When I heard about the death of Bob Welch yesterday, I went to check Spotify to make sure the recordings he did with Fleetwood Mac -- including the luminous Bare Trees and Hereos are Hard To Find -- were available. Nope!
Then, since Spotify has such a deep catalog, I searched for a group Welch led briefly in the mid '70s -- Paris. They issued two albums on Capitol, and disappeared when Welch dove into his solo career. The second Paris project, Big Towne 2061, offers a series of effusive, tartly-harmonized refrains (sung by Welch with extra reverb) set against terse guitar patterns. It's hardly groundbreaking stuff but it's pretty wonderful throughout. I hear Paris as an influence on the Police, the Cure and other '80s acts. Spotify came up empty again, so here's the www.allmusic.com entry for Paris.
These records, the work of a true pop craftsman, are all worth seeking out.
#1 from Rob Ardura, Richmond,Va - 06/09/2012 12:44
Hey man, I found this website called Grooveshark. It has the two Fleetwood Mac CDS that you mentioned above.