Recorded at Focus 27, NY
This recording (P) and (C) 2006 by Bob Welch. All other copyrights are property of their respective holders, as noted.
Some of the recordings on this compact disc are new recordings by Bob Welch of song he performed while a member of Fleetwood Mac, and during his solo career.
All new digital recordings and re-recordings.
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I love mixing the old and the new. That's why I love this studio - Focus 27. Imagine a state of the art digital recording facility in the midst of a gothic cathedral. What an inspiring atmosphere! Of course, it's faux-gothic.......but so what ;-)"
Head In The Clouds:
My whole adult life has been music. The ONLY “real” clock punching job I’ve ever had was two summers in high school when I wore a straw hat and sold juice bars from an ice cream wagon at Disneyland. Is this lucky or what? And there are a lot of people who maybe played in a band for a while.....but their ex-band didn’t go on to be one of the top bands of their era....like Fleetwood Mac did. Again, how lucky is that? I’m a member of a very small club of members or ex-members of bands whose names are known around the world AND who have sold millions of albums. If you really tried to quantify it, there’s maybe what, three or four hundred of us at most....if it’s even that large a number. It’s longer odds than being struck by lightning to not only make your living by making music, but to do well at it.
When I was younger I sort of just took all of this for granted, but as I get older, I realize what a series of chance coincidences had to happen for me to be where I am. And in that regard I must dedicate this CD to two people; to my wife Wendy, who has stood by me through all my artistic eccentricities for over 20 years and to Judy Wong, who died in 2005, and who was the person who essentially recommended me to Fleetwood Mac in 1971 when they were looking for a guitar player. Rest in peace, Judy. (Although I believe that an “afterlife” consciousness is MUCH more active than just “resting” ;-)
This is the second project (although on different labels) that I’ve done with Executive Producer Eddie Wilner. Sure, I’d love to gain new listeners or “fans” of my music today, but it’s the “old fans" (I don’t mean old in years) like Eddie who really keep me going. Eddie knows every detail of my recorded history. For this collection, I sent him 33 pieces of material and he picked 12.
On one of those 12, (not gonna’ say whch one) Eddie kept hearing something “wrong” or ....just not right. I’d go back and re-do it and re-send him the song...and still...”not quite right” he says. I finally broke down and listened to the original release of this particular song (there are several remakes on this album). Damned if I hadn’t completely ommitted an entire guitar part from my new version! It took Eddie to point it out to me, and I wrote the song! That’s a REAL fan!
And so let me say thank you to all my “real” fans....I hope you enjoy this “old” and new music as much as I enjoyed making it!.......Bob Welch