Bob Weston: photo gallery
These were taken around the time "Mystery To Me" and "Penguin" were recorded. The band were living in a large house in Sussex called "Benifolds", and recording using the Stones' mobile, parked outside.
|L-R: Bob Welch; Christine McVie; John McVie; Mick Fleetwood; Bob Weston.|
|Bob in the "studio" (part of the house). Note the guitar, a Gibson Les Paul modified for 3 pickups, which Bob owns and cherishes to this day (see below).|
These are noteworthy in that, being Polaroids, they are unique and have never been published before, despite their vintage.
|The band outside "Benifolds". The little girl is Amy, Mick's daughter, who we understand is now all grown-up with children of her own.|
|This shot will be of interest to those familiar with the inside cover of "Mystery To Me". This was photographer Clive Arrowsmith's proof just prior to taking the final shots on a large-format camera. It shows that the session was staged in a loft room at Benifolds; the "Mystery To Me" cover print is very closely cropped and provides no such contextual clues.|
Bob supplied much of the acoustic guitar work to Murray's seminal "Say It Ain't So" album, recorded in 1975. Bob also helped out with Murray's album "Between Us" (issued in 1979 and re-issued in 1985).
|The fellas enjoying a cuppa in the Kings Road, London. The print has been annotated to reflect the highly intellectual conversation they were clearly having at the time...|
George Hurrell (1904-1992) was a celebrated Hollywood portrait photographer (for more data visit his website or try a web search - you'll find plenty of references). These pictures were taken while Bob was working on Robbie Patton's "Distant Shores" album, which Christine McVie was producing.
The collection of which this is an extract was shot on Hove beach in the late afternoon of Saturday 27 November 1999, primarily for the "There's a Heaven" CD cover. We'd met Fin just the previous evening... he works fast! Note the guitar: it's that Benifolds 3-pickup Les Paul again.
Fin is a well-known rock photographer with a long and distinguished career. Visit his website for more data and more examples of his work.
© Fin Costello 1999