American musician Bob Welch was better known by other songs but Hypnotized with it’s dreamy, smooth vocals happens to be my favorite tune by him. I was hooked the first time that it came on the radio back in the 70’s. With the opening dream sequence lyrics:
“It’s the same kind of story
That seems to come down from long ago
Two friends having coffee together
When something flies by their window
It might be out on that lawn
Which is wide, at least half of a playing field
Because there’s no explaining what your imagination”
After Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer left the group Fleetwood Mac decided to go into a different music direction (no more blues style but to a more radio friendly music) by hiring Welch and former Chicken Shack singer Christine McVie, who was known by her maiden name Christine Perfect while with The Shack.
The one constant through out all of Fleetwood Mac’s lineups has always been the rhythm section of drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John “Mac” McVie. Their talent has always been at the core of all Mac songs so this music style change was nothing to the two of them.
We move forward to the third album Mystery to Me by this lineup to find our song Hypnotized. Recorded using the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, Mystery to Me was released in 1973.
“Hypnotized” was written by Bob Welch. Mick’s symbol and snare drum beat at the beginning sets the song off just right. It makes you fill like your about to fall into your dream state. Then Bob Weston gives us a string hear and there of his electric guitar while Bob starts strumming the Acoustic. Then Welch starts singing us along this magical dream world while the rest of the band just keep it going with that mellow beat. Bob Weston’s guitar playing to me completes the whole tune. The way he just plays a few notes here and there. It reminds me of when you go see somebody at a concert and a fellow player comes out for a tune or two and they pick their spots to play a few beautiful notes.