Bob Welch, composer,arranger,guitarist and vocalist,the man who took over the good ship Fleetwood Mac and over the course of five albums steered them away from the deep blues sea they had been sailing in and set a course for the shallower waters of Americas west coast,laying the ground for Buckingham and Nicks to take over and the rest as they say is history. For his first project after leaving the Mac he formed trio Paris along with ex Jethro Tull aluminus Glen Cornick on Bass and ex Nazz drummer Thom Mooney, the latter being replaced by Hunt Sayles for second and final album Big Towne 2061. Ironically for a man who had taken the Mac in a more West Coast direction [his ethereal dreamlike tones punctuating a lot of the songs, check out Hypnotised from Mystery To Me]for this first Paris album he strapped on his Les Paul and became Jimmy Page and Robert Plant rolled into one. Coming out the same year as Physical Graffiti most of the songs on this album wouldn't sound out of place on that LP. If this album were to be released now by a so called rock supergroup it would be getting rave reviews. In my opinion 2nd and final album Big Towne 2061 is even better, being a lot more varied in its approach, the Plant and Pagisms are gone and it sports a great production giving the music and Welchs voice a slightly haunted and mystical quality throughout. Sadly Bob Welch is no longer with us and hopfully he now might start to get a little more recognition for his own solo work as well as his significant contribution towards the evolution of Fleetwood Mac.
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humm i have the bgo remasters and i don't like to have 2 on 1 cd,i love single titles so i usually sell the bgo to buy single cds but usually the remastering job done by bgo is very good,so all the reviews from amazon.com said the worst of the remaster,i think i will stay with bgo..... some titles from rock candy are awful remastered by andy pearce....is the same who did in angel titles? sure not jon astley-the best