Friday, December 14, 2012

The Babys...two albums

The Babys. Perhaps a pre-super group?  They had some great albums and some killer songs.  My favorite of which is called Isn't it Time.  From 977, it was on album called Broken Heart.  The song was not written by any member/s of the group but by a bass guitarist Jack Conrad along with Ray Kennedy.  The song has a keen, and unique for the day, piano introduction by Michael Corby which moves into an opening vocal performance by lead singer John Waite.   Added to the song are the vocals backings of the three Babettes, a specially selected group of singers, (Lisa Freeman Roberts, Pat Henderson, Myrna Mathews), balance the tone of the song, as the main character in the song "just can't find the answers to the questions that keep going through my mind" and perhaps considering "losing this love could be your mistake."   The song was produced by Ron Nevison.   Also - during their heyday, The Babys were somewhat overshadowed by other Chrysalis artists BlondiePat Benatar, and Leo Sayer.  The 1976–1978 Babys line-up consisted of keyboardist/guitarist Michael Corby, vocalist/bassist John Waite, drummer Tony Brock and guitarist Wally Stocker.  After Corby was unexpectedly sacked by Chrysalis in August 1978, a replacement was sought and the company brought in two musicians: Jonathan Cain (later with Journey) as keyboardist and Ricky Phillips to take over as bassist.  From 1979 until the final breakup in 1981, The Babys line-up consisted of vocalist Waite, drummer Brock, bassist Phillips, guitarist Stocker, and keyboardist Cain.  Waite went on to produce a major solo hit, "Missing You", in 1984.  Stocker and Brock worked with Rod Stewart and other mainstream artists including Elton John and Air Supply.  Phillips currently plays for Styx.

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