Grand Slam: Best Of (can) CD (2007)

Artist: Babe Ruth

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Label Caroline Records/emi
SKU 63822408
UPC 724354284427
UPC 14 00724354284427
Format CD
Release Date 10/23/2007
Author Babe Ruth
Technical Info
Engineer Chris Lawson; David Tickle; Kete Go; John Iles; Ashley Howe; Tony Clark
Producer Nick Mobbs; Alan Shacklock; Steve Rowland
CatalogID 5428442
Lable Name EMI Music Distribution
Released 02/16/2004
Original Release 1995
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 77m : 3s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724354284427
Album Notes and Credits
This best of collection by '70s prog hard rockers Babe Ruth includes 16 tracks and features "Wells Fargo," "Mexican," and "Doctor Love."
Personnel: Alan Shacklock (vocals, guitar, Mellotron, Moog synthesizer); Janita Haan (vocals); Steve Gregory (flute, tenor saxophone); Brent Carter (tenor saxophone); Bud Beadle (baritone saxophone); Ron Carthy (trumpet); Ray Harris (flugelhorn); Dave Punshon (grand piano, electric piano); Chris Holmes (Fender Rhodes piano); Steve Girl (harmonium, keyboards); David Hewitt (electric bass); Dick Powell, Ed Spevock (drums, percussion); Angelito Perez (congas, cowbells, timbales); Gaspar Lawal (congas, percussion).
Audio Mixer: David Tickle.
Liner Note Author: Alan Shacklock.
Recording information: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (06/1972-??/1975); Lansdown & Chappell Studios, London, England (06/1972-??/1975).
Photographer: Gered Mankowitz.
Arranger: Llobet.
Grand Slam is a worthwhile compilation made up of tracks from Babe Ruth's first three albums, which represent the band's best material. All the tunes on this hits package showcase Babe Ruth's energetic, hard-rockin' progressive style, with a dynamic tinge of free-flowing jazz fusion that evolves from Steve Gregory's tenor sax and flute playing. The set takes seven tracks from 1974's Amar Caballero album, five from their debut, and four from 1975's self-titled album, spotlighting Janita Hahn's burly but emphatic vocals. Even though Alan Shacklock's Mellotron and Hammond organ give the music a certain progressive flair, it's actually the commingling of the guitars and percussion work that gives the bulk of the songs their edginess and rock depth. Cuts such as "The Mexican," "Doctor Love," and "Broken Cloud" are some of the band's sharpest, while the flitting and wavering of the trumpet, flgelhorn, and even the violin add some appreciated brilliance to some of the heavier pieces. The tracks from the Babe Ruth album, especially "Jack O'Lantern" and "Fistful of Dollars," show a casual drift toward a rockier future, which was confirmed on later (and weaker) releases like Stealin' Home and Kids Stuff from the mid-'70s. Although First Base makes for a solid listen, Grand Slam is the most opportune route to experience the best part of Babe Ruth's jazz-infused rock at one sitting. ~ Mike DeGagne
Disc 1
1 Wells Fargo
2 Mexican, The
3 For a Few Dollars More
4 Joker
5 Dancer
6 Duchess of Orleans, The
7 If Heaven's on Beauty's Side
8 Lady
9 Doctor Love
10 Gimme Some Leg
11 Jack O'Lantern
12 Amar Caballero (Sin Ton Nit Son): El Caballero de la Reina Isabella
13 Broken Cloud
14 Fistful of Dollars
15 Black Dog
16 We Are Holding On
Product Attributes
Artist Babe Ruth
Music Format Compact Disc

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