‘French Kiss’ is the solo debut by former Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist Bob Welch. The songs, with the exception of “Sentimental Lady”, were intended for a projected third album by Welch’s previous band, Paris. However, the group fell apart in 1977 before recording could begin. So instead, Welch used these songs for his debut solo album.
For the most part, French Kiss presents a mix of hard rock guitar, disco-ish rhythms and sweeping strings. The big hits were ‘Ebony Eyes’ (with backing vocals by Juice Newton), which peaked at number 14 in the US; and a revised version of ‘Sentimental Lady’, a song that Welch had originally recorded with Fleetwood Mac in 1972 for the album Bare Trees, which peaked at number 8. “Hot Love, Cold World” also became a minor hit, which peaked at number 31.
The album itself peaked at number 12 in the US and later went platinum. It is Welch’s best-selling album.
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