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Babys, The – On The Edge


John Waite (vocals)
Wally Stocker (guitar)
Ricky Phillips (bass)
Jonathan Cain (keyboards, gutiar, vocals)
Tony Brock (drums)

Produced by: Keith Olsen
Engineered by: tbd
Mixed by : tbd
Mastered by: Jon Astley

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“THE BABYS fifth, and final, album was conceived and executed in an atmosphere of confusion and fatigue. And the fact that it still managed to feature numbers that would be able to muscle their way into any fan’s top twenty Babys tunes is testament to many things. Tenacity, for sure. Bloody-mindedness, certainly. But maybe more than anything, the best moments of ‘On The Edge’ pay tribute to the group’s inherent musicality, and the uncanny way that vocalist John Waite has of pulling unforgettable melodies seemingly from out of nowhere and then imbuing them with a deep sense of raw emotion. Apart from the music, however, the band was beginning to implode. Chrysalis had gone through an organisational restructure, inter band relationships were at breaking point, Jonathan Cain was about to jump ship and join tour headliners Journey and, at a fateful gig in Cincinnati, John Waite severely injured his knee, forcing the band to cancel all live work. At that point it was all over bar the crying. Produced, once again, by Keith Olsen (Foreigner, Preview, Fleetwood Mac etc) and recorded in Los Angeles, ‘OTE’ contains ten slices of top class melodic hard rock, with all the accoutrements that you might reasonably expect from such a seasoned band – from lean and mean hard rock to more melodic faire and all points in between. A sad end, then, to a magnificent career, but at least they went out in style with ‘OTE’ being an essential and fitting finale.

1) Special Collector’s Edition
2) Remastered – Sound shaped from 24 but digital via POW-r technology
3) 12 page full colour booklet – Original and enhanced artwork with memorabilia
4) 4,000 Word essay on the making of the album including new interview with John
5) Features future Bad English and Journey members
5) Includes ‘Turn & Walk Away’ & ‘She’s My Girl’.

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