Head West — “Some Day”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — December 29, 2022


685) Head West — “Some Day

A sinuous/funky/jazzy rock song by a future member of Fleetwood Mac. Vernon Joynson says the song’s “vocals have a haunting quality and the song . . . has a certain charm”. (The Tapestry of Delights Revisited) It’s highly reminiscent of Manfred Mann Chapter III.

Wita Records hails the LP:

Head West, a trio as explosive as it was short-lived, recorded in 1970 a digest of soul, funk and psychedelic rock, a la Sky Stone . . . . [They] brilliantly recorded this fantastic blend . . . characteristic of the late 1960s, a musical fusion in which Sly and Family Stone were the masters. The record is remarkable for the quality of the production, for the magnificent soulful vocal harmonies, supported by the wild roar of Robert Hunt’s Hammond organ. But it was certainly Henry Moore’s heavy breakbeats and solid grooves that . . . the advent of sampling, gave this album a second life. Many artists and producers have recycled the drum parts with their formidable sound and efficiency. . . . Head West was born from the ashes of the Los Angeles soul band the Seven Souls . . . . [and] record[ed] this one and only record and a few singles. . . . Recorded in France in 1970 for Vogue records, these tracks are also a French production . . . .


Welch told People Magazine that his stay in Paris from ‘69-‘71 were spent “living on rice and beans and sleeping on the floor.” (https://www.westcoast.dk/artists/w/bob-welch/)

Bret Adams gives us Welch’s post-West history:

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Bob Welch enjoyed a brief streak of mainstream success in the late ’70s after a four-year, pre-phenomenon stint in Fleetwood Mac. In 1971, Welch replaced Jeremy Spencer . . . . Welch’s finest Fleetwood Mac moment was the dreamily jazzy “Hypnotized” on Mystery to Me. Welch was asked to stay despite the addition of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, but he departed and formed a hard rock trio called Paris. The band . . . released two poorly received albums in 1976. Welch then decided to craft blatantly commercial pop music, and he succeeded with 1977’s French Kiss, which went platinum and featured the hit singles “Sentimental Lady” . . . and “Ebony Eyes.” . . . Welch released . . . more albums through 1983, but sales steadily declined. . . . In 1994, he filed a lawsuit claiming he was underpaid royalties during his tenure. The case was settled out of court, but Welch says Fleetwood Mac retaliated by having him excluded from the band’s 1998 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.


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