981
GenreRock
Length72:01
LabelBurning Airlines / Renaissance
ProducerBob Welch
Bob Welch chronology
His Fleetwood Mac Years & Beyond
(2003)
Live from The Roxy
(2004)
His Fleetwood Mac Years and Beyond, Vol. 2
(2006)

Live from the Roxy is a live album by the American rock musician Bob Welch, recorded in 1981 and released in 2004. Welch had been a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1971–74, and this album features appearances by many members of that band.[1]

Some releases omit '12 Bar Blues in A', and some incorrectly list 'Remember Me' as 'Don't You Think It's Time'. This track originally featured on Fleetwood Mac's 1973 album Penguin. Other Fleetwood Mac songs included were 'Hypnotized', from Mystery to Me; 'Sentimental Lady' from Bare Trees; 'Rattlesnake Shake' from Then Play On, and 'Gold Dust Woman' from Rumours.

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'Big Towne, 2061' and 'Black Book' were songs by Paris, the band that Welch formed after he left Fleetwood Mac. 'Hot Love, Cold World', 'Outskirts' and 'Ebony Eyes' first appeared on his first solo album French Kiss. 'Precious Love' featured on 1979's Three Hearts, and 'It's What Ya Don't Say', 'Remember', 'Two to Do' and 'Bend Me, Shape Me' were originally released on his 1981 album Bob Welch.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original artistOriginal appearanceTimingNotes
1Precious LoveBob WelchBob WelchThree Hearts (1979)1:51
2Hot Love, Cold WorldBob Welch/John HenningBob WelchFrench Kiss (1977)2:33
3Big Towne, 2061 / Black BookBob WelchParisBig Towne, 2061 (1977)/Paris 19763:53
4HypnotizedBob WelchFleetwood MacMystery to Me (1973)6:56
5Sentimental LadyBob WelchFleetwood MacBare Trees (1972)3:54This version based on solo recording from French Kiss (1977)
6It's What Ya Don't SaySteve DiamondBob WelchBob Welch (1981)3:18
7Bend Me, Shape MeScott English, Larry WeissThe OutsidersIn (1966)3:21Sourced from cover on Bob Welch album
8OutskirtsBob Welch/John CarterBob WelchFrench Kiss (1977)11:35
9Two to DoMichael ClarkBob WelchBob Welch (1981)3:40
10RememberBryan Adams/Jim VallanceBryan AdamsBryan Adams (album) (1980)4:41Sourced from cover on Bob Welch album
11Don't Give It UpRobbie Patton/David AdelsteinRobbie PattonDistant Shores (1981)4:32Sung by Robbie Patton
12Gold Dust WomanStevie NicksFleetwood MacRumours (1977)8:16Sung by Stevie Nicks - Original version postdated Welch's time in Fleetwood Mac
13Ebony EyesBob WelchBob WelchFrench Kiss (1977)5:23
14Remember MeChristine McVieFleetwood MacPenguin (1973)2:47Sung by Christine McVie
15Rattlesnake ShakePeter GreenFleetwood MacThen Play On (1969)6:40Original version predated Welch's time in Fleetwood Mac but was frequently performed during his time in the band. Running time for Rattlesnake Shake is only 5:07, rest of track is the beginning of 12 Bar Blues in A on all current downloadable versions.
1612 Bar Blues in ABob WelchBob WelchThis album7:49Not included on all pressings

Credits[edit]

  • Bob Welch – vocals, guitar
  • Stevie Nicks – vocals, tambourine (on 12, 13 & 15)
  • Robbie Patton – vocals (on 11)
  • Ann Wilson – vocals (on 16)
  • Joey Brasler – guitar
  • Bob Weston – guitar (on 14)
  • Christine McVie – vocals, keyboards (on 4, 5, 11, 14, 15 & 16)
  • David Adelstein – keyboards
  • Robin Sylvester – bass guitar
  • John McVie – bass guitar (on 4)
  • Mick Fleetwood – drums, percussion (on 4, 5, 12, 15 & 16)
  • Carmine Appice – drums (on 8 & 16)
  • Alvin Taylor – drums, percussion
  • Howard Leese - guitar (on 16)
  • Mark Stein - keyboards (on 16)

Production[edit]

Produced by Bob Welch

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References[edit]

  1. ^'Bob Welch Live From the Roxy'. discogs.com. Retrieved 21 July 2011.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)


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