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Babys, The – Union Jacks


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

Produced by: Keith Olsen
Engineered by: Keith Olsen, Chris Minto
Mixed by : tbd
Remastered by: Jon Astley

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“ALTHOUGH THEY were from the UK, the Babys had – at the behest of their record label – relocated to the US, for their second album onwards, where their bluesy hard rock had found a fervant audience. Indeed, at a time when punk rock was all the rage in the UK, the band were dismissed in their own country as being irrelevant, out of time and out of fashion. However, US airwaves were still resolutely supportive of classic British rock propelling the Babys to success, which included two bonafide hit singles; ‘Isn’t It Time’ and ‘Everytime I Think Of You’. ‘Union Jacks’, their fourth album, issued in 1980 and produced by Keith Olsen (Foreigner, Whitesnake etc), heralded a change to not only their sound but also their line-up. Introducing keyboardist Jonathan Cain (later to join Journey and Bad English) and bassist Ricky Phillips (also a future member of Bad English) to the fold, the band tweaked their style, introducing a punchier and dynamic edge. In addition, both of the new members collaborated with song writing, which helped to propel the band into a new, almost more modern, era but that is not to say they left their rockin’ shoes at home. Far from it. Stuffed full of tough-guy riffs, and brilliantly emotive vocals from John Waite, the album oozes sophistication but retains a rough-hewn urgency that keeps the energy firmly in the red zone. The album birthed yet another top thirty US hit single, the anthemic ‘Back On My Feet Again’, cementing the Babys reputation as one of the greatest melodic hard rock bands of the period.”

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) Includes ‘Back On My Feet Again’ & ‘True Love True Confession’
6) Features future Bad English and Journey members

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